Loreto School Choir has a proud tradition right across the spectrum of school and community life throughout the Omagh area. Achievements have included: Choir winners of Prague Young Bohemia 2019, Choir finalists in UTV ‘Choir of the Year’, BBC TV features and broadcast masses. The Choir has also recorded a CD and performed in religious cantatas involving singers from the whole community. They have toured and performed abroad extensively, e.g. Prague, Vienna, Moscow, St Petersburg and London.
The choir continues to meets for rehearsal a total of four times a week – with 3 sectional practices at lunchtime and a full Choir Practice after school each Thursday. This schedule, with their conductor Mr Gerard Bradley, has now existed unbroken for over 25 years.
Congratulations to our Senior Choir who achieved the highest accolade of a Gold Award winning the Spiritual, Gospel, Jazz and Pop Section in the Young Bohemia International Festival of Young Choirs and Orchestras in Prague. Competing against choirs from around the world, the Senior Choir was the only choir from the U.K. and Ireland to win their competition and achieve the prestigious Gold Award. Mr Bradley, Head of Music who conducted the choir, accompanied by pianist, Mrs Gwawr McGirr was delighted with the choir’s performance “I am immensely proud of them because this win has given each member of the choir a musical confidence that will enhance their lives now and in the future. And that for me, makes the winning in Prague all the more special and magical.’ Mr Bradley also acknowledged Mrs O’Neill’s support in helping to prepare the choir for their performance in Prague and co-ordinating the trip, with the help of Miss Donna Grimes. The Principal, Mrs O’Hanlon added that the choir enjoyed huge support from all the students, staff, parents and local community and was an outstanding musical achievement.
The Senior Choir headlined the Loreto’s Spring Concert in the School Assembly Hall on Thursday 11 April. This was a wonderful evening of music enjoyed by a large audience.
Other Notable Achievements
Loreto Choir Omagh hosted a Celebration last Feburary for six different Loreto schools in the Seacred Heart Church . (Feb 2016)
Radio Ulster Broadcast with John Anderson Show (April 2016
Senior choir were later featured singing ‘Joyful Joyful’ at the Amazing The Space (Sept 2016) In the Maze Lisburn in front od an audience of 3000.
Joint first Place in the National Schools competition out of ten choirs from Ireland and England,at Derry Choral Fest (Oct 2016)