Sonas Harp group win the Cup

May 18, 2015

The Carroll School of Harp Ensemble has wowed Newry Feis winning the Ferguson Cup in the Open Group competition.  Traditionally a competition between local Comhaltas and Scor groups, the Sonas Harp Ensemble stunned the adjudicators with their flawless performance to win the cup.

The young harpists’ intricate arrangements of Ryan’s Polka, Eleanor Plunkett and The Butterfly won the heart of the adjudicators and their score and comments were stunning.

Adjudicators Annette Hannigan and Michelle Foy said.

‘A score of 95%.  Overall, a very majestic performance.  A novel, unique type of performance.  Very well executed.  Well done!’ Sharon Carroll, the Carroll School of Harp’s director said.

“It was an amazing day at the Feis for all my harp students as they not only excelled in their Solo competitions but the icing on the cake was Sonas wining the Group competition.  We are very unique but clearly according to the judges’ scores, we must be doing something right!  The students performed beautifully and are such a pleasure to work with.  I’m a very proud teacher!”  Tom Watson (co-director of Sonas) said.

We started Sonas up as a learning tool just over two years ago and we haven’t looked back!  Sonas is open to all our students, no matter what their age or level, beginners and more advanced players play side by side.  We believe that skills such as working together to develop arrangements and performing as a group are a vital part of the development of our young musicians.  The pupils have gone from strength to strength and an exciting time has been planned which will feature more performances, workshops and CD recordings – a busy programme of activities!’

The Sonas winning team were Emma Fegan, Katie King, Caoimhe Connell, Rachael Fitzpatrick, Kerry Uprichard and Anna Magee.

Well done also to The Carroll School of Harp, Feis harp solo competition winners:  (under 12) Brenna Byrne, Catherine Magee (under 15 category) and Rachael Fitzpatrick (under 18), Alister Gracey (adult).