Kilkenny Academy of Music have had a variety of successes lately, winning local and national competitions, giving high-quality concert performances and achieving excellent exam results.
Students entered competitions in the Kilkenny Music Festival, Thomas Moore Singing Competition, Waterford Feis, Feis Ceoil RDS Dublin, Newry Feis and the Athlone Singing Competition.
They won all Junior singing and runner-up in the Senior girls singing in Kilkenny Music Festival and almost cleared the boards in Waterford, coming first in three of the five singing competitions and second in the other two, plus two piano trophies including the best Pianist of the Festival. One of the school’s violinist won the most promising student of the festival.
The winners in the Kilkenny Music Festival competition were: Girls second, third and fourth class: Eilish Hennessy 1st and her sister Aine 2nd. Girls 5th and 6th class: 1st Mairin Hennessy, HC Hazel McEnery Kells. Boys unchanged voices 1st Simon Walsh, Lisdowney and VHC David Delahaunty, Palmerstown and Jamie Kirwan Malone HC. In the secondary school junior section: 2nd Emily Walsh Lisdowney and VHC Jessica Tallis, Tullaroan and HC Amanda O’Brien, Callan. In the senior girls: 2nd Sadhbh Parle, Castlecomer, 3rd Cherise O’Moore, Lintown Hall, HC Caoimhe Joyce, Talbot’s Inch and Commended Niamh Lowe, Bennettsbridge. Senior Boys VHC Ryan Bolger.
In the Fintan O’Carroll Feis, Waterford. Solo Singing Girls under-10, 1st Eilish Hennessy, under-12, 2nd Emily Walsh. under-14 1st Aoibheann O’Connor, The Weir and VHC Mairin Hennessy. In the senior girls under-18, 1st Caoimhe Joyce, Talbot’s Inch and 3rd Niamh Lowe. In the senior boys Ryan Bolger, Danesfort was pipped at the post into 2nd place.
In the violin competition, Adrienne King, Jenkinstown won the Waterford Glass Bowl for the best performance and the most promising player. In the piano competition, Sean Grace, Cuffesgrange won the under-16 piano solo and won a second trophy for the best pianist of the festival.
In the Thomas Moore Singing Competition, Kilkenny Academy students won three of the four prizes including the ‘Rafter Dempsy’ cup and the ‘Kytelers Inn’ senior bursary of €500. Primary schools section, 2nd, 3rd and 4th class: 1st Eilish Hennessy, Tullaroan and 5th and 6th class, 2nd Mairin Hennessy. In the secondary school section, Junior Cert for the ‘Rafter Dempsy Cup’: 1st Emily Walsh Lisdowney and 2nd Jessica Tallis Tullaroan. Leaving Cert section and winner of the Kyteler’s Inn Bursary 1st Caoimhe Joyce Talbot’s inch, VHC Ryan Bolger and Niamh Lowe. Kilkenny Academy of Music also awarded a scholarship to a student of Scoil Mhuire, Johnstown, Stacy Dunne.
In the Feis Ceoil in the RDS in Dublin, Kilkenny Academy of Music student Dearbhla Collins won three competitions and Caoimhe Joyce was second in the Girls under-18 vocal solo by the slimmest of margins and Adrienne King got third place in the under-11 violin solo competition.
In the Newry Feis KAM student Dearbhla Collins was runner-up in under-18 traditional solo singing. Some of the academy’s students are now in the National Children’s Choir, UCD Philharmonic Choir, the Kilkenny Arts Festival Choir and some have taken part in the recently produced new opera in Carlow, Shelter Me from the Rain.
As part of a new course starting in September in music appreciation for 3- to 8-year-olds, a junior concert was held in Kilkenny Academy of Music in June.