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Wesley Feis Choir Competition

Wesley Feis Choir Competition

Awarded First Place!

Belvedere was extremely well represented at the Wesley Interschools Music Festival over the weekend with over 100 students involved between choral and instrumental competitions.

On Friday, the choirs under the direction of Frances Stoker Phelan and Ruaidhri O Dalaigh sang a number of times throughout the evening with highly varied repertoire presented in each competition. The big success of the evening came in the Unaccompanied Vocal Ensemble Competition in which the Chamber Choir were awarded first place and the cup for their outstanding performance of ‘Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel’.

The boys arrived at Wesley bright and early on Saturday morning raring to go and had a great start to the day with the Ms. Bridgeman’s Junior String Ensemble and Euphonium Duet competing in the Junior Chamber Groups. Belvedere was also well represented in the Senior Chamber Group Competition which featured the Senior String Ensemble (2nd), Brass Ensemble (3rd) and Saxophone Ensemble. The Clarinet Quartet consisting of Nicolas Day, Ben O’Brien, Tim Puszczewicz and Eoin Sherlock were awarded first place and took home the cup.

Many Belvedere students performed in solo competitions with great success; notably, there were medals in second place for Cathal Ahern (U16 Woodwind), third place for Oisin Keating MacDermott (O16 Strings) and Aritro De (O16 Piano) while Ben O’Brien (O16 Woodwind) and Daniel Roddy (O16 Classical Guitar) both took home the cup in their competitions. The combination of vocal and instrumental solo with small and large ensemble allowed the boys to be involved in a huge amount of competitions over the weekend with a number of them competing in up to 11 competitions.

The weekend was rounded off just as successfully as it had begun. David O’Hanlon Trad Group gave an outstanding performance in their afternoon competition. This was followed by the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, both under the direction of Dan Dunne, who went head to head in the Orchestral Band Competition and came joint second place. The Chamber Orchestra featured the Jazz Orchestra performing Shostakovich Jazz Waltz No. 1 while Ms. Curtin’s Chamber Orchestra gave an extremely polished performance of ‘Idatarod’ to secure first place in this competition. And the excitement didn’t finish there…, in the last competition of the day the full Orchestra, under the direction of Louise Curtin were awarded first place and the trophy against tough opposition from the High School, Blackrock College. Many thanks to Sarah Dunne who captured many actions shots and performances on video which will be shared in the coming days.

The boys hugely enjoyed the opportunity to perform over the weekend in what is a brilliantly run Music Festival by Wesley College. Many of the students will be performing in the Annual Wind Band Evening on Friday, March 15th at 7:00 pm, the Chamber Music Evening on 20th March and the Annual Music Evening on May 3rd so if you would like to catch rounds 2, 3 and 4 please do come along.

-Belvedere College Music Department

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