The Choir of Sligo Grammar School has been an important feature of school life for many years. This year it has been particularly busy, singing for the School Prize Day and Carol Service, as usual, but also enjoying other outings. In January it performed on radio – the Ocean FM Francie Boylan Show which can be heard on our School facebook page. The Special Service of Remembrance in November also saw our choir perform in Calry Church. In April of last year the choir took pride of place at the second Gala Concert in aid of the NorthWest MS Therapy Centre and the School Music Department. They performed for parents, teachers and friends at the fundraising Boston Tea Party that was organised by the Parents Association and SGS Alumni in February.
Sligo Grammar school choir as it currently exists was founded in the autumn of 1986 by Mr. Alfred Potter. Mr Potter is now taking a back seat, handing the baton over to Mr Jonathan Carter, although he will still be involved in the role of organist.
The choir boasts some fine soloists and some very talented voices. They have sung on National television and radio, and have released 2 CDs. The second of which ‘What Sweeter Music’, is a selection of Christmas Carols from Sligo Grammar School.
Sligo Grammar School on RTE.
On Sunday October 11th 2015 Sligo Grammar School hosted RTE’s Sunday Service.
Teachers and Students travelled to the RTE studios in Donnybrook to record a special Harvest Thanksgiving Service.
The service was lead by Canon Patrick Bamber, Chaplain of Sligo Grammar School. He was assisted by Mr. Damien Shorten. The congregation was drawn from the school body, and included students and teachers. Lessons and prayers were read by Mr. David Johnston, teacher of English, Mrs. Ruth Galbraith, History teacher, the Headmaster, Mr. Michael Hall, the Head Boy and Head Girl, Fionn Carty and Melissa Cryan and the Deputy Head Girl and Head Boy Nell Kelly and Liam Bell.
The school choir and musicians provided the music. The choir was prepared and directed by Mr. Jonathan Carter, assisted by Mr. Alfred Potter. Musicians were led by music teacher Mr. Keith O’Donnell.
Preparation for the Service was very much a whole-school effort, drawing participants from across all year groups.
Choir and musicians sing at RTE 2015
Anyone who is interested in joining should contact the choirmaster, Mr Carter