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The Music Department at Portadown College is a thriving hub of musical activity.  At lunch-time you will always find a group of students performing – Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, solos, ensembles …. Whether Music is studied for a formal examination or not the emphasis is on including as many students as possible to make music to as high a standard as possible.  Please browse the following pages to see the range of activities available for students at Portadown College.

The following list gives a summary of standard music events that take place annually in school:

  • Autumn Concert – October
  • Speech Day performance – October
  • Carol Service – December
  • Inter-House Music Competition – Easter

Other events may include:

  • Portadown Music Festival
  • Composing and performing competitions

BRASS ENSEMBLE

Autumn Concert, October 2015

Pitch Perfect at the Autumn Concert

The Autumn Music Concert last night provided an evening of music and dance featuring a range of acts from the haunting performance of the Chamber Choir singing a musical setting of Yeats’ The Lake Isle of Innisfree accompanied by Faith Jenkinson’s oboe solo, to the rousing beat of Rebecca Dowey’s bagpipes.

PC’s musicians demonstrated their class and expertise, exemplifying musical excellence from Ellen Mullen’s ‘Summertime’ on the cornet to the string quartet’s technically demanding ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, featuring Amy Boyce, Luci Mullan, Samuel Kane and Peter Thompson.

Special tribute must be made to past pupil James Cunningham for his composition of  ‘PC Overture’, performed by the College Orchestra.

A highlight of the evening was PC’s own a cappella group of sixth year girls (accompanied by Ryan Adair’s beat boxing) performing Bellas Finals from Pitch Perfect, worthy would be competitors in Gareth Malone’s ‘Naked Choir’!

Thanks to Mrs Doogan for another feast of music at PC.

Autumn concert 2015 Autumn concert 2015 2

Music Tuition

Music tuition is available on the following instruments. Generally string, woodwind and brass tuition through the Education Authority Music Service Southern Region will continue from Junior High or previous school through Music Service tutors. Private tuition is available in guitar, voice and drum kit.

PERIPATETIC STAFF

EA Southern Region Music Service

  • Upper strings: Mrs D. McConville
  • Woodwind: Mr F. Juhasz
  • Brass: Mr W. McLean
  • Harp: Ms A. McAlinden

Private

  • Guitar: Mr D. Millar
  • Voice: Mrs C. Wilson
  • Drum kit: Mr S. Maginnis

Orchestra

School Orchestra is open to all students who play a musical instrument. Students receiving tuition via the Music Service of the Education Authority Southern Region are required to attend. The Orchestra performs a varied, fun and challenging programme. Recently music from Harry Potter, Saving Private Ryan and The Wizard of Oz have been performed.

Currently Orchestra meets on Tuesdays at lunchtime in the Assembly Hall.

ORCHESTRA

Orchestra performs at the following school functions:

  • Autumn Concert – October
  • Speech Day performance – October
  • Carol Service – December

Choir

The school Choir consists of approximately 70 girls, singing a wide variety of music in two or three parts. Choir is open to all girls and NO audition is required.

Currently Choir meets on Mondays and Thursdays at lunchtime in the Lecture Theatre.

CHOIR

Choir performs at the following school functions:

  • Autumn Concert – October
  • Speech Day performance – October
  • Carol Service – December

Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir is a mixed voice choir and entry is via audition. A challenging repertoire is performed and full attendance at all rehearsals is essential.

Currently Chamber Choir meet after school on Thursdays until 4.45pm in the Music Room.

CHAMBER CHOIR

Chamber Choir performs at the following school functions:

  • Autumn Concert – October
  • Speech Day performance – October
  • Carol Service – December

Inter-House Music

INTER HOUSE MUSIC - SEALE WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION

 For many students this is the highlight of the school calendar.  Student music representatives from the three houses, Shillington, Seale and MacCallum, spend around one month preparing their houses to compete against one another for the House Music Cup and the Mol Perpetual Shield for the House Representative who contributed most to the competition.

INTER HOUSE MUSIC - McCALLUM

Alongside the array of talent that appears on this day is the ever increasing display of video making talent, with ‘House DVDs’ appearing to entertain the audience between acts.  A unique take on the competition never fails to disappoint and full credit must be given to all those who take part on stage or behind the scenes.

Area Marks awarded
House Choir 20
Popular song 10
Original composition+performance 10+10
Free choice 10
Free choice 10
Free choice 10
Free choice 10
Variety across programme 10
Comperes’ presentation 10
Entertainment value + appropriateness 10
TOTAL 120

INTER HOUSE MUSIC - SHILLINGTON

Year Inter-House Music Cup Mol Perpetual Shield
2003 Seale Ruth McCavery (MacCallum)
2004 Seale Aisling Kennedy (MacCallum)
2005 Seale Cathy Brown (Seale)
2006 Seale Amber Hillen (MacCallum)
2007 MacCallum Rachel Millar (MacCallum)
2008 Shillington Suzanne McDonald (Seale)
2009 Shillington Simon Neill (Seale)
2010 Seale Katharine Holland (Seale)
2011 Seale Susan Harris (Shillington)
2012 Seale Tracy Adair (Seale)
2013 Seale Judith Connolly (Seale)
2014 Shillington/Seale Jonathan Winter (Shillington)
2015 Shillington James Cunningham (Shillington)

JAMES CUNNIGHUM WINS THE MOI PERPETUAL SHIELD FOR SHILLINGTON AT HOUSE MUSIC