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College Success at the Annual Ballymena Music Festival, 2015

March 5, 2015


College musicians turned out in force last week for the annual Music Festival at the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena, bringing home a variety of silverware across a wide range of categories and age groups.


The prestigious event is well regarded in music circles and the quality of entrants is always high.  College students competed against musicians from schools right across the Province including; St Mary’s, Magherafelt, Aquinas Grammar, Assumption Grammar and Ballymena Academy to name but a few.


In what continues to be a musical highpoint of the spring term, it was the instrumental classes (by age category) that took centre stage during the first week.    Particular highlights included Matthew Kendell’s performance in the Viola Class (age 15-16) and Year 10 student, Oliver Brankin in the Under 14 Clarinet class.  The College Woodwind Ensemble secured first place in that category and the Training Orchestra, under the tutelage of Ms Lowry (Head of Music), secured The James Sampson Memorial Cup in their first ever appearance at the festival.  Proving that music really does run in families, the Training Orchestra this year contains three sets of brothers: Jai and Kelan Benson, Colm and Kevin Holbeach, and Oran and Caolan McBrien (pictured above with Ms Lowry).


We would like to extend our hearty congratulations to all those who took part in the event, their music teachers and tutors.  Well done!


A complete list of winners from the first week:



Monday 23rd February                 


Viola Class (Age 15-16)                   Matthew Kendell                              1st

Open Viola Class                               Matthew Kendell                             2nd


Unaccompanied Bach                    Michael McNamee                            2nd





Tuesday 24th February                  


Clarinet (Under 14)                    Oliver Brankin                                          1st

                                                            Luke Browne-Murray                           2nd


Woodwind trio                           Callum O’Callaghan                             1st 

                                                           Luke Browne-Murray

                                                           Oliver Brankin                                         


Woodwind Ensemble              Ruairi Doherty                                            1st 

                                                          Cormac McCool

                                                          Ethan Darby

                                                          Tom McIver

                                                          Jonny McGuigan                             




Wednesday 15th February           


Orchestra (Under 15)                         Training Orchestra                        1st


Cello (Age 15-16)                               Niall McGinnity                                 2nd





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