Friday 26 April 2024

Feis Ceoil Champions

On 20 March The High School Orchestra participated in the Post-Primary Orchestra competition at the Feis Ceoil, a national music competition celebrating its 128th year. We presented a diverse repertoire of beautiful and challenging pieces: "Norwegian Dance No.3" by Edvard Grieg, "Nimrod" from the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar, and the Theme from E.T. by John Williams. Each piece stood out uniquely: Grieg's composition was lively with a fast-paced and upbeat tempo, while Nimrod was characterized by its slow, harmonious, and expressive nature. The Theme from E.T., on the other hand, was uplifting and exhilarating to perform.

In preparation for the competition, we dedicated our Thursdays to rehearsals leading up to the event and intensified our practice during the week preceding Feis Ceoil. When our performance time arrived we gave it our all. Despite uncertainty about how we fared compared to other schools' performances, upon hearing the results announced, we were thrilled to discover that we emerged victorious! This marks The High School's third successive triumph in recent years at this prestigious competition.

The success is attributed to everyone's hard work and dedication within the orchestra: it truly paid off. Our special thanks go to Ms Hayes and Ms Bourke for their invaluable support throughout this journey.  The High School Orchestra performed at the Feis Ceoil Prizewinners' Gala Concert on the main stage at The National Concert Hall on Wednesday 17 April.
Michael Binchy

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