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Music Department

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GCSE Music

A Musical Journey

In the past ten years of the college’s history the Music Department, like the college as a whole, has flourished and grown.

From its humble beginnings of one music classroom and store with a few keyboards and percussion instruments, I am very proud that the department has developed significantly – not just in terms of its physical resources, but in the musical experience offered to students.

The College now boasts a purpose-built Music Suite with two classrooms (one incorporating a mini IT Suite), group rooms, ensemble practice rooms, recording studio, instrument store and book store. These up-to-date facilities provide both an excellent resource and an attractive environment for students.

In addition to the formal classroom-based music curriculum, it has been the aim of the Music Department to provide a varied and wide ranging musical experience to enhance students’ music education. This has been achieved through opportunities for students to develop as listeners, composers and performers of music, in college and in the local and wider community.

Extracurricular instrumental tuition, concert attendance, community events, competitions, music workshops and College performances have all contributed to the broader musical experience.

Extracurricular music has grown considerably through the years. Tuition in Brass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Violin and Voice have all been provided. Increasing numbers of students have been successful in external music examinations.

Each year students are involved in providing music/entertainment at a number of College events including Prize Day, Christmas Concert, Christmas, Easter and other Special Assemblies and the Summer Concert.

However, with each new year, numerous other musical opportunities present themselves. Highlighted below are a selection of events that ICD students have participated in:

Visitors to ICD

  • Armagh Pipers Club (broadcast from ICD for BBC Radio Ulster)
  • Prince of Wales Regiment Band
  • Hungarian Cello Quartet
  • Tao Seegar and Tommy Sands (Singer/songwriters)
  • RUC Band
  • Welsh National Opera

Concerts

  • Haydn’s Creation: The Waterfront Hall
  • Carmen, Joseph, Chicago: The Grand Opera House, Belfast
  • Live Music Roadshow: St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon
  • Academy Orchestra Concert: Dungannon Leisure Centre
  • ‘The Journey’: St Joseph’s Grammar School, Donaghmore
  • Rock and Drum Spectacular: Brownlow Integrated College
  • CEA ‘Score’ Concert: The Spires Centre, Belfast

Music Workshops

  • GCSE Music: Queen’s University, Belfast
  • SELB Music Service Summer School
  • ‘Different Drums’: St Joseph’s Grammar School, Donaghmore
  • Deejaying/mixing: NTL Studio, Belfast
  • The Band Project: AMMA Centre, Armagh

Performances

  • Celebration of the Arts: Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown
  • PTA Spring Concert: Howard Primary School, Moygashel
  • ‘All Aboard’: Waterfront Hall, Belfast
  • Inter-Schools Carol Service: Integrated College Dungannon

Competitions

  • Dungannon Music and Drama Festival
  • UTV Choir of the Year

Community Contribution – performances

  • Switching on of Dungannon Christmas Lights
  • Manor Court Nursing Home
  • Senior Citizens’ Christmas Entertainment, Dungannon Rugby Club
  • Adult Education Centre, Dungannon
  • Carol Singing – Tesco/Oaks Centre
  • Fundraising Concert – Mexico Mission Trip
  • ‘Sing Out Against Cancer’ for Imperial Cancer Research Fund

A number of performances have had special significance, in particular:

  • the official opening of the College by Dr Mo Mowlam;
  • the performance of ‘Joseph’ – the sight of Mr Mulholland as the Pharaoh remains firmly etched in my memory!;
  • ‘All Aboard’ – NICIE’s celebration of the Millennium at the Waterfront Hall was a truly unforgettable evening with over 500 performers on stage.

However, the Music Department’s most ambitious project to date has been the production of the CD ‘Together We Are One’. Present and past students, friends, parents and staff of the College came together in a musical celebration of the cultural and stylistic diversity representative of ICD students.

The success of this and the many other events is due to the commitment of students, parents and staff.

On a personal note, it has been a privilege to watch the development of the College and witness the students’ talents mature and develop.

As for the future, who knows what exciting opportunities are just around the corner?

-Elizabeth Seale (Head of Music)


Prince of Wales Regiment perform for college students


Members of the Hungarian Bagpipe Orchestra perform at the college


Tao Seegar and Tommy Sands pictured with Music teacher Elizabeth Johnston and Year 12 GCSE Music students, October 2001