Three CIT Cork School of Music students are among the seven chosen nationally to compete in the final of the Fr. Frank Maher Bursary Competition worth €5,000 which takes place before a live audience in Dublin tomorrow 11 November.
We wish the very best to our students :
Grace Coughlan , cello student of Chris Marwood
Aisling Donnelly, piano student of Mary Beattie
Seamus Hickey, viola student of Simon Aspell
The Father Frank Maher Classical Music Awards were established in 2001 and are sponsored by the Top Security Group to honour the late teacher at Castleknock College from 1959-1998.
The Awards aim is to promote musical life, assist cultural exchange and promote young and talented musicians. The Winner's bursary is the largest classical music awards in ireland and has been a jewel in Ireland's classical cultural crown for over 15 years. From the outset, exceptional and highly talented young musicians have performed each year to invited audiences in a bid to win this award. Past winners have used their bursary to attend many of the world's most prominent music Achademies such as Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique et de Danse Paris, Kronberg Academy Germany, Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, Texas, RAM London to name but a few.
The Competition is open to sixth year students attending any Post Primary School nationwide. From the applications received an independent Board of Adjudicators decide and select the Finalists to attend and perform in front of an invited audience. The finalists will each receive a prize of €250.
Previous bursary winners from CIT Cork School of Music are Sinead O Halloran, cello and Mairead Hickey violin.