Carrickfergus Grammar School Music Society exists to encourage students and their involvement in music at the school including roles of participation, leadership, fundraising and decision making.
The society has as the objective of making music accessible and enjoyable for everyone at Carrickfergus Grammar School coupled with striving for excellence in everything we do. The society is a place where pupils and member of staff from every area of the school will hopefully feel at liberty to become actively involved and enjoy the results of working together to make music.
Everyone throughout the school is encouraged to bring their ideas of anything which could enhance and promote music in Carrickfergus Grammar School.
The Music Society Leadership Team regularly meet with heads of music, Mr. Craig, and Mrs. Withers to discuss various issues relating the every aspect of the Music Department from Public Relations to the numerous instrumental groups that run daily within the department.
This year's committee is made up of 16 dedicated Year 14 members who have been heavily involved within the department for many years: Anna Smyth, Clara Rose Armstrong, Rachel McAllister, Emily Smiley, Amy Quinn, Caroline Patterson, Anna Connolly, Chris Hogg, Josh Boyd, Emma Graham, Megan Barnes, Matthew Edgar, Holly Grant, Hannah Dickson, Ben Farr and Leah Forsythe.
Each member is extremely hands on within their individual roles in order to continually improve and better the experience each student receives from the music department.
Ulster Youth Orchestra
Ulster Youth Choir
Young Musican of the Year
At CGS we have a range of different instruments available to learn. With over 10 instrumental tutors teaching each week within the the music practice rooms. It is a great way to get involved in extra-curruicular life.
Mrs Bingham- Brass
Mr Douglas - Flute
Mrs Shannon - Clarinet and Saxophone
Mrs Sloan - Violin
Miss Corry - Harp
Miss Graham - Voice
Mr Cobain - Percussion
Mr McMurtry - Guitar
Mr Masterson - Piano
The voices of Carrickfergus Grammar School Choir have returned from the 2014 Prague Music Festival with a Gold Award as well as the prize for the Outstanding Performance of a Mixed Voice composition.
The 48 singers under conductor Edward Craig travelled to Prague and competed alongside choirs from Turkey, Finland, Japan, Czech Republic, Russia, Canada and the USA. The standard of singing was incredibly high with many of the choirs coming from prestigious music colleges and schools including Sidwell Friends School, Washington DC which the children of US Presidents attend. It was a fabulous opportunity for these young singers from Carrickfergus to have the opportunity to stand alongside choirs of such reputation and produce musically engaging performances which the people of Northern Ireland can be proud of.
The main festival events took place in the palatial Majakovsky Hall. As a result of the competition, each choir is given an award based on their standard of performance which ranges from certificates of participation to the highest level, Gold Award which the choir were delighted to achieve. The overall prize of the festival went to Kirara Mixed Choir from Japan who were simply out of this world. The jury which consisted of four leading musicians from Czech Republic and Russia were moved to award the special prize for the Carrickfergus Choir's performance of 'She Moved Through The Fair'.
The choir also gave a recital in the beautiful St Nicholas' Church in the Old Town Square and Mr Craig was treated to a reception by the Mayor of Prague in the beautiful Old Town Hall. On a hot Saturday afternoon they joined with singers from all over the world in the festival parade through the streets waving flags, including the Carrickfergus Borough Flag and the school flag and entertaining thousands of onlookers by singing songs which ranged from "Danny Boy" and "I'll Tell Me Ma" to "We're Not Brazil We're Northern Ireland" and of course the school song "Praestantia In Omnia" (Excellent in All Things).
There was also plenty of time for a cruise down the River Vltava, making friends and partying as well as the camaraderie between the choirs was superb; especially between CGS and the champions Kirara.