@Castledawsonps1 Music workshop


Earlier this week our sixth year Music classes hosted the Primary Six pupils from Castledawson Primary School for a music workshop. During this they learnt about tempo, pulse and rhythm. In groups they got to create their own rhythms after being inspired at our rhythm café.


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Rainey Pupils selected for Ulster Youth Choir @UYCNI

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The Ulster Youth choir recently visited Rainey Endowed to deliver a workshop for our junior and senior choir. This was a fantastic experience for over 90 of our pupils who attended. Following on from this, twenty eight of our students have been selected for the Junior Ulster Youth choir or the Ulster Youth Training Choir. This is a wonderful opportunity for these pupils which reflects their commitment and talent.


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Rainey Christmas Carol Services 2016




A snippet from the excellent Carol Service of Tuesday 13th December 2016.

Well done to all pupils and staff involved.

Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year


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Music Workshops for P6 & P7 Pupils



For two weeks in November a group of seven enthusiastic A level music students volunteered to participate in four fun-filled music workshops for Primary 6 and 7 pupils from Castledawson and New Row Primary Schools. During the course of the four workshops, we taught the children the basic elements of music – pitch, rhythm dynamics, pulse and texture. We taught these musical elements through powerpoint and of course one or two fun games!


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NYO Inspire Orchestra 2016

NYO Inspire Orchestra 2016 was made up of 71 teenagers from around the UK, including our very own Year 13 student, Caitlin McPeake, who came together for an incredible 10-day orchestral music-making residency. Comprising 6-days of rehearsals at the University of Wolverhampton, the Orchestra then embarked on a 4-day concert tour of the West Midlands, bringing orchestral music to their peers in diverse places from schools to a youth centre. One of the highlights of the tour was performing at The Way Youth Zone Wolverhampton, where the audience was made up of over a hundred teenagers who had never seen an orchestra perform live. Focusing on peer sharing and learning, the Orchestra also led workshops for musicians from local music hubs and schools, exploring the different layers and sounds of an orchestra.

This year, NYO Inspire Orchestra performed Nino Rota’s circus-themed La Strada (the score from the Italian film by Federico Fellini), taking on a unique rendition of the piece that creatively integrates spoken word and movement. See their final performance by clicking this link.

Applications for NYO Inspire 2017 are now open and if you know of any young musicians aged 13-19 who may be interested in NYO Inspire, you can apply by clicking this link.

All NYO Inspire projects are free to participate in.

The deadline for submitting is 9am on Monday 24 October 2016.

Music students perform with The Band of the Irish Guards at Cookstown Primary School

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On Monday 27 June, a small number of our woodwind students had the opportunity to practice and perform with The Band of the Irish Guards at Cookstown Primary School.
They took part in instrumental workshops in the morning before rehearsing with the band in the afternoon. Pupils then performed in a short concert to conclude their day with the band.
Our thanks go to Mrs Cuddy from Cookstown Primary School for inviting us along to this fantastic event!

Spring Concert 2016

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Well done everyone on yet another excellent Spring Concert last night.  Beautiful music from around the world.

Gallery and video here.



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Music Workshops with pupils from @Castledawsonps1 (Castledawson Primary School)

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Last Friday was the final music session for the pupils of Castledawson Primary School. Claire McKinney, Alex Bell and Roseanna Hunter taught four excellent music lessons to the Primary 6/7 pupils, and will greatly miss the energy on a Friday morning that the pupils brought to the sessions.


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Spring Concert Tickets Now Available

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This Year’s Spring Concert will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 15th March 2016 in the Johnston Hall. Tickets are priced at £5 each and include refreshments, which will be served in the Dining Hall during the interval. Please complete and return the slip, along with the correct payment (cheques made payable to Rainey Endowed School) to the school office no later than Friday 11th March 2016.


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Rainey Carol Service 2015

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A snippet from the excellent Carol Service of Wednesday 16th December 2015.

Well done to all pupils and staff involved. Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year


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Ulster Youth Choir Workshop with @eunanmcdonald

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On Friday 4th December, Eunan McDonald from the Ulster Youth Choir came in to school to lead a workshop for members of the Junior and Senior Choirs. This was a fantastic opportunity which allowed our pupils to gain an insight into singing in this prestigious choir, as well as picking up some singing tips in preparation for the upcoming Christmas Concerts.


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Music Workshop with pupils from Castledawson Primary School

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A BIG thank you to all the pupils from Castledawson Primary School who came to visit us today. We hope you enjoyed the music workshop.

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Big Flute Challenge

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Get involved with the Big Flute Challenge 2015!

For more information and to register, check out, www.bigflutechallenge.co.uk

Piano Lessons

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Spring Concert 2015

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Well done everyone on yet another excellent Spring Concert last night. Have a great Easter. #endofterm

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Rainey Carol Service 2014



Very well done to all those students involved in the Carol Services. Thanks for all your hard work this term!

All photographs from the concerts are here



Rainey Carol Services

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A large number of students have been busy rehearsing for this year’s Carol Services , which will take place on Wednesday 17 December and Thursday 18 December, commencing at 7:45pm in The Johnston Hall.

Tickets, priced £5 can be purchased from the School Office. Proceeds this year are in aid of charities supported by Rainey Endowed this year.

Spring Concerts 2014

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At last it’s Spring and what better way to celebrate than a Rainey Spring Concert. This year again, Rainey pupils reminded us all what an exceptional, talented and happy school we are.

Pupils, thank you for the music……

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