Chloe Phelan (13), Leanne Patterson (10), Emma Clancy (11) and Grace Healy (11) at this year's Kilkenny Music Festival Photo: Pat Moore.
The Kilkenny Music Festival 2019 will run from March 4 to 10 at various venues around Kilkenny city.
It will be the 21st annual festival, which has grown over the years to a seven day event. Last year, it had entries from Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Offaly, Dublin and Cork.
Originally set up to commemorate the wonderful work of Fr Con Sherin, who contributed so much to the musical life of Kilkenny, the festival now has over 100 competitions in strings, wind, brass, piano, vocal solo and choral competitions.
The competitions are divided into age groups, from under-9 up to Leaving Cert age groups.
In 2019, the organising committee will introduce some new competitions in solo verse, dramatic solo and public speaking.
The main aim of the festival is to provide a platform for talented instrumentalists, choirs and individuals, while enhancing the standards of performance.
Over the years, the adjudicators have commended the virtuosity of the performances, with many winners going on to success in national and international events.
The festival is run by a small, dedicated group of volunteers, who work to promote confidence and social awareness among our youth.
They thanked the parents, teachers, schools and especially the competitors who enter the festival every year and sponsors, Kilkenny County Council, Taxback, Meubles, St Canice’s Credit Union and Bank of Ireland.
Closing date for entries is January 18, with more details on the Facebook page.