|Pat Morris with St Peter's College Orchestra 2013|
It was a Sunday afternoon in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Dozens of youngsters arriving in their school uniform on a weekend afternoon was unusual enough but even more so was that all of them were carrying cases bearing musical instruments of one sort or another. St Peter's College is a large co ed post primary school run by Meath VEC with about 1200 students currently enrolled. Among the extra curricular activities it boasts a 40 + strong school orchestra. I was thrilled to be invited as guest of honour to a Grand Concert by St Peter's College Orchestra. last May, their first full length concert. There was a wonderful sense of occasion as the hall was packed with colleagues, past pupils, siblings and proud parents, There were refreshments for all. The sense of immense pride in the endeavour was palpable and both Principal Eamonn Gaffney and Vice Principal Maureen Murray were in attendance.
|St Peter's College Orchestra 2006|
Since my time there Clare Carolan has been busy teaching wind instruments in the area and assisting with directing the ensemble The impact one committed teacher can have was apparent in the many fine wind and brass players in the ensemble.
On a practical level a full length programme was achieved with a good mix of solo and ensemble numbers and smaller ensembles drawn from the larger pool. Players of all level of ability were included. I specially liked film themes, The Great Escape, Concerning Hobbits, Pirates of the Carribbean to name just a few.
Bravo tutti! Pat, Clare and your students on your wonderful work.
You can read Pat Morris' report on the event here