MUSIC plays a large part in the life of the school. Apart from L.C. & J.C. music classes, First & 4th Year students have music appreciation classes and students have the opportunity to take instrument lessons in clarinet, flute, french horn, alto, soprano & tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, bass guitar & percussion
Exchanges have taken place with the Choir of Gumley House F.C.J. School, London, the North Co. Dublin Orchestra and F.C.J. Laurel Hill, Limerick – Orchestra and Choir.
In April 1999 the F.C.J. Band, with the Cross Border Orchestra, gave two very successful performances at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and also performed with them at The Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
The music department has been involved in a very successful EXCHANGE PROGRAMME with an American school for the past 22 years. The Mount St. Charles Academy Band, Woonsocket , R.I. visited Bunclody in 1996, 2000, 2007, 2011 & 2015. In 1995, 2001, 2005, 2012 & 2016 the Seniors visited Rhode Island as guests of Mount. During their U.S. trips they have given performances in R.I., New Hampshire, Connecticut & N.Y. (including two with past pupil, Anthony Kearns of Irish Tenors fame).
When the MSC Band visited in 2007, they performed in the National Concert Hall with the FCJ orchestras and raised €15,500 for the Friends of Wexford General Hospital Cancer Day Unit Appeal. Since 2002 the orchestras have raised over €20,000 for the F.C.J. Sisters’ work in the Philippines, South America, Indonesia & the Sudan.
A MUSICAL is produced in alternate years and the school is renowned for its excellent productions, including: “The Wizard of Oz”, “Oklahoma” , “Godspell”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “My Fair Lady”, “Guys and Dolls”, “The Pirates of Penzance”, “The Boyfriend”, “South Pacific”, “Hello Dolly”, “Kiss me Kate”, “Fiddler on the Roof” ,“My Fair Lady”, “Grease”, “Guys & Dolls” & “All Shook Up”. The most recent musical was, “Back to the 80’s”, presented in October 2015.
In the past, senior students presented PLAYS from the Leaving Certificate syllabus. These very successful productions included : “The Playboy of the Western World” “The Importance of Being Earnest” “Philadelphia, Here I Come !” “The Plough and the Stars” “Juno and the Paycock”.
To motivate and interest students in DRAMA, we attend many national drama productions. “Drama Days” are held each year when visiting groups work with students.