Kilkenny College Music Department Notes Summer 2021
Despite every imaginable obstacle in our way the teachers and students within the music department have managed to keep music to the fore in Kilkenny College. From transition year podcasts to Zoom lessons and outdoor rehearsals we made the most of the 2020/2021 school year. The culmination of our years’ work was the Musical evening which was pre-recorded and premiered on the schools YouTube channel on the 20th of May. It’s still available to download so check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1j6JZU2Lbc
During 2020’s first lockdown we had ‘The Starnes Sister’s’ entertain us via their Facebook page. This year they took part in TG4’s Realta agus Gaolta programme. Despite an amazing performance the girls failed to progress to the final. We wish past pupil Alana and current transition year student Abbey all the best in the future.
With the grade exams moving online this year our students had to pre-record their exams. This was a first for many and despite all the technical challenges our students persevered. Thirteen woodwind and brass students completed their graded certificates with the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), numerous students continued with their piano, voice, flute, and strings exams with the various exam boards. Several percussion students were awarded distinctions from the Trinity College London Rock and Pop exams. Well done to all.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions it was a quieter year than usual for the jazz band. Nevertheless, they managed to get together outside Celbridge house in May to record a performance of Elton John’s – I’m still standing for the music evening. After a year of no concerts, it was great to see the jazz band back to doing what they do best. Well done to Mr. Eamon Cahill for preparing his students so well.
Congratulations to Teige Powell form 6, a long-standing member of the school jazz band and an in-demand bass player for some of the other school bands. Teige has been accepted to study jazz bass with Mr. Ronan Guilfoyle for the BA in Jazz and Contemporary performance at DCU. Everyone in the music department wishes him the best in the future.
3.50 -5.20 Top pitch
3.50 -5.20 Top pitch
4 – 5.00
( Skills/S and C)
U -15 Rugby
3.50 – 5.30
S and C Gym
3.50 – 5.30
3.50 – 5.30
6.10 – 7.40
S and C gym
3.50 -4.30 Hollow
Possible Skills session
S and C on pitch
TY Rugby (Cup squad)
3.50 – 5.30
Pitch at front
S and C: 7.40 -9.20
3.50 – 5.30 Pitch at front
3.50 - 4.30
3.50 - 5.20 (Pitch recovery)
3.50 – 5.20
S and C
7am -7.50 am
Sunday night S and C
9 – 10.30
3.50 – 5.30
S and C
7am to 7.50 am
3.50 – 5.30
S and C
4 -5.30 (gym)
3:45 to 5:15
Pitch at front
3:45 to 5:15
Pitch at front
A school play is produced and staged each year including students from Form 1 through to Form 6. Rehearsals happen twice a week in the McAdoo Hall.
This group has members from all years in our College. We organise meetings and trips, usually on Wednesday afternoons. We have gone on day trips around Kilkenny and the southeast, organised a trip to Flanders in 2017 for members and their families, are finishing a walled garden restoration scheme beside Celbridge House, fundraised for church repairs, we worked to help provide our new library service, and have workshops with guest speakers, as well as our own meetings on Wednesday afternoons.
This year we hope to travel to the National Stud, Japanese Gardens and St Brigid’s Cathedral Kildare; Birr Castle and Demesne; Historic Ferns and Borris; Rothe House and Kilkenny Castle; Trinity College and the National Gallery, Dublin; Saint Mullins and Graiguenamanagh; and the Woodstock Estate, Inistiogue.
We aim to have our walled garden restoration scheme completed by the Spring of 2022. Many more activities and events will occur.
Our hardworking committee are assembling a list of guest speakers for the forthcoming year, and will display it on our notice-board. The Heritage Group is currently headed up by Leah Shaw.
Our new library is available for use by students and it provides a safe environment for students to take time out in their busy school day. A keen voluntary committee of students headed up by Julia Cardenas Treacy and Sydney Sharpe work with Mr Paul Cuddihy to try and provide a wide selection of books and magazines for our students. This year we have extended our magazine section to 20 different monthly magazines. With regular competitions and guest speakers we aim to have a very busy and productive year ahead.
All students are welcome and all suggestions will receive careful consideration as we endeavour to grow our library service for our students. Our library is open at lunchtime and after school each day and by arrangement.
Book Club meets every month, normally the first Monday of each month. We meet at 7pm in the library. Details are announced in school of the book we are reading
Trips to exhibitions, shows, lectures, factories, careers exhibitions etc. are arranged for pupils taking subjects such as Geography, Science, Art, Physical Education, English, History and Agricultural Science.
Visits usually take place during the school holidays to Northern Ireland, England and the Continent.
Players and supporters enjoy matches played ‘home and away’. There are regular rugby and hockey competitions during the season against local schools, Dublin schools and further afield, including trips to Ulster, Munster and occasionally to England and the Continent. The senior rugby team has travelled to Canada and France.
These also take place to various locations, more recently to mainland Europe through our involvement in European Studies and the Comenius Project.
Language exchange programmes to France and Germany have been operating for several years.
Debating and Public Speaking
Both Debating and Public Speaking enjoy high profiles in Kilkenny College. The junior and senior clubs thrive and pupils who participate are equipped with invaluable lifelong skills. We enter many International, National and Regional competitions.
Chess and Draughts
Chess and Draughts Clubs are active with pupils taking part in competitions, both inside and outside the College.
Participation in the President’s Awards – Gold, Silver and Bronze – takes place each season. Some continue their involvement into Third Level.
This activity teaches pupils how to participate in an adventure activity in a safe and controlled way.
International adventure has brought pupils as far away as Vietnam and to Kenya. Training commences with regular hill walking in the uplands of the South East. Pupils train and prepare for two years, learning how to fund-raise for themselves and be fully fit for the rigours of trekking in difficult terrain and climate.
Within Kilkenny, the College plays its part in raising money for charity, e.g. Bake sales, clothes and mobile phone collections to name but a few. There is also an Annual Musical Evening held every May and Carol singing at Christmas time to raise funds for local charities.
‘The Swift Review’ is a news magazine with articles and news written by volunteering pupils. It gives a flavour of life in the college and beyond.
Four rugby pitches accommodate over a dozen teams of boys playing the game. Teams take part in the premier sections of the Leinster Senior and Junior Cup and League Competitions enjoying considerable success. Boys have attained representative honours for Leinster and Ireland.
Boys and girls play on two synthetic pitches and two shale pitches. Girls play within the South-East area while boys play in the Leinster competitions and have been very successful in recent years. Players, both girls and boys, have won interprovincial and international honours at under-16 and under-18 level.
This sport is largely undertaken on an individual basis, but a “Fit for Life” running activity is provided as part of our ECA programme. The College also competes in inter-schools Cross Country in the Autumn term and inter-school outdoor Track and Field events both team and individual in the Summer term.
We have many pupils who enjoy golf and some who represent the college with distinction in various local, provincial and inter school competitions. Some pupils take part in the Past Pupils’ Annual Golf Outing.
Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do is on every Friday in the Macadoo from 3.50-4.50. We have 2 black belts in 1st yr - Ashton Botha and Lydia Berry. They are pictured with Aoife Botha, past pupil and Master Michael Botha, instructor.
Outdoor sports include tennis, cricket, soccer and cross-country running. The large Sports Hall is the venue for various indoor activities including physical education classes, indoor hockey, indoor soccer, basketball, weight training and table tennis.
This is provided as an ECA activity each Tuesday afternoon after school throughout the year. It is aimed at all age-groups in the college and is a therapeutic leisure activity. Lane swimming is provided for those who wish to use it for fitness reasons while a less formal area of the pool is provided for those who wish to enjoy a more relaxing swim.
Boys and girls receive coaching in the sport in our P.E. Hall. There is much interest and pupils recently won a national championship.
Founded in 1994 our Equestrian Club endeavours to encourage our members to develop their interest in and love for all aspects of the equestrian world.
We compete in schools competitions at weekends, have meetings with guest speakers and have trips to visit the Irish National Stud planned for this school year.
It is a requirement that all our riders wear back protectors and helmets during competition, and care for their ponies and horses.
Every rider, irrespective of ability is given every encouragement and whatever the results are at the end of the day we try to ensure that skills are being developed and that each rider returns home happy that they have done their best and make new friends. It is important too to contact your parents before putting your name forward for team competitions.
After 18 months without competitions we would hope to have a very busy and enjoyable year ahead
Over the years we have won 40 Irish titles and we have won 6 titles in Hickstead as well. Many of our former members have gone on to work in the equestrian industry, some as jockeys, and very many retain their love of horses for life. See details on our notice board or contact Mr Paul Cuddihy in Room 3 or Hetty Cope and Kate Collins, our joint chairpersons.
This year we are planning to compete in the schools show-jumping league which starts in October. We hope to get half-zips for competing members.
Please try to attend our meetings which will be advertised.
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Music at Kilkenny College
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato
Music is in integral part of life at Kilkenny College we endeavour to inspire a love of music in students of all ages and abilities. We cater to a wide range of musical styles from classical to traditional, jazz and rock.
We offer tuition in a wide range of instruments: piano / singing / violin / viola / cello / organ / saxophone / trombone / trumpet / clarinet / percussion / bass, electric, acoustic, and classical guitar / ukulele / flute / recorder / tin whistle / music theory.
We have a wide range of instruments available in the school for use and many are available to rent.
Students are welcome to join our many ensembles such as, jazz band, Irish traditional group, ukulele group, orchestra, recorder ensemble, sight singing/ junior /senior and chamber choirs.
Through our partnership with St Canice’s Cathedral, we offer generous Choral Scholarships for singing in the Cathedral which covers the cost of singing lessons and a generous stipend.
Our students have opportunities to perform at our many school events such as, the carol service, the musical evening, and the many pop-up concerts that take part during the year. We also take part in choral and music festivals throughout the country.
For further information please contact our department co-ordinator:
Lisa Hennessy- Music Department Co-ordinator, Guitar Tutor
Bartosz Thiede- Choral Conductor, Orchestra Conducto, Organ, Piano and Vocal Tutor
Nicola Harding- Head of Academic Music, Vocal Tutor
Annemarie Kavanagh- Department Music Teacher, Grupa Ceoil and Ukulele Director, piano, vocal tutor
Eamon Cahill- Jazz Band Director, Woodwind/Brass Tutor
Carl Rochford- Strings Tutor
Yvonne Collier- Piano Tutor
Cora Newman- Vocal Tutor
Ashley Sheehan- Guitar Tutor
Jeremy Hickey- Percussion Tutor
Senior choir; Monday 6-7pm
Junior choir; Tuesday 4-5pm
Chamber Choir; Tuesday 6-7pm
Pop choir; Friday 3.45-4.30pm
Orchestra; Thursday 6.15-7.30pm
Jazz Band; Tuesday, lunchtime
Grupa Ceoil; Monday, lunchtime
Recorder Ensemble; Tuesday, lunchtime
Sight-Singing Classes; Tuesday, 5-6pm.