Wesley College Dublin

Feis Ceoil Treble for Senior Choir

In the stunning surrounds of St Bartholemew's Church, Clyde Road, a rich and lively acoustic served to enhance the already wonderful blend and tone of the Cór Sinsearach Choláiste Wesley singing two contrasting, unaccompanied songs as Gaeilge in this year’s Cóir Iarbhunscoile Competition.

Describing their winning performances, dúirt an moltóir gur léirigh an cór fuinneamh iontach díreach ón tús. Taispeántas iontach a bhí ann. The adjudicator, Deirdre Moynihan, was impressed by their energy right from the start and enjoyed their lovely performance of Sí do Mhaimeo í arranged by Michael McGlynn.  In their second chosen song, An Teitheadh go hÉigipt by Éamonn Ó Gallchobhair, the adjudicator described the choir’s engaging performance, using dynamics to create a real sense of drama throughout - léiriú mealltach a bhí ann an uair seo. Chreid an moltóir go raibh dráma le brath ón úsáid iontach a baineadh as dinimic.

Ar an iomlán dúirt an moltóir gur bhain sí an-taitneamh as na hamhráin. Dúirt sí go raibh sé soiléir gur bhain an cór an-taitneamh as bheith ag canadh agus thaitin sé leis an moltóir é sin a fheiceáil.

The cavernous RDS Concert Hall was Senior Choir’s second venue of the day where all of the heavyweights of school choral singing were ready to present their chosen open repertoire programmes. 

Hugely impressed by the earthy basses, attentive tenors, and beautiful upper voices in the choir internationally renowned adjudicator, Greg Beardsall, praised their attention to detail, carefully crafted dynamic range and skilful communication. An incredibly high score of 90 marks gave Wesley first place and their second piece of silverware that afternoon, the Alice Yoakley Cup. 

All of the day’s winners returned to the RDS Concert Hall for the Grand Final and as winners of two cups, Senior Choir elected to represent the Alice Yoakley Competition. For the second time that day, they were first to perform to a packed RDS Concert Hall and at the end of a wonderful evening they were awarded the 2017 Folens Publishers Award for Best Secondary School choir, continuing their unbeaten 12-month run of competitive success.