Last chance to enter Thomas Moore contest

THIS Friday is the deadline for entries to the Thomas Moore Singing Competition, which will take place on March 6 in the Watergate Theatre.

THIS Friday is the deadline for entries to the Thomas Moore Singing Competition, which will take place on March 6 in the Watergate Theatre.

Adjudicator for the entire competition, from 4th class to 6th year, will be Sylvia O’Regan, a lecturer in singing at the Royal Academy of Music, Dublin. A graduate of University College Dublin with a BA H Dip in Ed, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Performance and Musicology from NUI Maynooth.

An accomplished performer, Ms O’Regan has been regularly engaged for concerts and recitals in major Irish venues. She has also been soloist in concerts and operas in Italy, Spain and the UK. She has sung roles for Opera Ireland in the Gaiety Theatre and for the RTÉ Proms and has made numerous appearances on RTÉ radio and TV.

For this year’s Thomas Moore Singing Competition, two new trophies are being designed by a local jeweller. There will be a bursary for the winner of the Senior B competition, and two new categories of winner are also being introduced: The Most Promising Young Singer and the Kilkenny Academy of Music Award.

The competition will begin in the Watergate at 9.30am on March 6, with secondary-school students in the afternoon.

Entries should be sent to Paddy Rafter, Kilkenny Academy of Music, Threecastles, Kilkenny.