Heavenly Autumn Sounds draws large crowd in Tullamore

OVER 300 people attended the Autumn Sounds concert with the band of an Garda Siochana and the Sacred Heart School’s choir and orchestra at the Tullamore Court Hotel last Tuesday night.

OVER 300 people attended the Autumn Sounds concert with the band of an Garda Siochana and the Sacred Heart School’s choir and orchestra at the Tullamore Court Hotel last Tuesday night.

The event was hosted by the school’s Parents Council and was co-ordinated by devoted music teacher Regina McCarthy.

The event was a fundraiser for the Book Rental Scheme and was also an opportunity for the Sacred Heart Senior Choir to get some practice in advance of their appearance in the All Ireland Choir competition which takes place tomorrow (Thursday October 13) in Cork.

The Band of an Garda Siochana got the evening off to a rousing start with its opening number Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Fanfare for the Common Man and then proceeded at a lively pace through a mixture of contemporary, classical and traditional airs as well as some musical standards with two excellent vocalists. Pride of place in the Garda Siochana ranks went to local man Paul Hensey who also tutors pupils in the Sacred Heart on flute and he had eight of his pupils join the Garda Band to perform The Flower Duet.

Following the performance by the Band of an Garda Siochana there was a brief interval before the students got to show their talents. First up was the First Year Choir who performed Mama Mia (they went to see the show the following day) and Can You Hear Me?; then Leaving Cert students Aideen Naughton and Eileen Brennan entertained with a Saxophone duet of Super Mario.

Aisling Geoghegan gave a beautiful rendition of Colours of the Wind while Caoimhe Ryan sang a haunting version of Songbird interspersed with the school’s trad group performing a selection. The school orchestra performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Can Can and Radetsky March by Strauss.

Saidbhe Cullen did a delightful interpretation of Mary Black’s song Katie before the String Ensemble performed the Beatles’ Yesterday and Te Deum, then Ann Whelan sang Elton John’s Your Song before the evening concluded with the Senior Choir performing Tears in Heaven, Whistle a Happy Tune and Feel Good by Tyson & Scott.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Des Doyle of Midlands 103 who provided a running commentary of the songs and pieces of music.

The Sacred Heart School Book Rental scheme has been running for 20 years and costs the school €50,000 to operate for the 713 pupils. Every year the Parents Council makes a contribution of around €8,000 so that each pupil can avail of the Book rental Scheme which costs €150 or less per pupil per year.

Chairperson of the Parents Council Ger O’Brien said they were deeply indebted to Regina McCarthy for her commitment to the school’s choir and orchestra and to Council member Barbara Mahon for her trojan work in making the night a success.