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Sullivan Spring Concert 2011


Sullivan Upper School is delighted to return to the Ulster Hall for its ever-popular Spring Concert. This will offer the opportunity for those both inside and outside the school community to enjoy a varied programme of music, ranging from orchestral pieces to ensemble groups; from the fine voices of The Sullivan Singers to exciting solo performances. Classical, traditional, jazz or popular, there is something in the programme to suit all musical tastes. Last year’s concert was a huge success and booked out quickly. So, book early to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you there.

Read Jennifer Gouck’s account of the 2010 concert:


Other highlights from the first half included: the GCSE Rock Group, Saxophone Quartet, Piano Trio, and a solo performance from Tuba player Jonathan Thompson.

The first half was brought to a close by the School Orchestra, conducted by Mrs Gillian Hartin and led by Amy Irvine. Over eighty members played two pieces: “Romeo and Juliet: Introduction and Finale” and the more familiar music from the 2003 film “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

The second half opened explosively with the School Band, conducted by Mrs Gillian Pitt. The band played three pieces: “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “The King of Pop”, a tribute to Michael Jackson, and “Disco Lives” which comprised of three of the most iconic songs of the disco era: “Stayin’ Alive”, “I Will Survive”, and “YMCA” – and yes, audience members were expected to do the actions!

To follow, the school Traditional Group, who may be travelling next year to Washington DC in order to attend local St Patrick’s Day celebrations, took to the stage. The group firstly played two pieces: “Scarce O’Tatties/Lyndhurst” and “Mná na hÉireann”, a traditional air. However, they were not alone on stage for long and were soon joined by a troop of Irish Dancers from The Aisling School of Dance. This made a spectacular performance of the group’s final piece, “Lord of the Dance” from the famous show “Riverdance”

The school’s brass group, conducted by Mr Nathan Power also performed in the second half of the concert. The group played two pieces, “Russian Great Escape” and “The Muppet Show”, both arranged by conductor Mr Nathan Power himself.

Sullivan Singers, conducted by Mrs Linda Montgomery, then took to the stage to sing “Introit” from “Requiem” by Karl Jenkins. This group of singers, involving both boys and girls, will represent the school once again at a concert in Holywood Parish Church in early April. The Sullivan Singers girls also sang three pieces later in the programme.

Former pupil and special guest, Scott Foster, was the next performer. Scott began his percussion studies at the age of ten and later became a member of the Ulster Youth Orchestra and The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where he was Principal Percussionist. Mr Foster also won Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year in 1998. It was no surprise, then, that Scott amazed the audience with two Marimba solos: “Little Prayers” by Evelyn Glennie and “Taps in Tempo” by Jan Berenska.

The Jazz Group, conducted by Mr Davy Howell, also performed.


Following this performance, Mr Stevenson took the opportunity to step forward and say a few words. In his speech, Mr Stevenson expressed his thanks to the school staff and pupils for such a magnificent performance, and the Music Department staff were presented with a small token of appreciation by pupils. Mr Stevenson then went on with great delight to introduce the concert finale.The finale, “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from the 2007 musical “Hairspray” was sung by all two hundred and fifty performers and accompanied by a band made up of a selection of the school’s music tutors. It was fitting that all the performers received a standing ovation from the audience after all their hard work.

The Music Department’s main problem now is making next year’s concert even better!

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