b'79Two years earlier, the big snow hadclosed the festival, and the deconstructionof this event was probably more time- consuming than its organisation, with refundsand so on having to go out to each entrant andgroup.I am particularly glad that we got tocompete this year, as our results were very uplifting indeed.Particular mention must be made of the two cup winners, Grace and Harrison.These competitions are huge, and populated by very talented and skilled performers.The Woolfson Cup is a rosebowl type award, with first and second prize winners from 4 vocal competitions going forward to a sing-off. Grace Adams won this notoriously difficult-to-bag cup against around 88 singers, and deservedly so, for The choir performed superbly to the full cathedral. The term ended for us with the much-loved concerta magnificent performance of I cant make you love The congregation was stunned by Sineadin the central atrium of The Hermitage Clinic, whereme.Olowookeres opening solo, the first verse of Once inwe sang all our favourites for staff and patients and Royal.Sofia-Rose Deeleman and Rebecca Thornesvisitors.As is now the practice, our music was pipedHarrison Jio won the Over 16 Piano Solo - sang the solo verses in the much-loved O Holythrough to the wards for those too ill to come out toRobertson Cup - against stiff competition.Night, by Adolphe Adams.Included also among theus.The orchestra played superbly, and we were allNot only was this his second cup this favourites of the choir was In the Bleak Midwinter byaccompanied by Mr. Walsh. academic year, but this is his second Andy Beck, and the sublime My Lord has Come byJanuary is always a busy month with entries for the another favourite composer of ours, Will Todd.Themusical discipline, as the Kilcoole Cup Wesley Festival and preparations for mock LC and congregational carols were sung with enthusiasmJC practicals.The practicals went off very well, withwas for singing the beautiful Caro mio and joy for this beautiful final event, and the orchestraa large group of 6th years taking music this year. ben, the set piece for that competition.added hugely to the occasion.Programmes were well prepared and there was In the last week of term, the full choir and orchestraplenty of practice going on up on the music corridor.set off to Stewarts Hospital in Palmerstown forThe Wesley Festival took place on the first weekend in our annual carol concert.The hall was packed asMarch, exactly 6 days before schools were shut down.usual, and residents and day visitors alike loved ourI can imagine the relief the organisers of this huge traditional and fun carols, with everyone singing alongevent felt on Friday 12th March.in fine Christmas spirit.'