St Mel’s to host NCC concert

Local students in full voice as they rehearse for tonight's big concert. Photo: Shelley Corcoran
St Mel’s Cathedral will be filled with the beautiful sounds of singing tonight, Wednesday, as the Longford and Leitrim branches of the National Children’s Choir come together for an unforgettable concert.

St Mel’s Cathedral will be filled with the beautiful sounds of singing tonight, Wednesday, as the Longford and Leitrim branches of the National Children’s Choir come together for an unforgettable concert.

Approximately 240 pupils from fourth, fifth and sixth class in St Joseph’s NS; St Emer’s NS; St Teresa’s NS, Killoe; St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; St Dominic’s NS, Kenagh and St Patrick’s NS, Drumshanbo will perform a beautiful setlist of eighteen beloved songs - ranging from religious hymns to traditional Irish tunes.

“They’ve been preparing in their own schools since last September,” explained Sinéad Smith, a teacher in St Emer’s NS.

Though they have only come together a handful of times to rehearse as a group, the choir sound amazing, and their two, three and often four-part harmonies are stunning.

Pointing out that the pupils have been working hard on their parts, Ms Smith said that they were extremely lucky to have Fintan Farrelly (Principal of St Dominic’s NS, Kenagh) and Maureen O’Keefe (Principal, St Patrick’s NS, Drumshanbo) on board as Accompanist and Conductor, respectively.

“The kids are very excited,” Ms Smith added.

This concert will see all of the Longford/Leitrim students take part, while a percentage of singers will be chosen to take part in the national concerts in Dublin in June.

The concert takes place in St Mel’s College tonight, Wednesday. Tickets, costing €8, are available through the participating schools and on the door on the night. Doors open at 7.15pm.

Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.