Students’ compositions performed by the National Chamber Choir

There may by a Mozart or Beethoven in our midst here in Greenhills if recent success in musical composition is anything to go by. Each year senior music students are invited to join the National Chamber Choir Composition Scheme. This scheme allows students to write a piece of vocal music for the National Chamber Choir with the help of professional composers, singers and conductors. Completed songs are then rehearsed and recorded by the NCC, with the best of these compositions being showcased in a concert in the National Gallery of Ireland.

This year Greenhills students Nicole Keyes, Nicola Kelly, Nikita Owens, Michelle McEneaney and Barbara Kirk completed three compositions. Two of these pieces made the final concert. “Hickory Dickory Mice”, by Barbara Kirk and Michelle McEneaney, consisted of a fusion of various nursery rhymes through the use of canon and melodic sequences. Meanwhile Nikita Owens’ beautiful, softly dissonant setting of W. B. Yeats’ “He Wishes for the Clothes of Heaven” won a special commendation from the judges. Congratulations to all of the involved students and to their teacher, Mr. Brennan.

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