“The greatest benefits of singing in a choir come from reducing social isolation; stimulating cognitive function; alleviating low mood and anxiety; improving respiratory function; having fun and relaxing and obtaining a sense of mindfulness and transcendence from everyday worries”. Hilary Moss (University of Limerick).
There are a number of different choirs in the school which are mostly part of the extra-curricular programme.
Each First Year student has the opportunity to sing in a choir, as it is part of their academic timetable.
The school choir is open to all students from First Year to Sixth Year and rehearsals take place at lunchtime. This choir sings at important occasions during the year, such as the ‘Opening of the Year Mass’ and ‘Prizegiving’. The choir also has a major role in the Annual Christmas Concert and it participates as a Loreto school in the Grafton Street carol-singing initiative in aid of charity. In recent years, the choir has also taken part in the Emmanuel Concert at the Helix as part of a massed choir of second level students.
The Loreto Foxrock Junior Choir is open to students from First to Third Year. This choir rehearses in the morning before school. The Junior Choir perform a variety of musical styles such as classical, jazz, and popular music. Each year the Junior Choir performs at major school events, as well as music festivals and competitions. The Junior Choir has been a successful prize winner of The Kilcoole Music Festival in 2016 and 2017.