Voices of approval for revived singing contest

MARCH 6 saw the revival of the Thomas Moore Singing Competition. Run by the Kilkenny Academy of Music, it was deemed “an outstanding success” in the Watergate Theatre.

MARCH 6 saw the revival of the Thomas Moore Singing Competition. Run by the Kilkenny Academy of Music, it was deemed “an outstanding success” in the Watergate Theatre.

The competition was divided into four categories – Junior A, Junior B primary, Senior A and Senior B secondary – with the following results.

Junior A Kilkenny Academy of Music Award: 1st Eilish Hennessy, Scoil Ruadhain, Tullaroan; 2nd Tom Kennedy, St Patrick’s Boys National School.

Junior B Nostalgia Cafe Cup: 1st Dylan Simpson; 2nd Jennifer Blanchfield, St John of God; 3rd Maureen Hennessy, Scoil Ruadhain, Tullaroan.

Senior A Rafter Dempsey Cup: 1st Emily Walshe, Haywood College; 2nd Jessica Tallis, St Brigid’s College, Callan.

Senior B Kyteler’s Inn Award and Bursary of 500 euro: 1st Caoimhe Joyce, Loreto Secondary School; 2nd Sarah Walpole, Presentation Secondary School; 3rd Clare Roberts, Presentation Secondary School.

Kilkenny Academy of Music vocal bursary for a newcomer: Stacy Dunne, Johnstown Vocational School.

The competition was adjudicated by Sylvia O’Regan, senior vocal teacher in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. A renowned singer, teacher and famed adjudicator at competitions across Ireland, Ms O’Regan remarked throughout the day about the high standard of singing and how well prepared the students were.

Paddy and Maura Rafter offered their thanks to all of the teachers and schools for their support, and the students, their parents and guardians. They also thanked sponsors Nicki Flynn of Kyteler’s, Gerry and Josephine Rafter of Rafter Dempsey’s, and Michael and Catherine Dore of Nostalgia Cafe. “A big thank you to Ger, Breda and all the staff at the Watergate Theatre,” Paddy said. “Having seen this competition and having heard the wonderful singing and the fantastic atmosphere, we cannot wait for next year.”

Anne McEvoy, chairwoman of the Thomas Moore Society, also congratulated Paddy and Maura Rafter on the success of their first Young Singers Competition. The competition had been run by the Thomas Moore Society for 22 years and grew in entrants and success and Anne explained as the competition grew she and her committee also grew older! They felt that with the great success of the competition and the huge administration involved, the time had come to pass this on to younger people. They were delighted when Paddy and Maura approached them with an interest in it. The numbers were smaller this year but Anne assured them that, since this was a transition year with a change of time and venue, no doubt it will grow. She wished them every success in the coming years.