Waltons Music For Schools

Knockanean N.S. has participated and experienced great success in the Waltons Music for Schools Competition.  The competition’s objective is to promote the enormous benefits of creative music making for young people and to provide finalists with the opportunity to perform their finished works at a prestigious national venue. The Competition offers schools the opportunity to think and work creatively with any combination of students, developing a creative and original musical project that has learning potential at every stage of the process.


Walton’s Music for Schools 2014 Winners!!

On the 12th of May 2014, all of 5th and some of 6th class got the chance to go up to Dublin, to perform our brilliant piece ‘Trip to Fantasy On Board the Sally Gardens’. We were first to perform our piece in the National Concert Hall. We were up against some stiff competition during the hours of the finals. When everybody finished their performance, the judges Bill Whelan and Julie Feeney took a long time to decide the winners. But when they did, she summed it up in three words “UP THE BANNER!” We knew then we were the winners!!! We received a trophy and a cheque for €3000 to be spent in Walton’s Music shop. We’d like to thank Mrs Mac for all her belief in us and all the work she put into making our performance perfect. It was a day we won’t forget in a hurry!!!
By Alannah Meaney, Ruth Kearney and Cian Humphreys.

April 2014

Congratulations to Mrs. McNamara and the Fifth and Sixth class musicians who have made it to the final of the Walton’s Music For Schools Competition.  Thank you to the parents who helped to compose and record the piece.  This is the 3rd year in a row that Knockanean have made the finals which is an incredible achievement and a great testament to the hard work and dedication of Mrs. McNamara and all the boys and girls.  The final takes place on Monday, May 12th in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.  Go n-éirí an t-ádh linn!!   Click here to view our entry.

March 2014

Fifth and Sixth class musicians have been practicing hard since Christmas on their entry for Walton’s Music for Schools competition 2014. Thank you to parent, Brian Moore who recorded the performance and to parent, Felim Ó Coileáin, who composed the piece especially for the young musicians. The results will be announced on Lyric FM on April 4th, and the six selected schools will perform in The National Concert Hall in May. Whether we are selected or not, it has been a challenging and most beneficial experience preparing for the competition. Go n-éirí an t-ádh linn!!

Walton’s Music For Schools Competition 2013

April 2013

A huge congratulations and well done to Mrs McNamara and the boys and girls of 4th, 5th and 6th class who came third in the nationwide Walton’s Music for Schools Competition this month. Our performers did so well, delighted the audience and made their school and parents very proud! Well done!  And special thanks to Mrs McNamara who has put so much effort into coaching our musicians to reach award winning standards.

February 2013

For the second year in a row, Knockanean NS has qualified for the final of the annual Waltons Music For Schools Competition.  The final will will take place in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Monday April 8th.  Our entry is entitled “Gladiator Fantasia” and is performed by pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th class, members of our music club.  In all, 69 singers and musicians will take part.  Thank you to Brian Moore for recording our piece – we hope you like it.

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