THERE was talent to spare at A Christmas Miscellany, the variety concert which kicked off the Christmas holidays for the students at Colaiste na Trocaire, Rathkeale last Wednesday.
“It was a celebration but also a chance to showcase the talent of our students,” Jean O’Brien, the school’s dynamic music teacher explained.
Jean master-minded the event which took place in the school hall and played accompaniment on the night along with student Brendan McInerney on drums. Violinist Anne Phelan, a past pupil of Jean’s who now plays with the RTE Concert Orchestra, returned to play accompaniment for the night but also performed a number of solos to the great delight of the audience.
“We had a bit of everything: we had ballet with Aisling Donovan performing, we had hip-hop and we had a nativity scene,” Jean explained. “We had a lot of soloists but most of the second half was devoted to a Christmas theme with carols sung by soloists and by the school choir, which includes students from first to sixth year.”
First-year Enda Walsh’s rendition of “Walking in the air” has now made it to Youtube where another singer Maeve Mulqueen also features.
For many, the high-light of the evening was Sharon Ruttle, singing O Holy Night backed by the school choir. Sharon’s bell-like voice moved the audience to a standing ovation, bringing the concert to an upbeat end.
MC for the night was Alan Chawke and all funds raised go to the school.