Our Lady’s Bower has a very strong tradition in music and choirs for over one hundred years. Music plays an integral role in the curriculum at both junior and senior level. The school has always had excellent academic results in music for both the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations.

In recent years we have introduced music technology into the curriculum for Leaving Certificate students, where students are taught how to compile a backing track and then edited it as needs be.

Performance is a compulsory component for both the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations. Students are therefore encouraged to reach a high level of competence in their chosen instrument (or voice). Tuition is offered in the following areas: Piano, Organ, Violin, Viola, Cello, Harp, Flute, Recorder, Tin Whistle, and Voice.

Our students are prepared for practical and theoretical examinations with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and The Association Board of the Royal School of Music, London.

Our students are continuously encouraged to engage in various performance activities, whether it be soloists, or in various ensembles such as singing groups, traditional Irish music groups, school choirs, competitions, school concerts, and for various school liturgies.

The School Orchestra 2017 -2018

Elvis, Elton John and Adele – What do these artists all have in common?  Some of their most well known music is included in the repertoire of Our Lady’s Bower School Orchestra.

We are a small orchestra but a diverse one. We have a fantastic range of instruments including cello, french horn and viola. We are all from different year groups and this year we are delighted to have three international students with us from Germany, Spain and Italy. We also play a broad range of music including pop, classical, jazz and Irish.

The orchestra has been working very hard on their repertoire this year with a new conductor Paul Hensey.  A  member of the Garda Band, Paul is an experienced musician.  He has introduced some great music to the orchestra throughout the year including “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, “The Minstrel Boy”, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Love me Tender”.

The school orchestra has had a busy year this year, having had the opportunity to participate in events such as Arts Week Open Evening, the Christmas Carol Service, Open Night and they are currently preparing for their annual summer concert along with a trip to the local primary school, Cornamaddy National School.

No matter what age you are or what standard you are at, playing in an orchestra is a great way to improve your musicianship skills while having great fun. As any member of the orchestra will tell you, playing with a group is infinitely better than playing alone!

Junior Choir 2017-2018

The Junior Choir has also been very busy this year. Along with the orchestra they performed at the Arts Week Open Evening and the Christmas Carol Service and will also be participating in the Summer Concert.