Sixth year music students in post-primary schools in Tipperary now have the chance to flex their fingers and win a E2,000 bursary to develop their musical talent and put their county on the musical map.
The Fr Frank Maher Music Awards, sponsored by Top Security, is now seeking entries from all over Ireland for the very first time. It is the country’s largest classical musical scholarship for post-primary schools.
The Fr Frank Maher Music Awards is open to sixth year post-primary students of strings, woodwind, brass and piano only. A classical programme may only be entered and the aim is to showcase outstanding young musical talent in Ireland. The standard is extremely high and this year’s judging panel includes Dr Marion Doherty Hayden, retired Head of Music at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, conductor, teacher and performer, and Peter Sweeney, the renowned organist, teacher and adjudicator. Emmet O’Rafferty, chairman of Top Security, set up the Awards several years ago in memory of the late priest who was a music teacher at his old school.
Seven finalists will be selected from the entries received by the independent adjudication panel and attend a competition night on Wednesday, November 7th in Castleknock College, Dublin where they will perform in front of an invited audience. The top prize of a E2,000 bursary is to be used by the winner to attend a recognised place of tuition, a course of study in Ireland or abroad or on a purchase deemed necessary for the development of their talent. The remaining finalists will each receive E150.
The closing date to enter the Fr Frank Maher Music Scholarship Awards is Monday 15 October 2012. Full details are available from www.topsecurity.ie.