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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.

Entry fee: €20

Entries accepted from: Monday 5 November 2018

Closing date for entries: 4:30pm on Friday 16 November 2018

Date of competition: Saturday 1 December 2018



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 2017-18: Anna Jansson (piano)

 

Entry fee: €20
Entries accepted from: Monday 5 November 2018
Closing date for entries: 4:30pm on Friday 16 November 2018   
Date of competition: During the week beginning 10 December 2018   
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 2017-18:  Kym Corridan

Entry fee: €20         
Entries accepted from: Monday 1 April 2019       
Closing date for entries: 4:30pm on Friday 12 April 2019
Date of competition: Friday 10 May, 2019 

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.  The winner will also be presented with the Barry’s Tea Perpetual Trophy.

 

Winner 2017-18:  The Doolan Quartet    

David McElroy (violin)

Rachael Masterson (violin)

Martha Campbell (viola)

Grace Coughlan (cello)

 

Runners-up:  The Buffet of Clarinets 

Daire Sweeney

James Gibson

James Kelleher

Cormac Flynn

 

 

Entry fee: €20         
Entries accepted from: Monday 7 January 2019   
Closing date for entries: 4:30pm on Friday 18 January 2019
Dates of competition: 

Preliminary Round: Friday-Saturday 8-9 February 2019       

Final: Sunday 10 February 2019 [3pm]

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.

Winner 2017-18:  Ben Johnson (piano)

Runner-up: Jane Sullivan (oboe)


In addition, providing the adjudicator is satisfied that a sufficiently high standard has been achieved, the highest-placed candidate in each discipline will receive a special award, as follows.

The highest-placed pianist in the Competition will be awarded the CSMPA Perpetual Trophy and €50.  This award, the Eileen O’Connor Memorial Prize, was instituted by colleagues and friends of the late Eileen O’Connor, teacher of piano and singing in the School for over 30 years.
2017-18: Ben Johnson

The highest-placed violinist in the Competition will be awarded the Michael McNamara Perpetual Trophy and €50.  This trophy was presented by Kindlon Insurances Ltd. Dublin, in memory of the late Michael McNamara, former Principal of the Dublin College of Music and Extern Examiner and teacher at Cork School of Music for many years.
2017-18: Cillian Ó Cathasaigh

The highest-placed violist in the Competition will be awarded the Alfred de Reyghere Memorial Prize and €50.  This prize, instituted in 1991 in memory of the late Alfred de Reyghere, is in the form of a perpetual trophy, donated by John Vallery and Mary Beattie.
2017-18: Ian Molloy

The highest-placed cellist or double-bassist in the Competition will be awarded the CSMPA Perpetual Trophy and €50
2017-18: Grace Hernan (cello)

The highest-placed guitarist in the Competition will receive the CSMPA Perpetual Trophy and €50
2017-18: Max Zhelonkin

The highest-placed woodwind player in the Competition will receive the CSMPA Perpetual Trophy and €50
2017-18: Jane Sullivan

The highest-placed brasswind player in the Competition will receive the GASLINK Perpetual Trophy and €50
2017-18: Karl Sullivan

The highest-placed percussionist in the Competition will receive the Alex Petcu Perpetual Trophy and €50
2017-18: No Award

 

 

Entry fee: €20         
Entries accepted from:  Monday 4 February 2019    
Closing date for entries: 4:30pm on Friday 15 February 2019
Dates of competition:    

Preliminary Round: Friday-Saturday 8-9 March 2019

Final: Sunday 10 March 2019

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:  2017-18: The Competition was not held due to snow.



In addition, providing the adjudicator is satisfied that a sufficiently high standard has been achieved, the highest-placed candidate in each discipline will receive a special award, as follows:

The highest-placed pianist in the Competition will be awarded a trophy and €50    

The highest-placed violinist in the Competition will be awarded a trophy and €50    

The highest-placed violist in the Competition will be awarded a trophy and €50    

The highest-placed cellist or double-bassist in the Competition will be awarded a trophy and €50

The highest-placed guitarist in the Competition will be awarded a trophy and €50    

The highest-placed woodwind player in the Competition will be awarded a trophy and €50    

The highest-placed brasswind player in the Competition will be awarded a trophy and €50

The highest-placed singer in the Competition will be awarded a trophy and €50

The highest-placed percussionist in the Competition will be awarded a trophy and €50

 

Entry fee: €20          
Entries accepted from: Monday 29 April 2019      

Closing date for entries: 4:30pm on Friday 10 May 2019
Date of competition:      

Saturday-Sunday 24-25 May 2019

Final: Monday 27 May 2019 @ 7:30pm

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.

Winner 2017-18:  Kevin Jansson (piano)      

Runner-up:  Callum Owens (cello)


In addition, providing the adjudicator is satisfied that a sufficiently high standard has been achieved, the highest-placed candidate in each discipline will receive a special award, as follows.  

The highest-placed pianist in the Competition will be awarded the Bernard B. Curtis Perpetual Trophy and €50.  This trophy was presented to the School by the family of the late Bernard B. Curtis, Director of the School from 1936 to 1973, on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
2017-18: Kevin Jansson

The highest-placed violinist in the Competition will be awarded the A. Swainston-Harrison Perpetual Trophy, presented to the School by Atholl Swainston-Harrison in 2004, and €50.
2017-18: David McElroy

The highest-placed violist in the Competition will be awarded the Alfred and Peggy de Reyghere Memorial Trophy and €50.  This perpetual trophy was presented to the School by Cornelia and Constantin Zanidache in 1993.  It commemorates both Alfred de Reyghere, who was for many years a member of staff at Cork School of Music, and his wife Peggy who gave unstinting support to music in Cork.
2017-18: Séamus Hickey

The highest-placed cellist or double-bassist in the Competition will be awarded the Cantrell & Cochrane (Munster) Ltd Cup - a perpetual trophy presented to the School by Cantrell & Cochrane (Munster) Ltd - and €50
2017-18: Callum Owens (cello)

The highest-placed guitarist in the Competition will be awarded the CSMPA Perpetual Trophy and  €50
2017-18: Edward Lane

The highest-placed woodwind player in the Competition will be awarded the Casey Cup - a perpetual trophy presented to the School in 1992 by Bernard Casey (Acting Head of Department of Wind, Percussion, Voice & Drama at Cork School of Music 1995-2000) - and €50
2017-18: Rebecca Archer

The highest-placed brasswind player in the Competition will be awarded the Competitions Committee Perpetual Trophy and €50
2017-18: John O'Flynn

The highest-placed singer in the Competition will be awarded the CSMPA Perpetual Trophy and €50
2017-18: Fiona Falvey

The highest–placed performance of a Traditional Instrument was awarded a certificate and €50
2017-18: No award

The highest–placed period performance will be awarded the CSMPA Perpetual Trophy and €50
2017-18: No award

The highest-placed percussionist in the Competition will receive the Perpetual Trophy sponsored by Alex Petcu and €50
2017-18: Patrick Lynch

 

Senior Concerto Competition

Entry fee: €20

Entries accepted from: Monday 3 December 2018

Closing date for entries: 4:30pm on Friday 14 December 2018

Date of competition: Saturday-Sunday 19-20 January 2019



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.

Winner 2017-18: Ellen Jansson (piano)

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