After School Choir

Fossa School Choir has always been an important part of school life. For many years Mrs. O’Donghue and Mrs Moynihan have enjoyed providing the opportunity for pupils to develop their musical talents, participate in a wide variety of events and also have a lot of fun along the way!  We have ‘ticked many boxes’ musically speaking, having participated in School and Community events, both local and further afield, Weddings, Funerals, performances at local hotels and Nursing Homes, retirements, T.V, local radio, school musicals and choir showcases. We have a broad and varied repertoire and can be reached at school for bookings!!

Choir is a free after school club open to all pupils from 3rd to 6th. During weekly rehearsal the children enthusiastically participate in vocal training exercises, which incorporate the following skills – posture, breathing, range, tone, pitch, dynamics, articulation and harmonies. The choir practice rhythm and choreography skills along with a wide repertoire of songs.

Singing is not only a lot of fun, but gives confidence, and is a great exercise for heart and lungs, which in turn gets the brain working!
It can improve communication and team-work, plus it is a great stress-buster. Singing is good for you!

Mrs. O’Donoghue and Mrs. Moynihan take the choir members through all the basics of singing and performing, and hopefully set them on the path that will lead to much success and enjoyment in the future.

During this school year as always, the choir led the singing at – the beginning of year school Mass, Ash Wednesday and Christmas Masses, 1st Confession ceremony and also the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion. Our Bishop, Ray Browne, gave a special word of thanks, at the Confirmation Ceremony, to the choir for their beautiful singing and music and their commitment to Fossa Church and School.

Christmas 2016

Every year when Santa visits Fossa School, the school choir sing a selection of Christmas carols and songs. Each year has its own particular favourite, and this year was no exception – Mr. Clifford and Santa joined us for a special rendition of ‘White Christmas’

The choir sing and play music at the annual Station Mass at Ballydribeen Intellectual Disability unit.
They also entertain residents at St. Columbanus’ Nursing Home during the Christmas season, and this year the requests and participation by residents were uplifting.

The star of Fossa GAA is a great friend of Fossa school choir. We composed and sang ‘Da doo David’ for him when he visited the school and we were asked to sing it for to be included in their show about David.

Peace Proms 2017

Peace Proms is a choral education project for Primary schools run by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. Peace Proms engages children and young people with music and enriches their lives though exceptional musical experiences and performances. Our school choir was privileged to sing at this great event for the third time. This year it took place in the University of Limerick on Saturday March 4th. We left school at 8.30am and returned at 7 30pm after a very busy, memorable day. It was an enjoyable experience for all.
Mrs O’Donoghue and Mrs Moynihan were delighted to give the pupils the opportunity to sing with a choir of up to 1,000 children, perform with a full symphony orchestra, to work with a professional conductor – Mr. Greg Beardsell and also a number of professional musicians. They experienced singing a variety of musical styles and genres. As always, parents were very supportive and many travelled to Limerick. They were not disappointed with the variety of performances.

Sing out Loud 2017

We accepted the invitation to participate in the ‘Sing out Loud’ concert at the INEC on Tuesday 7th of March. Parents dropped their children to us and practice commenced at 4pm with Gemma Sugrue, (whom many children remembered from their participation in the Musical Showcase in the Malton Hotel) Eric and Sean.
This gave our choir the opportunity to perform in a professional concert, singing alongside other local and national guest acts and to gain a passion for music, singing and performing. The lighting and sound were magnificent in the INEC. Performance is a very important strand in our Primary school music curriculum.
The concert began at 7.30 and was a wonderful night of musical experiences for the children, teachers and parents.

Michael Fassbender is a past pupil of Fossa school. When visiting us he is always entertained with a number of songs. On his last visit to the school, he chose a Beatles Song from our repertoire to sing along with us. Next time he is going to join in with an Irish song.

As the songs go
“Thank you for the music, for giving it to me”
“Sing, sing, sing alleluia, this is the day the Lord has made”.
“Sing out loud, I love it, sing out loud”.