Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

South Belfast school’s gala concert

Talented: the Victoria College orchestra

The Victoria College Belfast 150th Anniversary Gala Concert is set to take place this Thursday, November 12.

This year is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the south Belfast school by Mrs Margaret Byers who was a pioneer of higher education for girls — and celebrations will culminate with the gala concert.

Current principal Ms Patricia Slevin said she was looking forward to welcoming parents, pupils, former pupils, former members of staff, friends of the college and members of the public to the concert which involves pupils from the preparatory department, the junior school and the senior school.

Mrs Audrey Gillian, head of music in the college, has directed a musical programme ranging from the Baroque era to the present day, with support from music teachers Mrs Melissa Murray and Mrs Claire Phillips.

The first half will showcase combined choirs and orchestra with individual items from each choir, guest soloist Rebekah Coffey and former pupils Amy Harper and Alice Johnston.

The concert is to include drama performances produced and directed by Mrs Helen Burn and Mrs Yvonne Dornan, heads of drama, and sixth form student Kerry Burns.

A spokesperson for the school said: “The junior drama performances are to reflect on school and society then and now while senior drama students are to present a window on women highlighting both characters and experiences which will be recognised by all.”

In the second half of the concert there is to be a selection of contemporary musical theatre and overall the evening’s performance aims to highlight the tradition and history of the college and the talent of its pupils. The premiere of the Festival Gloria, commissioned by Victoria College to celebrate its anniversary, is to be performed.

Contact the Waterfront and Ulster Hall Box Offices at 9033 4455 for ticket information on the concert, which starts at 7.30pm.

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