We wish heartiest congratulations to Maynooth Education Campus choir on their fantastic, recent success. As first time entrants to the Navan Choral Festival (a national competition held on 5th May last) they were awarded third place overall in this prestigious competition. Of particular note is that the mixed voice choir comprises of 132 students from 1st to 6th year and is all inclusive, with no audition process. Furthermore, it was the largest choir ever to compete in the competition. The next largest entrant being only half their number. Their success in this elite competition was heightened when taken in the context of their seasoned choral competitors.
The students performed two pieces in very different styles, both a cappella. First there was a choral arrangement of the famous Scottish folksong ‘Loch Lomond’’ with solo performed by 5th year student, Meghan Killalea. Following this was the haunting spiritual setting of ‘Elijah Rock’. Both were stunning performances that could not fail to impress and that they did! The performance was strongly received getting rapturous applause in the venue.
The choir was led by Mr Jonathan Hanlon, Choral Director and Conductor. He was assisted by Ms Elaine Clarke, Ms Aisling Murtagh, Ms Erin Dollard, Ms Lorraine Cormican, Ms Paula Farrell and Mr Fergal Brennan. Mr Hanlon was singled out for particular praise by the adjudicators for his ability to command so successfully the attention of such a large choir. Indeed, the students must be commended for their exemplary behaviour and dedication. The many long Friday afternoon, weekend and holiday rehearsals most definitely paid off and built on a long established, strong choral tradition in the school. The sense of pride and achievement in their success was palpable among students and staff alike on the day. Well done to all involved. We look forward to their building on this success in to the future!