THE 14th Kilkenny Music Festival took place over five days and three different venues in Kilkenny last week. Beginning on March 7 and running until the 11th, over seventy cups and trophies were awarded for choral, vocal solo and instrumental performances by competitors from Kilkenny, Carlow, Laois, Waterford and Wexford.
The festival committee and a dedicated team of volunteers were joined by the hard working Fesitval accompanists: Muireann Carroll and Cathy Kenny, and by the Festival’s adjudicators: Michael Lynch (Brass and Woodwind competitions), Robert Mahon (String and Chamber music competitions), John O’Brien (Choral and Vocal competitions) and Andrew Synott (Piano competitions). Many thanks are also due to the CBS secondary school, St. Canice’s N.S. and Kilkenny College, who acted as competition venues for the duration of the Festival, and without whose warm welcome and support the festival would have been impossible.
During the performances by the thousands of school children, students and adults participating this year the adjudicators have nominated several competitors to take place in the final Gala concert. Unfortunately not all prize winners could be chosen but those who are could be awarded some of the Festival’s most prestigious prizes: the Rev. C.J. Sherin Perpetual Trophy for the most outstanding Choir in the festival with the Kilkenny Music Festival/Statestreet Bursary, the Rev. C.J. Sherin Perpetual Trophy for the most Outstanding Individual in the festival with the Meubles Bursary, the Millennium Cup for the adjudicator’s choice of most entertaining performance, the Canon Brennan Memorial cup for emerging talent with a Kilkenny Music Festival Bursary and the Kilkenny Music Festival Bursary award presented by the Kilkenny Music Festival Committee to enable further musical study. The Gala Concert will take place on the 21st of March in the Set Theatre at Langton’s on John Street at 7.30pm (tickets available on the door). For any queries about the Gala Concert or the Festival itself please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring (086)3569745. Kilkenny Music Festival would like to thank all its sponsors including St. Canice’s Credit Union, Meubles, Statestreet and Kilkenny Borough Council. Without their support the Festival could not continue.
Dr Arthur Colohan Cup- Open Adult Choral: 1st: In Caelo 2nd: Enniscorthy Choral Society Commended: Sonas Chamber Choir; Clara Parish Shield- Sacred Adult Choral-1st: Enniscorthy Choral Society 2nd: Sonas Chamber Choir; Michael McGrath Memorial Cup- Sacred Music Church Choir-1st: Paulstown/Goresbridge Church Choir 2nd: St. Senan’s Parish Church Choir Commended: Black Abbey Choir. Ann P. Smithwick Cup- Post-Primary Choral- 1st: Kilkenny College Senior Choir 2nd: CBS Senior Choir Joint 3rd: Loreto/St. Kieran’s Senior Choir, Heywood C.S. Commended: Kilkenny College Chamber Choir, Loreto Secondary 4th year Choir. Marie Fitzpatrick Trophy- Junior Sacred Music Choral-1st: CBS 5th Year choir 2nd: Cór Colaiste Pobail Ósraí 3rd: Loreto 2nd Year Choir. Eddie Gray Memorial Cup-Post-Primary Sacred Music Choir- 1st: Castlecomer Community School Joint 2nd: Kilkenny College Chamber Choir, Kilkenny College Senior Choir. Club House Shield-Post-Primary Unison Choir- 1st: Kilkenny College 1st Form Girls Choir 2nd: CBS 1st year Choir. Meubles Cup-Post-Primary Junior Choral- 1st: Cór Colaiste Pobal Ósraí 2nd: Castlecomer Community School Choir 3rd: CBS 5th Year Choir Commended: CBS Transition Year Choir. The Rev. Fr. Donal Kelly Cup- Post-Primary Chamber Choir- 1st: CBS 6th Year Chamber Choir 2nd: Kilkenny College Chamber Choir. The Little Larks Cup- Junior Primary School Choral-1st: St.Canice’s 1st Class Choir 2nd: Church Hill N.S.
Competition 12- Soroptimist Kilkenny City & County Shield- Primary School Choral Open: 1st Cór na Scoile, Gaelscoil Osraí 2nd: Church Hill N.S. Commended: St. John’s Junior School. Brennan Family Cup- Primary Schools Sacred Music Choirs-1st: Coon National School Choir 2nd: Cór na Scoile, Gaelscoil Osraí
Competition 14-Eamon O’ Keeffe Memorial Cup- 2nd, 3rd & 4th class Primary School Choirs: 1st: St. Canice’s 2nd and 3rd Class Choir. Edward Logue Memorial Shield- Primary Schools with 5 or less teachers (Choral): 1st: Danesfort Primary School 2nd: Coon National School Choir. Corn Connradh na Gaeilge- Cóir Bhunscoile, ranga a 5 agus 6: 1st: Cór na Scoile, Gaelscoil Osraí. Thomas Little Memorial Cup- School/Youth Choirs Under 14 years: Joint 1st: Church Hill N.S. 2nd: St. Canice’s 2nd and 3rd Class Choir Commended: Cór na Scoile Gaelscoil Osraí, Kilkenny Junior Choir. The Hackett Cup- Junior Boys Vocal Solo- 1st: Colin Dempsey 2nd: Diarmuid Coffey 3rd: Joseph Stanley. Teresa Ann Murphy Memorial Cup- Boys Changed Voices- 1st: Terence Christle 2nd: Cailean Coffey 3rd: Conor Brassil. Cantabile Gold Medal- Junior Girl’s Vocal Solo (2nd & 3rd)- 1st: Sophia O’Shea 2nd Saidhbhín Reid 3rd Kayleigh Moran Commended: Emma Crosby, Caoimhe Mason, Leona O’Grady. An tÁmhranaí Óg Perpetual Cup- Senior Girl’s Vocal Solo (4th, 5th & 6th)-1st: Kiri O’Neill Joint 2nd : Kate Cullen, Andrea Snyder Commended: Áine Trait, Katie O’Neill, Annie O’Connor. The Cafe Sol Cup-Girl’s Vocal Solo (1st- 3rd years)- 1st: Meghan O’Sullivan 2nd: Molly Sterling 3rd: Deirdre Stacey Commended: Holly Dagg, Alex McClure, Jessica Tallis, Aoibheann O’Connor, Lauren Thomas. The Margaret Tynan Memorial Cup- Senior Girl’s Vocal Solo (4th-6th year)- 1st: Caoimhe Joyce 2nd: Siobhán McClean Commended: Kendra Kiersey, Tessa Stokes, Aoife Harte, Sarah Lutterel. The Wine Centre Cup- Piano U-10-1st: Liam Smyth 2nd: Julianne Bergin Commended: Brian Byrne, Marika Sheridan. Sr Venard O’Flanagan Cup- Piano U-12- 1st: Emma Bergin 2nd: Lucy Kirby Commended: Anna Walsh. Bank of Ireland Cup- Piano U-14- 1st: Jenna Raggett 2nd Place: Gráinne Behan 3rd Place: Julie Anne Dunphy Commended: Megan Cashin, Sarah O’Brien, Diarmuid Coffey, Dáire Pryal, Charlotte Huston. Francis Kearney Trophy-1st: Tom Jackson 2nd: Cathal O’Dwyer O’Brien 3rd: Ailbhe Kehoe. Warner O’ Neill Memorial Cup- Senior Piano- 2nd: Roisín Whelan. Kathleen Armstrong-Doyle Memorial Cup- Piano Duet U-10: 1st: Sadhbh and Síofra Ní Chasaide 2nd: Maeve Conroy and Ellie Peters Commended: Karl Kirby and Sophie Kirby. John Coyle Memorial Cup- Piano Duet U-12: 1st: Sarah Cudmore and Ruth Delahunty 2nd: Ciara McPhilips and Bronagh Doheny. Brigid Gray Memorial cup- Piano Duet U-14: 1st: Meghan Rudkins and Jack Connolly 2nd Katie Kirby and Lucy Kirby 3rd: Sarah McPhilips and Orla O’Sullivan
Competition 34- Sarah Connolly Memorial Cup- Piano Duet U-16: 1st: Elizabeth and Marie-Therese Boland 2nd: Erin Walsh and Eadaoin Doheny. Mary O’Carroll Memorial Cup- Senior Piano Duet: 1st: Fabian and Aoife Jacob 2nd: Aoife Kavanagh and Roisín Whelan
Competition 36-The Credit Union Cup- Junior Piano Recital: 1st: Tom Jackson 2nd: Eva Phelan Commended: Sarah Gordon
Competition 37 -The O’Reilly Cup- Senior Piano Recital: 1st: Byrne Hacking 2nd: Jennifer Allan Commended: Aisling Douri. The Joan Smithwick Memorial Cup- Violin U-9: 1st: Daire Murray Joint 2nd: Charlie Delahunty, Lucy Bell Hogan Commended: Sophia O’Shea, Ellie Peters, Katie Wilson, Sean Keenan, Cian Farrell
Competition 39 - Sr. Celine Dempsey Cup- Violin U-11: 1st: Niamh Walsh 2nd: Dara Scobie Commended: Rory Hogan, Chloe Fitzpatrick, Polly Peters, Katie Breen, Aoibheann Smyth
Competition 40 -Thomas Delaney Memorial Cup- Violin U-13: 1st: Katie Keenan 2nd: Adrienne King Commended: Anna Walsh, Ruth Delahunty
Competition 42- Sr. De Sales Shiel Cup- Violin U-15: 1st: Thea Harte Joint 2nd: Tiernan Shaw, Clodagh Murphy Commended: Jenna Raggett, Ciara O’Connor
Competition 43- Teresa Shine Memorial Cup- Violin U-17: 1st: Conor Douris 2nd: Marie Therese Boland Commended: Amy McGourty, Muireann Brennan. -ouise Langan Memorial Cup- Viola U-10: 1st: Zac McHardy. Margaret Hassan Memorial Cup- Viola U-12: 1st: Alannah Clarke. Silvio Helfer Memorial Cup- Viola U-15: 1st: 1st: Laoise Murray 2nd: Meabh O’Reilly. St. Cecilia Cup- Junior Solo String Recital: 1st: Rebecca McCarthy Kent 2nd:Tara Browne Commended: Aaron Barry, Mary Kavanagh, Annie Rose Deegan. The Duggan Cup- Junior Chamber Music: 1st: The Rusalle Quartet 2nd: The Poco a Poco Quartet Commended: Quattro Musica, The Fiddle fingers Quartet, The Dapa Quartet. The Siobhán Dowling Cup- Senior Chamber Music: 1st: The Simply Strings Quartet 2nd: Whirlwind Commended: The Tarramino Quartet, The Blues Chamber Orchestra. The Eric De Courcy Cup- ‘Cello U-9: 1st: Georgia Shine 2nd: Ethan Laing Commended: Margaret Mary O’Brien, Naomi Trait, Harry Shine, Joan Temilayooluwa Akaehomen, Asha McHardy, Robyn Walsh, Stan Harland, Emily Laing. Sr Catherine Bowe Memorial Cup- ‘Cello U-11- 1st: David Delahunty 2nd: David Conway Commended: Ben Kavanagh, Ciara Lavelle, Niamh Moore, Annie McEvoy. Sr Marie Therese Saunders Cup-‘Cello U-13: 1st: Annie O’Connor 2nd: Leah Raggett Commended: Aideen Barry, Robert Murphy, Lauren Walsh. Herr Joseph Koss Memorial Cup- ‘Cello U-15: 1st: Elizabeth Boland Joint 2nd: Alex Lawless, Maeve Doheny Commended: Robert Murphy. Pauline Hogan Cup- ‘Cello U-17: 1st: Anna Finnegan. Liam O’Gorman Memorial Cup- Senior ‘Cello: 1st: Tara Browne 2nd: Danielle Kealy. Flute U-10: 1st: Robyn Comerford 2nd: Eva Loli. Neil Dowling Memorial Cup- Flute U-12: 1st: Brónagh Doheny 2nd: Kate Ryan Commended: Maeve McGeary, Laura Walsh, Ciara McPhilips, Jessie Oyenuga. Anna Morrisey Memorial Cup- Flute U-14: 1st: Maeve Shaw 2nd: Jenna Raggett Commended: Eleanor Walsh, Eimear Moore, Rachelle Fennelly. Bobby Kerr Memorial Cup- Flute U-16: 1st: Laura Fitzpatrick 2nd:Anna Walsh. First Active Cup- Senior Flute 1st: Brónagh Walsh. Molly Colohan Cup- Junior Wind Recital: 1st: Jana McCarthy Kent 2nd: Sarah Dooley. Sr Catherine Cody Memorial Cup- Recorder U-10: 1st: Sophia O’Shea 2nd: Aisling Mc Donald, Dermot James Delaney Commended: Ruth Branigan, Leah Bracken, Rachel Dermody, Margaret Mary O’Shea, Daire Murray, Kathy Condren, Ethan Laing. Sr Finbarr Ryan Memorial Cup- Recorder U-12: 1st: Kate O’Connor 2nd: Jack Kenny Sr Carmel Claxton Memorial Cup- Clarinet U-12: 1st: Deirdre Cadogan 2nd: Leah Raggett 3rd: Grace O’Neill Commended: Sophia O’Shea, Johnny Collins, Doireann Sloyan, Emer Cuddihy, Conor Egan, Ernan Kavanagh, Sophie Harte, Jane Cass, Alannah Kennedy, Alannah Clarke. Sr Xavier Gannon Memorial Cup- Clarinet U-14: 1st: Daire Pryal 2nd: Niall Brennan Joint 3rd: Annie O’Connor, Tadhg Brennan Commended: Edward Moylan, Sorcha Ryan. -Eddie O’ Carroll Memorial Cup- Clarinet U-16: 1st: Isobelle Jacob 2nd: Niall Brennan Commended: Dáire Pryal. Donal McDonald Trophy- Senior Clarinet: 1st: Sarah Dooley 2nd: Cathal Boland. AIB Cup- Junior Open Brass: 1st: Kirsty Moran 2nd: Eoin Halton 3rd: Evan Clarke. Kilkenny Music Festival Cup- Senior Open Brass: 1st: Hannah Miller 2nd: Muireann Brennan. Tom Manning Cup- Junior Open Saxophone U-15: 1st: Ultan Conroy. Ellen Ritter Memorial Cup-Senior Open Saxphone: 1st: Kieran White 2nd: Barry Hennessy