St Peter’s College Dunboyne Orchestra

Pat Morris of St Peter’s College Dunboyne Orchestra writes about the orchestra’s debut concert recently.

1On Sunday the 12th of May, St Peter’s College Dunboyne Orchestra performed their debut concert. The event drew in a big crowd to the Gannon area. The local area were aware that the orchestra had been rehearsing for months for this concert and their hard work and dedication was clear to be seen.

The school were delighted to welcome back Cathy Desmond to play alongside our students. Cathy Desmond founded the school orchestra with Ms. Morris in 2004. The orchestra now has 46 students of different age, range and ability and is currently under the tutelage and direction of Ms. Morris and Ms Clare Carolan.
IMG_1966We were also happy to welcome back former student, orchestra member, teacher and orchestra conductor Paul Strachan who guest conducted the orchestra. The audience were treated to an amazing programme which contained pieces played by the full orchestra, wind, strings, flutes and saxophone ensembles.

We also heard beautiful solo pieces from Leaving Certificate students Ronan Collins, Aoife McKeon and Diarmuid McDonnell and were shown presentations on their trip to London and performing in the National Concert Hall from Transition Year students.

The orchestra performed a wide variety of stunning pieces ranging from Birdland and Blue Tango to An Trinoid and Lord Of The Dance to pieces from The Great Escape and Harry Potter.

Our orchestra is made up of 15 Violins, 9 Flutes, 7 Clarinets, 7 Saxophones, 2 basses played by Richard Moran and Shane O’Neil, Tuned Percussion by Sean Carolan, Piano by Leanne Bergin, French Horn by Niall Carolan, Trumpet by Ben Carolan and Drums from Eoin O’Reilly.
This was a fantastic event for everyone involved and is without a doubt the first of many.

Pat Morris