Students shine at annual UL concert

Last Thursday, May 2nd, over 80 students from the college performed onstage for our annual Music evening; Musica Vivit.
With a varied and high energy programme featuring Mozart Symphonies, musical showstoppers, traditional Irish favourites and modern choral arrangements from Coldplay, Avicci and Hozier, it was no surprise that many parents and guests labelled it “the best UL concert yet!”

Led by our Head of Music Mr. William Cullagh and Music Program Coordinator Ms. Aoife O Neill, the show was a resounding success featuring a full string ensemble, orchestra and 4 school choirs. Huge thanks and congratulations also to our music teaching staff who not only spent months prepping the boys but also joined them onstage in the orchestra. We wholly appreciate your time and efforts!

Many commented on the inclusion of all years – especially those from Junior House – and how it is both refreshing and encouraging to see such a love of music shown by our younger musicians in 1st and 2nd year.
Unfortunately, however, we cannot stop the sand of time and so we said goodbye to three exceptional musicians who have given so much time to their music studies and extracurricular activities during their tenure at Cistercian College Roscrea. Paying homage to these gentlemen (6th years Sean Clancy, Tadhg Harrington and Lorcan McDonnell), Mr. Grealish thanked them and congratulated them on their dedication to our music department.

Master of Ceremonies Mr. Seamus Hennessy kept us as entertained as our music program and we thank him for his relentless efforts in making the show a resounding success for all the boys. It is not easy to perform in front of your peers on as a grand as a stage as the University Concert Hall, Limerick, but Mr. Hennessy’s kind words about each performer never ceased to relax and encourage them.

Well done to all who performed and helped out backstage and in the months leading up to Musica Vivit. Thank you to all the staff and parents for their encouragement also. It is only with the help of the school community can we afford the opportunity to the boys of showing their musical skills, talents and hard work to such huge audiences. Long may it continue!