Music and Reviews from Clare, Limerick, Waterford and sometimes further afield

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Concerts at CCSM Glanmire

 from CCSM Concert Series 
Rachel and Ciara O Donovan                            Hot Cross Foxtrot  trad /Martin 
Hannah Wall and Ciara                                     Medley, Twinkle,/ OldMac /French Folk Song 
Jacinta Donovan    Vln duet                              Lullaby of Birdland /An Paistin Fionn arr Deloughrey 
Rose and Johanna Murray   trio                        Sleigh Ride from Christmas Fiddler
Eimear Sugrue      Vln duet                               Christmas lullabies   arr Cecelia Weston 
Juliette &Louise Hennessy  Duet                      Mamma Mia  arr Couthard
Rose , Johanna and Catherine Cronin Trios      Coventry Carol and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Glanmire Octet                                                   Zither Carol/Lo Like a Rose / O Christmas Tree   
Centre concert  Nora Murphy                             The Christmas Song  ,
Glanmire Octet members include  Amy Dolan, Eimear Broderick, Sarah McCarthy, Eabha Landers, Amy Lynch, Aisling Connery.                                                                                                  
   Tuttti Play along Jingle Bells 

Rhythm and Reeds Ensemble  with director Louise McCarthy
Term ended with a series of concerts at the CCSM (Co Cork School of Music) centres .  I was proud to present the students named above at concerts in Glanmire Community College. We worked hard in recent weeks  at preparing seasonal duets. With a lot to cover, this aspect of musicianship can be neglected  during term time and I enjoyed the opportunity of  playing with my students.  I particularly enjoyed the ensembles. The octet played  their Christmas selection with gusto. The Rhythm and Reeds Ensemble under Louise McCarthy made a joyful sound in their festive selection and it was heartening to see a good gender balance in the  Ballincollig Youth Orchestra with a contemporary programme of David Guetta and the Fr Ted theme in arrangements by  conductor, Michael Cummins.

While the merits of two , three and  four part harmony were apparent in the performances, I was reminded of the power and pleasure  of straight forward  unison playing by an intermediate violin ensemble at the CCSM concert at Colaiste Choilm in Ballincollig. The nine  students of Siobhan O Shea offered  an
 instrumental rendition with piano accompaniment of O Holy Night which even for those of us suffering from OHN fatigue was absolutely charming. Bravo tutti!
Teacher / student duet 

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