RECENTLY 40 members of WalIace High School's Capella embarked on their first concert tour to Cork.
Capella was also accompanied by the Past Choristers, who were performing alongside them and independently at the different venues.
The Organist and Director of Music, Coleraine born Mr Malcolm Wisener gave a short talk before the concert at St Fin Barre's Cathedral in Cork and then it was down to business. The concert programme remained the same for all the concerts in County Cork and can be seen below. Highlights included Stanford's Motet 'Beati Quorum Via' Faure's 'Cantique de Jean Racine' and McGlynn's arrangement of 'Fionnghuala' The concert received great praise and the standard of performance was excellent.
The next day was spent in Blarney Castle, giving a recital in the oldest hall of the castle before a light lunch and off to Youghal, where the evening concert took place. Visitors and staff at Blarney were delighted with the surprising mix of a cappella music drifting around the old Norman edifice.
The evening concert was organised by the Offtce of Public Works and was a great success, with a nice tea served at the interval allowing the choir to meet the audience. The audience were unable to contain their surprise that Capella was a school choir, consisting of school students as the standard of performance was much higher than they'd expected.
It was the final tour for Mrs Mitchell who has now retired from Wallace. Mr David Falconer, who organised the trip, commented: "Having been as far away as the USA last summer, this trip was no less enjoyable. The people of Cork were tremendous. I would like to wish Mrs Mitchell all the best for her retirement and thank her for her continued support over the years. I would also like to thank Miss Bill and Mr McGeown for their help in making the trip so successful, as well as Mr Saunders for playing so creatively, managing difficuite instruments in a short space of time, and for his general bonhomie."
Capella is the senior chamber choir at Wallace High School. Students are
invited to join this small chamber choir after showing potential to sing to
the required high standards. This year the choir is very large due to the
demands made by the repertoire. The choir has 45 members, is SSAATTBB and
includes students from ages 14 to 18.
Capella can be heard on: October 10 Railway Street Presbyterian Church 6.30pm; October 15 Prize Day 2pm; October 22 Attend concert in Clonard (Anuna) 7.30pm; November 14 Faure Requiem 'Come and Sing' Dromore Cathedral 6pm.
November 28 Advent Sequence St Patrick's Church, Lisburn (evening); December 9 Stormont Government buildings (evening); December 5 Lisburn Cathedral 3 pm; December 14 Carols and readings Hillsborough Parish 7.30pm; December 17 M&S Spruceftled Charity Fund raiser afternoon.