SGS on RTE this Christmas

Posted on : December 9, 2019

On Sunday December 8th Sligo Grammar School Choir, musicians, Head boy, Head Girl staff, clergy and representatives of the Board and Incorporated Society travelled to RTE in Dublin to  record this year’s Christmas Day Carol Service. The group travelled by bus, arriving at Donnybrook at 1pm for the recording scheduled to begin at 2.30pm. Although the process was a long one, taking three-and-a-half hours in total, the experience of being in the National Broadcaster was great for everyone involved.  The choir was directed by Jonathan Carter, assisted and accompanied by Mr. Alf Potter. Piano accompaniment was also provided by our German Assistant Konrad Ilgner.  Traditional carols were sung as well as more unusual ones such as The Refugee’s Carol and The Wexford Carol sung as gaeilge by Kate Gavin accompanied on the harp by Eilis Needham. A medley of Christmas Carols were played by two of our trumpeters, Johannes Kavanagh and Nicodemus Milsch. The service was introduced by the Headmaster Mr. Michael Hall and led by Canon Patrick Bamber.  Lessons were read by students Darragh Lawley (1st yr), Saoirse O’Donovan (3rd yr),  our Head Boy, Adam Greer, and Head Girl, Grace O’Sullivan, as well as by Canon Noel Regan and Ms Fania Ellison (Board of Directors). Prayers were read by Fr. John Carrol, Mr. Jimmy Staunton (Deputy Head) and Dr. Ken Fenelly (Incorporated Society).  Staff members Ms. Grainne O’Neill, Mrs Eunice Hall and Ms. Máire Hynes also travelled to RTE and provided invaluable assistance and organisation for the event! The final result can be seen on RTE on Christmas Day. Set your TV to record! Photos are on the official Facebook page and HERE.

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