Former pupils and staff graced the College Hall stage once more for St. Malachy’s First Alumni Recital. A large and appreciative audience were in attendance to listen to a wide variety of musical styles performed at the very highest level. We were honoured to welcome back former Head of Music of 32 years, Fr. Kevin McMullan, who received a standing ovation for his supreme interpretation of Chopin’s formidable Bb minor Scherzo.
During the interval, the Friends Of St. Malachy’s presented a cheque to the Music Department for the purchase of a new concert piano stool befitting the College Hall Steinway grand piano. There was a reception in the College Library after the concert and many former staff and Old Boys, parents and friends were reacquainted and enjoyed catching up over a glass of wine. We look forward to the next Alumni Recital! Please see the performer photos below.If you would like to get in touch with our musicians or find out more about how you can support your old Music Department, then please contact the Head of Music, David Strange on firstname.lastname@example.org or Alumni Relations Officer Bronagh Goudy on email@example.com .
Fr. Kevin McMullan, Piano
Scherzo in B-flat minor, Op. 31 No. 2 – Chopin
Ciaran McCabe, Violin - Polonaise de Concert in D Major, Op. 4 – Wieniawski
Matthew Kendell, Viola, Sonata in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1, Allegro appassionato – Brahms, Three Fantasiestücke Op. 43, Romanze – Reinecke
Niall Trainor, Cello, Sonata in G minor for Piano and Cello Op.19, Andante – Rachmaninov, Sonata in B minor for Solo Cello Op. 8, Allegro molto vivace – Kodály
John Gillen, Percussion, Nomad – Gauger, Flight of the Bumblebee – Rimsky-Korsakov
Patrick McErlean, Bassoon, Scherzo – Miroshnikov
The Salus String Quartet
String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K.465, I. Adagio-Allegro – Mozart
String Quartet in F major, II. Assez vif - très rythmé – Ravel
Conor Caldwell, Fiddle, Let Erin Remember
Dermot Trainor, Piano Goyescas Op 11. No. 4, 'Qujas o la Maja y el Ruisenor' – Granados, 'Vocalise' Op. 34 No. 14, arr. Zoltán Kocsis – Rachmaninov
Ciaran McCabe, Violin & Niall Trainor, Cello, Passacaglia for Violin and Cello – Handel/Halvorsen