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Musica Vivit Gala Music Evening a success at UCH

Rexon Tsai, Lorcan McDonnell, Caleb Faughnan, Sean Clancy and Tadhg Harrington from Cistercian College Roscrea at the Cistercian College Roscrea ninth annual concert at the University Concert Hall, Limerick. Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media.

Musica Vivit Gala Music Evening a success at UCH

As the curtain comes down on another academic year, it was curtain up at the University Concert Hall as  – For one night only, the students of Cistercian College Roscrea once again took over the Concert Hall at the University Of  Limerick presenting Musica Vivit, the highly acclaimed annual gala evening of music and song. 

Arranged by the Music Department of Cistercian College and conducted by William Cullagh, Director of Music,  the choirs, orchestra and students delivered a cacophony of sounds with much loved orchestral pieces such as Mozart’s Symphony number 4, The Radetzky March from Strauss, excerpts from The Greatest Showman and favourites from Ennio Morricone to name but a few. 





Musica Vivit

Featuring the celebrated College choirs and orchestra, soloists and instrumentalists, this concert showcases the wide and varied musical tradition of the College. Joining the college this year are special guests Brendans Boys Primary School, Birr and Scoil Mhuire agus Ide and Newcastlewest Girls Choir.
Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media.

Séamus Hennessy, Director Of Admissions, Cistercian College Roscrea commented  “This is our 9th  year performing the Musica Vivit evening in the wonderful University Concert Hall Limerick and each year the event has grown bigger and bigger, becoming a highlight on the calendar for so many. The school is renowned for high standards in music and this event showcases the talents of our students at a very high level. Many past students who have performed at this event have gone on to excel in successful careers in music including Philip Keegan of the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Mr Cullagh, Ms.O’Neill and the students practised incredibly hard for this year’s performance and true to form, the audience was treated to an evening of beautiful melodies and music that were a treat to the senses.” 

 For the College Music Department, Musica Vivit is just one of a number of key musical events that include the Annual Opera, The Christmas Carol Service, The Sherry Cup and The Wesley Competition.  With that list to prepare each year the Music Department and Student community are certainly kept busy. Musica Vivit hosted special guests from St. Brendan’s Boys primary school in Birr and the Girls Choir from SMI Newcastle West.  The audience was also treated to a traditional Chinese air played by visiting students from The Shanghai  Minhang  Foreign Language Middle School.

Musica Vivit was a  sell-out performance at The Concert Hall at UL and already plans are in place for another exciting program of music next year. The college would like to thank all patrons, sponsors and supporters of the gala evening of music and song.

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