Spring Concert 2024

The spring concert was a prime example of the talent that’s displayed so proudly in the Royal School Dungannon. 

This wondrous experience began with the symphonic band performing their artistic rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” which had the audience at the edge of their seats. After this amazing performance, they did an instrumental of “The Phantom of the Opera” which we all can agree was monumental.

Following this was the astounding piano solo where Shannon Kelly-Troughton amazingly played the formidable “Klavierstuck” by Karlheinz Stockhausen. this traditional piano piece astonished the audience. 

Afterwards we went on to hear the lovely voices of the junior choir with their excellent performance of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Following like lightning, a modernisation of “This Little Light of Mine”, showing how talented our year 8, 9 and 10 students here at the Royal school Dungannon. 

Thereafter, Andrea Agnew sang her splendid solo “Wouldn’t it be Lover’ly” from My Fair Lady. This performance was superb.

Promptly followed Aoife Logue who performed the stupendous violin solo “Vocalise” which was stunning. 

After this, Issac Leung and Actin Au performed a tremendous clarinet and piano duet of medley of popular hits from around the world. This dramatic rendition of a beautiful merging of a selection of fabulous music performed amazingly of course it left the audience breathless.

Next was Jessica Birnie who danced the elegant ballet “La Fille De Grada” her graceful dancing left goosebumps on the audience. A true display of the art of ballet.

The Senior Jazz Ensemble swiftly followed playing the groovy song “Dixie and Swing”. This sophisticated piece was exhilarating.

After the interval, the senior choir displayed their delightful voices where they first performed “If I Can Dream” in which Redison Lau performed amazing solo vocals. Followed by “Waving through a Window” from the musical Dear Evan Hanson which was an exceptional performance.

Megan Chambers then went on to perform her sensational musical theatre solo “Buenos Aires”. Her solo was a fun and exciting experience this made the musical theatre world proud.

Following this was Andrew Irwin’s electrifying guitar solo of “Monkey Wrench” by the Foo fighters. This mind-bending performance shows how RSD really rocks on.

Erika Mejeryte did a hip hop/street dance to the song “Project”. This cool dance is a fresh take for RSD as hip hop is rarity in our school.

Harold Ng then played the exhilarating piano solo, “Winter Wind” full of fluid melodies and quickly paced sections.

Grace Wylie and Ben Cooper sang a harmonious duet of “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors. This beautiful duet ran chills through the audience.

 The woodwind ensemble swiftly followed with their brilliant performance of “Leaps and Bounds”. It was absolutely incredible.

Award-winning Special guest Caitlin Kelly and our talent pupil Jamie Creaney performed a heartwarming duet of “I See the Light” from Tangled (accompanied by Jamie on the guitar). We can all agree that this heartwarming performance. 

Lastly, the chamber choir whose performance of “My Spirit Sang All Day” was a joy to listen to, this classic performed by our chamber choir was a declaration of love for the RSD music department. This was rapidly followed by their performance of “The Call” with Mia Cassidy’s magnificent solo performance stunned the audience.

Throughout the night we had incredible mix of music, dance and a real representation of how amazing the students performing were, as well as the dedication the teachers had for preparing everyone for this memorable night. Both teachers and students alike showed their passion for the arts which resulted in a fantastic night that celebrated our school spirit. 

Thanks to Cara Curran for providing this report.

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