Record entry at Kilkenny Music Festival

CELEBRATING 15 years of competitive music competitions the committee of Kilkenny Music Festival are delighted with a record breaking entry for the Secondary Schools Choral competitions.

CELEBRATING 15 years of competitive music competitions the committee of Kilkenny Music Festival are delighted with a record breaking entry for the Secondary Schools Choral competitions.

For the first time ever there are entries from every single secondary school in the city - Loreto, Presentation, Kilkenny College, CBS, St Kieran’s College and Coláiste Pobail Osraí. Castlecomer Community School and Heywood Secondary School are also competing.

Having established an extremely high standard of choral singing the festival has also attracted entries from Dublin schools - Mount Sackville and The King’s Hospital.

This year the competitions for Secondary Choral are being hosted by CBS Secondary School on James’ Street. The festival committee are hugely indebted to CBS for taking on this mammoth task which will proceed at 3pm and run until 10pm on Wednesday (March 6).

15 years ago there were no male choirs in this category and in the last number of years there has been an explosion of choral music in both CBS and St Kieran’s College. Colaiste Pobail Osraí made their debut at the competitions last year. Choral singing has become the norm in all the participating schools and of course there is great friendly rivalry between all involved.The committee are expecting an electric reaction with all those involved vying for the Cups and Trophies.

The categories cater for all age groups with First Years competing for the Club House Shield for Unison Choirs.Then 2nd years to Junior Cert have a choice of competing in The Marie Fitzpatrick Trophy for Sacred Music or the Meubles Cup for 2-part singing. The Rev. Fr Donal Kelly Cup will be awarded to the most outstanding Chamber Choir. The Senior Competitions include the Eddie Gray Memorial Cup for Sacred Music and The Ann P Smithwick Cup for for 3-4 part Senior Choirs. There are 14 entries for the Smithwick Cup and this promises a nail-biting experience not only for the choirs but the audience also. This competition is the final competition of the day and for anyone interested in choral music an exciting and uplifting evening is guaranteed.

The ethos of Kilkenny Music Festival is to provide a performance platform for choirs and individual musicians and the choral competitions would not happen without the extraordinary choral directors in the local schools. Over the last 15 years they have by their passion and love of music pushed the standard of choral singing to extraordinary heights which equal anything on a national level.

Huge credit is due to Jacinta Cantwell and Lena Hally from Loreto,Veronica Mc Carron from Presentation, David Milne, Nicola Harding and Sarah Brunnick from Kilkenny College, Mandy Dowling from CBS, Fiona Mc Phillips from Castlecomer Community School, Olive Comerford, Aisling Phelan and Jean Fitzpatrick from St Kieran’s College, Deirdre Ní Mhaicín from Coláiste Pobail Osraí and Geraldine Murphy and Lynn Brophy from Heywood. The festival applauds their dedication and looks forward in anticipation to a superb day of choral singing on March 6.

The festival committee are also hugely indebted to its sponsors - St. Canice’s Credit Union, Kilkenny Borough Council, StateStreet and Meubles. The adjudicator for this year’s Choral Competitions is Dr Albert Bradshaw who also adjudicated the very first Kilkenny Music Festival.