Music News

Congratulations to Lauren Wright year 12 who won the under 16 Warrenpoint Buskfest in August.  As well as the prestigious title Lauren picked up the top prize of £200

June 2015

Conor meets with West End / Hollywood Star Fra Fee from ‘ Les Miserables’

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Our very talented Connor Downey met with West End & Hollywood star Mr Fra Fee from‘Les Miserables’.  Connor has been very inspired by Fra who told him he has an exceptional voice!  Connor has important auditions coming up and will be one of the stars in our ‘Summer Cooler Concert’ on Thursday 18 June in the College.

Keep a look out for our CD launch featuring Connor and our other Gifted & Talented pupils


April 2015

‘New Beginnings’ for Talented New-Bridge Composer Alana McCourt

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Gifted and Talented New-Bridge student Alanna McCourt has been awarded a £1,000  Carson Bursary. Alanna has used the Bursary to compose a song to celebrate Integrated Education in Northern Ireland called ‘New Beginnings’.

Alanna is a very talented musician and has been composing her own music for several years.  Alanna is currently studying for her GCSE examinations and makes a huge contribution to the College, in particular the Music and Drama Department.    Mrs Anderson, Principal and Mrs McLean, Head of Music are extremely proud of Alanna’s achievement and look forward to the official launch of ‘New Beginnings’ to mark the 20th Celebration of New-Bridge integrated College later this year.

February 2015

New-Bridge gifts Bannview with the ‘Sound of Music’

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Joanne Hamill from Bannview collected her new keyboard which was kindly donated by the Music Department at New-Bridge.   The Music Department has forged very positive relationships with staff and residents in Bannview and Mrs McLean, Head of Music is delighted to help.  The keyboard will come in very useful for Christmas events and other activities throughout the year at Bannview.

November 2014


Grease The Musical Resounding Success



The amazingly talented cast of Grease thrilled audiences with show stopping performances on Wednesday 5,  Thursday 6 and Friday 7 November 2014

The cast and crew of the smash-hit musical GREASE brought the stage to life in full fifties ‘Swing’.

Staff, students, friends and family enjoyed performances worthy of the West End from the original High-School musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy and Greased Lightnin’.


See Gallery for photos!


October 2014

Amy Jordan To Perform in Carnegie Hall

Amy Jordan, a year 10 student from New–Bridge Integrated College is preparing to head off, along with her fellow musicians from the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI), to tour in America over the Halloween break.

This is 14 year old Amy’s second year with the acclaimed youth orchestra as a second violinist and while she has completed two National tours this will be her first International tour.

The CBOI, Ireland’s leading youth orchestra, is made up of 110 young musicians aged 12 – 24 years from both sides of the community and both sides of the border. It was established in 1995 as a means of bringing young people of all traditions, cultures and faiths from all over Ireland together to promote tolerance and understanding through the power of music.

It is this promotion of unity that connects it so closely to the ethos of Integrated Education.

The tour which lasts 7 days will climax with a performance on the prestigious stage of Carnegie Hall, New York on Thursday 30th October at 7.30pm. To play on the stage of Carnegie Hall is quite an honour and like every other musician Amy is very excited at the prospect. To claim such an achievement at the tender age of 14 makes the prospect even more exciting.

The CBOI is now recruiting new members so if you can play any orchestral instrument (except piano) or bagpipes/highland pipes and would like to join an orchestra that can offer you these opportunities then contact the CBOI via email at or Tel 00353 868283268  Closing date 31st October 2014.

February 2014

New-Bridge Recording Studio

We are very proud of our new Recording Studio in the Music department. With invaluable help from our Parents’ Association,

New-Bridge students staged their very own tribute to the Broadway shows in their recent production of ‘Show Time’. The proceeds of this event funded the build for this new project and we are delighted with the hi-tech and professional finish. Selected pupils have been trained in using the Pro-Logic recording programme and are responsible for the smooth running of the studio. This is yet another exciting development in promoting the Gifted and Talented programme in the College.

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November 2013

Music Theory Results

Grade 1 

James Green – Distinction

Katie Lennon – Distinction

Peter McConville – Distinction

Caroline Andrews – Merit

Beth McDaniel – Merit

Mark Ford – Merit

Lois Lyness – Pass

Grade 3 

Molly Gallagher – Merit

Rachel Kitchen – Merit

Grade 2 

Connor Downey – Merit

Conor Burns – Pass

Alanna McCourt – Pass



Ulster Youth Choir & Training Choir Auditions 

Mrs McLean invited the renowned vocal tutor, Mr Alan Leech from California, to visit New- Bridge. He held a 90 minute intense workshop which Mrs McLean called a ‘gym class for your voice!’ At the end of the session, 16 of our talented choir members auditioned for a place in the Ulster Youth Choir.

The following 10 pupils have secured a place in the UYC in Summer 2014 and will be touring with them throughout the year.


Alanna Mc Court

Katie Morgan

Fiona Mc Elroy

Sarah Devlin

Honer Travers

Rebecca Wilson

Sophie Jones

Rachel Clydesdale

Harry Singer

Connor Downey


October 2013

Gifted and Talented Programme

Miss Gemma Price from Northern Ireland Opera has visited the College to work with Amie Green 14ML in a special master class. As you all know, Amie has an amazing Operatic voice and is applying for specialist Music courses for next year. You will all get a chance to hear Amie sing in this year’s ‘Winter Warmer’ in the Music Department and in our annual Carol Service.



Instrumental Tuition 

Currently we have 55 pupils learning an instrument in New-Bridge and we are very proud of our 100% pass rate in external examinations last term -80% of these were distinctions! Make sure you check the timetable every week for your lesson time.

New-Bridge Integrated College Choir 2013-2014 

New-Bridge Integrated College choir is making quite a reputation for themselves and the prestigious events they are being invited to participate in is testimony to their hard work and the work of Head of Music, Mrs T McLean. The Choir recently performed in the Market Place Theatre, Armagh, sang for the Minister of Education, Mr John O’Dowd and are looking forward to singing in the Waterfront Hall at the Peace Proms in February.

New-Bridge Integrated College Guitar Music Tutor, Mr Michael Murphy is trekking across the Sahara with his guitar on his back of course! All money he raises will go to the Northern Ireland Hospice. Donations are welcome and can be received through the College Office.


February 2013

Gifted and Talented Programme

“Broadway” comes to New-Bridge. A celebration of Song, Dance & Drama in June 2013

If you would like to be involved in this exciting new Production please speak to Mrs McLean.

January 2013

4Amy Jordan, a Year 8 student at New-Bridge Integrated College, Loughbrickland joins 120     young musicians from both sides of the border to take part in a national tour as the internationally acclaimed Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland led by Ireland’s premier conductor Maestro Gearoid Grant.

The CBOI, established in 1995 as a peace initiative, has developed ‘Peace Proms’ over the past 18 years, the ultimate vision being to create a cross culture and cross community link between Catholic and Protestant school children throughout Ireland and to educate children about commitment, tolerance and friendship through the medium of music. It is recognised as one of Ireland’s most important education initiatives providing outstanding cultural opportunities for young people while promoting peace, unity and tolerance. A vision understood and shared by New-Bridge Integrated College.

Amy is looking forward, in particular, to the final two performances of the tour which take place in the Waterfront, Belfast on Sunday 3rd March at 2pm and 7pm respectively, tickets priced at £10. Here the CBOI will be joined on stage with a 700 strong choir of school children from all over the North of Ireland and Co. Louth and Amy’s family, friends and teachers will be able to enjoy for themselves the fruits of Amy’s hard work! We are very proud of Amy and wish her good luck!

November 2012

Congratulations to the students who have recently achieved brilliant results in their music theory grades, achieving Distinctions, Merits and Passes:

Fiona McIlroy- Grade 1. Connie Rogan- Grade 1 

Alison McCullagh- Grade 1. Rachel Canniford- Grade 1 

Christian Ford- Grade1. Chloe Hamill- Grade 1 

Alana McCourt- Grade 1. Nicola McDonald- Grade 2 

Rachel Kitchen- Grade 2. Arthur Byrne- Grade 3 

Conor Burns- Grade 1. Fiona McGrath- Grade 1 

Katie Taylor- Magoran- Grade 2. Clodagh McComiskey- Grade 1 

Coming up to Christmas the Music Department has been extremely busy organising the up and coming Winter Warmer concert, which is taking place Wednesday 12th December. It will star many of our young talented musicians who will perform in front of many family and friends.

Also in the next coming weeks our school choir will be performing a short carol service in Spelga Mews for the elderly. Good luck to every-one involved!


October 2012

Congratulations to all our Music Examination Candidates who recently achieved:

Rebecca Wilson voice Grade 3 Distinction

Jenna Mc Anearney voice Grade 8 Merit

Gemma Chambers voice Grade 1 Distinction

Rachel Canniford trumpet Grade 3 Merit

Christian Ford drum kit Grade 2 Pass

Mark Ford drum kit Grade 2 Merit

Emma-Rose McKeown piano Grade 2 Merit

Gifted and Talented Programme at New-Bridge

Year 10 Art, Drama, ICT and Music students in New-Bridge Integrated College have been involved in an exciting new digital media connected learning project.


The Amma Centre staff in Armagh came to the College to give advice and offer training to the pupils involved. As a result of the success of the project, work was submitted to the Carson Bursary Award. Year 10 students were awarded 1st place in key stage 3 (£500) and Year 14 art student Caoimhe Devlin was awarded joint 1st in the senior section (£250).

The Carson Awards are named in honour of the legendary Northern Ireland comedian Frank Carson and his son Tony. Frank and Tony are both passionate supporters of integrated education and have a long standing relationship with the Integrated Education Fund. Sponsored by Tony, The Awards are now in their fourth year and it is hoped the scheme will run for many years to come.

We were delighted that our efforts with the Year 10 Journeys project have also been recognised by CRED NI who awarded us a £4000 grant to further develp our digital media resources in the school.

The Bursary has enabled the College to purchase 4 new Mac Book Pros ICT, which will be put to good use in the college.