Waltons Music for Schools Competition 2013 Finalists Announcement!

(11 Mar 2013)

Now for an announcement that primary and post-primary schools around the country have been waiting for – the Finalists chosen to perform at the National Concert Hall in the second annual Waltons Music for Schools Competition! We not only received a large number of excellent entries, but it was also wonderful to see how different schools – small and large, rural and urban – have worked so imaginatively to develop their music programmes, often with very limited resources.

Our judges from Waltons and RTÉ lyric fm have had a very difficult task choosing the twelve Finalists from the incredibly high standard of entries - and all participating schools should be very proud of their achievements.

Liz Nolan will be joining the twelve Finalist schools for their performances at the National Concert Hall on Monday, 8 April, when three primary and three post-primary schools will win first, second and third prize vouchers for €3000, €1500 and €500 worth of musical instruments and equipment. But in the meantime, we will be posting profiles of the Finalist schools early next week, as well as their entries, on the Waltons, lyric fm and National Concert Hall websites, so do have a look and listen to the wealth of musicality displayed if you can!

Our six primary school finalists – in alphabetical order – are:

Barefield National School, Ennis, Co. Clare
Their entry is ‘Why We Sing’ performed by the 65-strong Barefield National School Choir.

Gaelscoil an tSlí Dála, Borris-in-Ossory, Co. Laois
Their entry is a selection of traditional songs and airs performed by their singing and instrumental group of 15, Slí Dála.

John Scottus Primary School, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Their entry is ‘The Peanut Vendor’ by Moises Simons, performed by the 48-strong John Scottus Primary Choir & Ensemble.

Kilbrittain National School, Co. Cork
Their entry is ‘Music, Music!’ performed by the 72-strong Kilbrittain Music Group.

Knockanean National School, Ennis, Co. Clare
Their entry is ‘Gladiator Fantasia’ performed by the 69-strong Knockanean Music Club.

St. Patrick's Boys National School, Portarlington, Co. Laois
Their entry is ‘Fainne Geal an Lae’ performed by the 56-strong St. Patrick's BNS Marching Band

We would also like to single out the following entries for special commendation:

Bunscoil Loreto, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Gaelscoil Admhamhnain, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Killocraun National School, Co. Mayo
Rath National School, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
St. Peter Apostle Junior School, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin

Our six post-primary school finalists – in alphabetical order – are:

Castleknock College, Dublin 15
Their entry is ‘Somebody to Love’ by Queen, performed by the 47-strong Castleknock College Soul Band & Choir.

Coláiste Raithín, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Their entry is ‘Creep’ by Radiohead, performed by the 26-strong instrumental and choral group Coláiste Raithín.

Crescent College Comprehensive School, Dooradoyle, Co. Limerick
Their entry is ‘Rule the World’ by Take That, performed by the 100-strong Crescent College Comprehensive Choir & Orchestra.

Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan
Their entry is ‘Musical Fusion’ performed by the 84-strong Our Lady’s Performing Arts Group.

Pobalscoil Iosolde, Palmerstown, Co. Dublin
Their entry is ‘Make You Feel My Love’ by Bob Dylan, performed by the 18-strong Iosolde Singers and band.

Presentation College, Headford, Co. Galway
Their entry is a medley of popular & traditional songs performed by Go Beyond the Sea, their 30-strong instrumental and choral ensemble.

We would also like to single out the following entries for special commendation:

Belevedere College, Dublin 1
Colaiste an Craoibhinn, Fermoy, Co. Cork
Colaiste Eanna, Ballyroan, Co. Dublin
Mercy Heights, Skibereen, Co. Cork
Ursuline College, Co. Sligo

Best of luck to all of our Finalists, and a big ‘thank you’ to the many schools around the country who participated. Remember that the Waltons Music for Schools competition is an annual one, so if your school wasn’t a finalist this year, do start thinking of your entry for 2014!

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