Davitt College Chamber Choir Successful at All-Ireland Event
Congratulations to the Davitt College Chamber Choir on coming 2nd in the All-Ireland SCCUL Enterprise Galway Choral Festival in the GMIT on May 6th 2016. Considering that this was their debut public performance, it is an outstanding achievement for the group and their musical director Mrs. Claire Kennedy, who said “We are absolutely thrilled with our success, not only in this competition but as a choir established merely three months ago.” The competition (in its inaugural year) was held on the GMIT Galway campus. Six schools in total participated in the equal voice choral competition, travelling from Dublin, Sligo, Tipperary and Galway. Davitt College was the only Post-Primary school taking part from Co. Mayo.
Mrs. Kennedy reflects on the last three months, “We entered this competition to give our students a chance to experience the many benefits of singing in a choir such as improved listening skills, team work, commitment and comradery. Numerous studies have shown that singing in a choir reduces stress and improves mood, which in turn could have a positive impact on overall health. What we ended up with was not only a real sense of achievement but a true determination to continue our success on a vocal and personal level”.
The students involved were: Ella Mongey, Clodagh Gainley, Aoife Halligan, Roisin Lennon, Roisin Callaghan, Annabelle Comer Halliwell, Roadhan Mc Kenna, Kathryn Tiernan, Marianna Tiernan, Claire Mc Hale, Cian Kilkenny, Megan Costello, Deirbhile Mellotte, Shannon Crouch, Natasha Nally, Htoo Htoo Lar, Johanna Mc Donagh, and Rebecca Kenny. Second Year Student Peter Belseva was their accompanist.
Davitt College Chamber Choir is open to all students and includes an audition process. Mrs. Kennedy is looking forward to welcoming new members this September 2016.