Coleraine Grammar Choir off to New York

(L to R) Jennifer Gailbraith, Alison McConaghie, Emily McConaghie, Abigail McNeill & Claire Williamson fundraising at B&M for Coleraine Grammar School Chamber Choir. INCR33-15 022BW
(L to R) Jennifer Gailbraith, Alison McConaghie, Emily McConaghie, Abigail McNeill & Claire Williamson fundraising at B&M for Coleraine Grammar School Chamber Choir. INCR33-15 022BW

The Coleraine Grammar School girls’ chamber choir are off to New York!

Following their high standard of performance in the final of the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year, the Coleraine Grammar School Girls’ Chamber Choir has been invited to participate in the Carnegie Hall premiere performance of Karl Jenkins’ Songs of Sanctuary on the Distinguished Concerts International New York Concert Series in New York City.

The performance, on Monday, January 18, 2016, Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, will take place in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Dr. Jonathon Griffith. Karl Jenkins will be the composer-in-residence.

The Coleraine choir, conducted by Richard McCreary, will join with other outstanding choristers from around the world to form the ‘Distinguished Concerts Singers International’, a choir of distinction.

The residency includes two half-days of rehearsals and clinics, culminating in a performance accompanied by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra.

Dr David Carruthers, Principal Designate of Coleraine Grammar School, says: “This is an amazing opportunity for the nineteen sixth form girls who have signed up for the trip.

“It builds on a strong choral tradition of both founding schools down through the years.

“This trip will be a fantastic opportunity for the girls to be ambassadors for Coleraine and to take the name of Coleraine Grammar School across the Atlantic to New York.”

In order to fundraise for the trip, the choir will perform at a special concert to be held at Ulster University’s Diamond Hall.

The event, billed as a Gala Variety Concert will take place on Friday, October 30.

See P27: Coleraine Grammar