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  1. All competition entries must be made on the official entry form which, together with the appropriate entry fee, must be lodged at the School’s Public Office (G16) by 4.30 p.m. on the relevant closing date.
  2. Under no circumstances will competition entries be accepted after 4.30 p.m. on the closing dates specified.
  3. An individual or ensemble awarded first place in any competition may not re-enter the same competition the following year.
  4. No competitor may perform repertory they have performed previously in any other CSM competition.
  5. Competitions are not open to members of staff.

 

The Junior Concerto Competition is open to students who are currently enrolled in the School to study the instrument chosen for the competition. Entrants must be under the age of 17 years (on October 1st preceding the date of the competition) and not have passed the School’s Grade VIII examination for the instrument chosen for the competition. Candidates are required to perform, with piano accompaniment, a complete concerto from the standard concert repertory.

The winner is awarded the ARUP Perpetual Trophy, a cash prize and if possible, be given an opportunity to perform as soloist with one of the School orchestras.

Winner December 2021: Lucia Murphy, violin

Highly Commended: Ellen Crowley, violin

Highly Commended: Martin Chavdarov, piano

Commended: Roisín Martin, violin

Commended: Ilarion Zubialevich, clarinet

Commended: Clodagh Sweeney, recorder

Commended: Aoibhinn Brennan, flute

Commended: Roisín Martin, French horn

 

Senior Concerto Competition

The Senior Concerto Competition is open to students who are currently enrolled in the School to study the instrument chosen for the competition. Candidates are required to perform, with piano accompaniment, a complete concerto from the standard concert repertory.

The winner will, if possible, be given an opportunity to perform as soloist with one of the School orchestras. Thee winner will also be awarded the Bridget Doolan Senior Concerto Perpetual Trophy, and a cash prize, presented to the School by the Bridget Doolan Trust in memory of the late Dr Bridget Doolan, distinguished teacher of piano in the School for many years and Director of the School from 1973 to 1980.

Results 2022

Winner: Anna Jansson, piano

Very Highly Commended: Helen Rutledge, violin

Highly Commended: Éimear Corby (ob), Róisín Fleming (vc), Anna Jansson (vn), Carl Roewer (bsn)

Commended: Róisín Fleming, piano

Commended: Rachel Grimes, violin

Commended: Declan Murphy, piano

Commended: Stéphane Petiet, double bass

Commended: Carl Roewer, bassoon

Junior Recital Competition

The Junior Recital Competition is open to part-time students who are currently enrolled in the School to study the instrument chosen for the competition.  Entrants must be under 14 years of age on October 1st preceding the date of the competition (or under 16 years of age in the case of double bass, wind and percussion players).  Candidates are required to perform a programme of not more than 15 minutes duration, showing an ability to interpret a range of styles and to perform from memory.  Competitors may not include more than one movement from a concerto in their programme, or perform other than duo chamber music repertory.

The first and second prize-winners in the Competition will receive €100 and €75 respectively; the other finalists will receive a certificate and €50.  The winner will also be presented with the VHI Healthcare Perpetual Trophy.

Results 2022

Winner: Claudia Duffy, classical guitar

Runner-up: Clodagh Sweeney, recorder

Highest-placed Pianist: Selena O'Rourke

Highest-placed Violinist: Wenying Hao

Highest-placed Violist: Niamh O'Byrne

Highest-placed Cellist/Double Bassist: Grace O'Connell

Highest-placed Brass: Róisín Martin

Highest-placed Woodwind: Clodagh Sweeney (recorder)

Highest-placed Guitar: Claudia Duffy

Highest-placed Percussion: Aisling Kelleher

Highly Commended: Selena O'Rourke, piano

Highly Commended: Clodagh Sweeney, flute

Commended: David Condon, piano

Commended: Denise Sophia Considine, violin

 

 

 

Senior Recital Competition

The Senior Recital Competition is open to part-time and full-time students who are currently enrolled in the School to study the instrument chosen for the competition.  Entrants must be under 19 years of age on October 1st preceding the date of the competition.  Candidates are required to perform a programme of not more than 20 minutes duration, showing an ability to interpret a range of styles and to perform from memory.  Competitors may not include more than one movement from a concerto in their programme, or perform other than duo chamber music repertory.

The first and second prize-winners in the Senior Recital Competition will receive €150 and €100 respectively; the other finalists will receive a certificate and €75.  The winner will also be presented with a Perpetual Trophy.

 

Winner: Anna Jansson, piano

Runner-up: Kate O’Shea, violin

Highest-placed Pianist: Anna Jansson

Highest-placed Violinist: Kate O’Shea

Highest-placed Violist: Sinéad Fleming

Highest-placed Cellist or Double Bassist: Harry Neal, cello

Highest-placed Brass: n/a

Highest-placed Woodwind: Eimear Corby, oboe

Highest-placed Guitarist: Claudia Duffy

Highest-placed Percussion: Sylvan Mayer Whitla

Highly Commended

Aoibhinn Brennan, flute

Eimear Corby, oboe

Claudia Duffy, guitar

Sinéad Fleming, viola

Sylvan Mayer Whitla, piano & percussion

Harry Neal, cello

Carl Roewer, piano

Commended

Eddie Dooley, guitar

Isobel Dooley, flute

Sinéad Fleming, violin

Grace Hernan, cello

Lucia Murphy, violin

Cillian O’Cathasaigh, violin

Karl Riedewald, piano

 

Entry fee: €20
Entries accepted from: Monday 4 April 2022
Closing date for entries: 4:30pm on Friday 15 April 2022
Date of competition: Friday 13th of May 2022
NB: The minimum number of entries required for the competition to take place is 3

This competition, formerly the May O’Neill Scholarship for Piano, instituted in memory of the late May O’Neill, staff member at the School for over 40 years, is open to currently-enrolled students of the School.  Candidates are required to accompany a singer or an instrumentalist in a programme of 15 to 20 minutes duration, showing an ability to interpret a variety of styles.  The programme must include works and/or movements from at least two of the following periods - Baroque, Classical, Romantic, post-1900.  Singers must include at least one example of French Song or German Lied.  Candidates will also be provided with a quick-study piece approximately 24 hours before the competition.  The first and second prize-winners in the competition will receive €150 and €75 respectively.  The winner will also be presented with the Competitions Committee Perpetual Trophy.

Winner 2019-20:  Georgina Cassidy

Entry fee: €20per group
Entries accepted from: Monday 4 April 2022   
Closing date for entries: 4:30pm on Friday 15 April 2022
Date of competition: Saturday 14th of May 2022

This competition is open to ensembles whose members are currently enrolled as students in the School.  Eligible ensembles may contain from two to nine members.  No change in membership of an ensemble will be permitted after the closing date for entry.  The programme may consist of one whole work or an appropriate number of complete movements from different works, but the total duration must be neither less than 20 minutes nor more than 25 minutes. 

 

The first and second prize-winning ensembles in the competition will receive €200 and €100 respectively.  At the discretion of the Vanbrugh Quartet and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, a prize-winning ensemble may be invited to attend and/or take part in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

 

Winner 2018-19:  The Sunrise Quartet    

Megan Chan (violin)

Michelle McCarthy (violin)

Zara Kareem (viola)

Ben Terhorst (cello)

 

 

Entry fee for conservatoire student: €20 

Deposit for degree student (refundable): €50          

Closing date for entries: 4:30pm on Friday 8th of April

The Advanced Recital Competition is open to part-time and full-time students who are currently enrolled in the School to study the instrument chosen for the competition.  Candidates are required to perform a programme of not more than 25 minutes duration, showing an ability to interpret a range of styles and to perform from memory.  Competitors may not include more than one movement from a concerto in their programme, or perform other than duo chamber music repertory.  The first and second prize-winners in the Advanced Recital Competition will receive €200 and €150 respectively; the other finalists will receive a certificate and €75. The winner will also be presented with the PM Group Perpetual Trophy.

 

There will be no Final Round. The 2022 Competition will be run as a single round with awards as follows:

• The First and Second prize-winners in the Advanced Recital Competition will receive €200 and €150 respectively; in addition, the first prize-winner will be awarded the PM Group Perpetual Trophy.

• Very Highly Commended will receive a certificate and €75.

• The highest-placed pianist, violinist, violist, cellist, guitarist, woodwind player, brasswind player, percussionist, singer, trad performance, period performance will be awarded €50 and a trophy where applicable.

• In addition, there may be a number of Highly Commended and Commended performances, where certificates will be awarded.

Rules applying to all competitions:

1. All competition entries must be made on the official form which must be lodged at the School’s Public Office (G16) by 4.30pm on the relevant closing date. Due to Covid19 safety, the fee must be paid online (details on the entry form)

2. Under no circumstances will competition entries be accepted after 4.30pm on the closing dates specified.

3. An individual or ensemble awarded first place in any competition may not re-enter the same competition the following year.

4. No competitor may perform repertory they have performed in any other CSM competition in the previous three years (including the current academic year).

5. Competitions are not open to staff.

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