Our Lady’s are crowned National Champions in Show Choir Ireland 2018

Our Lady’s choir travelled to Dublin on Saturday 3rd November to the Show Choir Ireland 2018 Competition and returned later that evening as National Champions, making it back to back wins in this National competition!

The National Show Choir Competitions are held each year for performing groups who usually sing and dance, combining fun, excitement, passion and friendship in a performance that will inspire the audience and impress the four judges present.

This year there were seven groups who qualified to take part in the final and it is interesting to note that Our Lady’s was the only secondary school who qualified with all the other competitors coming from stage schools and performing arts academies, some being 3rd level institutions and an adult choir. Our Lady’s talented choir with a range of students from First to Sixth Year, a 72 strong group, put on a superb performance that captivated the audience and had the judges remarking ‘on the phenomenal performance’ that had left the judges ‘speechless’. One judge remarked ‘you tick all of the boxes’. The panel of judges loved the group’s ‘use of space, their high energy’ and their mature and well handled theme of ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’. Soloists singled out included Laura Brereton, Michaela Mc Geough, Ciana Kierans and Lisa Rose McMahon. They also commented that every single member of the group gave 200% and left the audience wanting more. The choir won both the judges & the audience vote and came away with 1st place, a superb trophy, the overall prize of €1000 and also captured the Best Vocals award, for good measure. They will now be performing on the main stage of the RDS next February 2019 during the Perform Ireland 3 day event.

Speaking to the Principal of Our Lady’s, Mr Kelly in the wake of the success, he acknowledged the outstanding commitment and dedication made by the Music teacher Ms Murray in preparing the students to such a high standard. “Their performance in the Show Choir Ireland completion was one characterised by passion, energy and enthusiasm and it was clear to see how much the students were enjoying themselves. Their success is a just reward for all their hard work and efforts and we as a school are incredibly proud of their achievements. They are a very important part of our school community and make a very special and inspirational contribution to liturgies and most events in Our Lady’s. The students in the choir are excellent role models for our school community and we could all learn lessons from their generosity of spirit, honesty of effort and humility. We are blessed as a school community to have someone like Ms. Murray to lead and guide our students, her generosity of time and spirit, her commitment and dedication to the students and our school is second to none.”

The choir and Ms Murray were feted before the entire school community in the gym on Tuesday afternoon where their breath-taking and electric performance was pitch perfect and professional to the last. Congratulations to all concerned.

Pictured in Our Lady’s Secondary School are the 72 strong choir who captured 1st prize in the National Show Choir Competition 2018 in the O’Reilly Hall against stiff competition from stage and performing arts groups, many  of whom are in  full-time performance! The group, who also received the ‘Best Vocals’ award, are pictured here with their mentor, Music teacher, Ms Murray.