Cór Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Cailíní
There is a long history of excellent choral singing in the school.
The choir has achieved great success in recent years having won The Cork International Choral Festival on three occasions , The Sr. Benedicta Cup at Feis Maitiú and Féile an tSamhraidh.
In 2015 the choir were specially chosen to sing in the Cork Opera House Christmas Concert alongside opera stars Majellah Cullagh and Ronald Samm .
April 2016 saw the choir perform in a special anniversary Cork Junior Youth Orchestra Concert at The Everyman Palace and in December 2016 the choir performed in the Enable Ireland Christmas Concert in the City Hall.
In February 2017 the choir were chosen to be the childrens chorus in Carmen at The Opera House alongside The Cork Operatic Society and a host of operatic stars.
At Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Cailíní we enjoy performing traditional music. Every child learns to play the tin whistle in senior infants and by sixth class can play a variety of jigs, reels and polkas. We have a both a Junior Band and a Senior Band which perform at school concerts and special occasions. Our senior band members also play the fiddle, flute and accordion.
Traditional fiddle classes take place every Tuesday after school.
These classes are offered to children from second to sixth with approximately 6-8 children in each class. The focus is on technique and the learning of Traditional Irish tunes.
Currently, we have a beginner and an intermediate class.
These children regularly perform with the school at various events such as our annual busking for St. Vincent de Paul, our Christmas Fair and recitals for parents. The children really enjoy learning music among their peers and these performances help to build their confidence.
Following the huge success of our first whole school musical ‘Honk’ an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling in June 2010 we have since produced ‘Annie Junior,’ 'Alice in Wonderland Junior’ and 'The Lion King Junior.'
The production of a whole school musical is the result of the work of a hugely united and enthusiastic staff, parent and pupil body. Every single child from Junior Infants to Sixth Class is given the opportunity to perform on the stage. The musical develops children’s musical, dramatic and creative talents while building their self-esteem and confidence. Through the productions children’s sense of belonging in our school community is enhanced, as it creates a wonderful buzz of excitement and team spirit throughout the school.
The Rory Gallagher Theatre in Cork Institute of Technology has provided a fantastic, professional venue for our productions to date and the staff of CIT are a wonderful support to us. In the 120 seater tiered auditorium the children take to the stage for five shows over three consecutive days bringing a little bit of Broadway to Bishopstown.
It is a tradition we certainly will continue in future years. Stay tuned for our next production!