Brennan Cup 2019
Congratulations to Joe O’Grady (1A), winner of the Brennan Cup Music Competition 2019.
Congratulations to all competitors and guest performers.
1st Joe O’Grady (1A) Piano
2nd Henry Li (3D) Violin
3rd Donncha McDonagh (6B) Bass
4th Johnny Blake (1D) Violin
See photographs here.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the annual Battle of the Bands, Zagapalooza, on Wednesday 3 April. Mark Mulvey in S4D won the overall competition, and Mark Brennan in S6A won the Best Individual Performer award. See photos here.
5th Year Musical 2019
The class of 2020 put on a superb production of South Pacific in January 2019. See photos of the show here.
Festive Fling 2018
Well done and thank you to all the Festive Fling organisers and performers for a fantastic concert on Thursday 13th December. With a wonderful array of musical talent and all proceeds going to Blackrock Hospice, it was a very special evening. Special thanks to our guests the Ranelagh Singers and the Trinitones. Great work from Ms O'Brien, Mr Earley and the TY students. See photos here.
Brennan Cup 2018
Congratulations to Stan O'Beirne (S2B), who won first prize at the 2018 Brennan Cup, which took place on Thursday 3rd May. Second place went to Henri Li (S2D) and third to Patrick Murphy (S6C). The other finalists were Cian Fahy (S4B), Rory O'Kennedy (S5C), and Andrew Meagher (S6C). Well done and thank you to all six finalists and three guest performers for a fantastic evening of music. It was a very fitting tribute to the late Fr Brennan and a celebration of his legacy. Many thanks to organisers Ms O'Brien and Ms Dunne, compère Dr Clark, adjudicators Finghin Collins and Simon Morgan, technical director Henry Cahill, and to Ross Brennan, nephew of Fr Joe, who presented the prizes. See more photos of the evening here. (Photos by Louis Stewart).
Well done to everyone involved in this year's Zagapalooza for putting on a great show on Wednesday 2nd May. The winner was JOBK (Joey Breathnach Kerins S6A) and best individual performance was awarded to Fullo (Oisin Fulham-Smith S6B).
5th Year Musical 2018
Well done to everyone involved in this year's wonderful musical, My Fair Lady. Photographs of the show can be seen here.
Organised by Ms O’Brien, Mr Earley and a committee of TY students, the Festive Fling concert took place in the college Chapel on Thursday 14th December. All proceeds (over €3600!) went to Blackrock Hospice.
Senior Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Schola Cantorum, Michael Carey, Trad Group, Stan O’Beirne, The Ranelagh Singers, Habemus, Recorder Consort, Staff Choir, Chamber Group, Nicholas O’Neill and Stan O’Beirne, and the Gonzaga College Orchestra
The concert ended with the audience joining the Orchestra for a heartfelt rendition of Hark, the Herald Angels Sing!
Gonzaga's annual battle of the bands took place on Wednesday 10th May 2017 in a packed Coulson Theatre. Well done to all the performers and organisers for a terrific show. The winners were Cormy G and the 123s (Cormac Gunning, Darragh Kelly, and Mark Brennan), pictured. Second place went to Tenacious Bean, and third to Two Door Coulson Theatre Club. Performer of the night was Pritish Josh from Prink-182. See photographs here.
Brennan Cup 2017
The final of the Brennan Cup Music Competition took place on Thursday 4th May at 7.30 pm in the Coulson Theatre. Well done and thank you to the organisers, judges and competitors for a beautiful and uplifting evening of music. The six finalists were:
Cian Fahy (3D) Piano
Stephen Herlihy (6B) Classical Guitar
Stan O'Beirne (1B) Piano
Henry Li (1B) Violin
Patrick Murphy (5C) Piano
Jack Doherty (6C) Tuba
They all performed wonderfully and judges Fr Brennan and Dr Clark faced a very difficult task in picking the winners. In the end third place was awarded to Cian Fahy, second place to Stan O'Beirne and the Cup went to Stephen Herlihy. Thank you to Ms O'Brien and to Ms Dunne for organising.
Spring Fling Concert
Very well done to the TY students, Ms O'Brien and Mr Earley on a fantastic concert on Wed 15th Feb. The programme included performances from a variety of Gonzaga choirs and music groups as well as special guests the Blown Identity and the Ranelagh Singers. Thanks to all the performers and to the organising committee for a most entertaining evening. All proceeds went to Blackrock Hospice. See Louis Stewart's photographs of the event here.
5th Year Musical 2017
The Pirates of Penzance
Gonzaga College Fifth Year students, in assocation with Fifth Year students from Muckross Park College, presented The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan. The musical took place in the Coulson Theatre at 7:30pm on January 18th, 19th & 20th 2017. See photographs from the fantastic show here.
Schola Cantorum Gonzaga College
The Schola Cantorum of Gonzaga College is selected from the 6th year students in the school. The potential members are auditioned in the final two weeks of the previous academic year, & start rehearsals in the first week back in the new academic year. There are rehearsals three times a week: sectionals take place during lunchtimes twice a week, and a full rehearsal takes place on Friday afternoons after school. Extra rehearsals are added before and after school on an ad hoc basis when needed. The “schola” has been so busy this year that this has become the norm rather than the exception, with the boys rehearsing before school nearly everyday of the week. They have already been recorded for, and entered into, two competitions. They have performed in two concerts, and are currently getting ready for the school’s Christmas carol services and Christmas Eve Vigil.
Schola Cantorum was originally set up so the school would have a small choral ensemble out of which the cantors for the various school services throughout the academic year would be chosen. During these services the group would also sing one or two a cappella chamber pieces, as well as singing in the larger school choir. In 2007, Ms. Aoife Dunne was appointed Director of Schola Cantorum. Ms Dunne comes from a strong choral background herself, having been a full time member of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland for 5 years. Since Ms. Dunne’s appointment the function and size ofSchola Cantorum has grown.
The members of “Schola” continue to perform at the various mass services in the college, but now as well as sacred music, they also perform secular pieces; performing at school functions & events, to raise funds for the various school-sponsored charities, in various events within the local community, in competitions and concerts.
Schola Cantorum is a very rewarding and worthwhile activity for all involved, and continues to go from strength to strength because of the dedication and talent of the boys.
SCHOLA CANTORUM 2013 were chosen as finalists for the RTE Lyric FM “Choirs for Christmas” competition. They performed on “Niall Carroll’s Classical Daytime” radio show on Wed 19 December 2012.
Fifth Year Musical 2016: Guys & Dolls
Played In the Coulson Theatre under the direction of Ms Aoife Dunne in January 2016. Stage design was by Ms Siobhan Keogh.
Photographs of the Musical are available to view by clicking here
If you wish for any information about the photographs, please contact Mr. Earley.
5th year students from Muckross combined with those of Gonzaga to produce a very entertaining show that played to full houses for three night in mid January.
A huge cast delighted audiences with their dancing, singing and acting talent, and the photographs capture some of the enjoyment they had in doing so.
The Brennan Cup
This competition is for all students studying brass, wind, piano or voice of grade VI and above.
Each year it attracts talent of extraordinary
standards and performances are impressive.
The Brennan Cup 2016
This year the winner was David Blake from 1st year. Congrats to all the finalists and thanks to Fr Brennan, Ms O'Brien and all others involved.
The 2016 finalists were:
Photos taken by Louis Stewart (4D) may be viewed here.