|Snow Sprites photos from Clare People|
The musical numbers were accompanied by an assortment of live solo piano accompaniment by musical director, Jillian Bridge, backing tracks and best of all, a live orchestra made up of 30 + students and staff under the direction of violinist, Hugh Connolly and flautist Eilis Faherty. The young musicians did not have to forego the thrills of a stage appearance and elves and snowflakes etc. drifted back to their spot in the band when their on stage duties were done. The predominant accordion section tutored by Sean O Grady worked very well in the accoustic of this hall. Matt Purcell did an excellent job on sound and every voice was audible but not ear piercing. The show running at hour and a quarter without an interval was well paced and most entertaining . The presentation finished with a Christmas medley with all the participants singing together and closing remarks from principal, Sarah Barnes . Requiring two sides of close printed A4 to list all the performers this was a truly marvelous, inclusive, musical and educational endeavour. What wonderful memories these children will take with them from the experience and no doubt many of them will fill the ranks of community groups like the Lismorahaun Singers who also performed in Ennis this evening and continue to sing and entertain their communities in the years to come. Bravo tutti!