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Article recently published in The Musical Times by Dr Kevin O’Connell

Dr Kevin O'ConnellCheck out the latest edition of The Musical Times in the library. The Spring 2014 issue contains an article by RIAM composition teacher, Dr. Kevin O’Connell.

The article focuses on Alban Berg’s Orchestral pieces Op. 6, and challenges the assumption that they remain intractably complex, even 100 years after their composition. Noting the presence of clearly demarcated main and subsidiary themes throughout he writes: “This Ariadne’s thread … makes listening to op. 6 surprisingly straightforward, at any rate melodically. In plain language, there is always a tune to hang on.”

Kevin O’Connell, ‘Why is Berg’s op. 6 still so difficult to understand’, Musical Times, 155 (1926), 35-54

ms of berg's op. 6

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Academy Chamber Ensemble on Concert Tour in China!

ACE China 2014The Academy Chamber Ensemble (ACE) is about to commence a concert tour of China which is being supported by Culture Ireland.

During the tour ACE will perform  music by JS Bach, Beethoven, Handel/Halvorsen, Wallace, Messager, Messiaen, Poulenc, Piazzolla and Benoit Granier.


Details of Concerts are as follows:

Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 2.30 pm
YK Pao School

Presented in association with YK Pao School


Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 6.30 pm
Fudan University, 220 Handan Road, Yangpu, Shanghai

Presented in association with the Irish Consulate, Shanghai


ACE Tsinghua Poster 2014Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 7.00 pm
Meng Minwei Concert Hall, Tsinghua University, Haidan District, Beijing

Presented in association with the Irish Embassy, Beijing and Tsinghua University





Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 8.00 pm
Room 701 Central Conservatory of Music, 43 Baojia Road, Xicheng District, Beijing

Presented in association with Central Conservatory of Music


Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at 6.00 pm
Intercontinental Hotel, Chongqing, 101 Minzu Road, Chongqing 400010

Presented in association with the Intercontinental Hotel, Chongqing


All concerts supported by Culure IrelandCulture Ireland logo

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Tuned In – A Workshop for Singing Teachers

Sylvia O'ReganThis exciting course will be conducted by Sylvia O’Regan, Head of Vocal Studies.  Teachers will find this workshop a positive and inspiring step on their path of continuing professional development!

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 11th April, 2014.

Workshop Details


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Winner of Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Awards Announced

Eliza PuchianuFinal year Bachelor student, Eliza Puchianu, is this year’s recipient of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Awards.

Three students representing the cream of Piano talent from the Republic of Ireland’s conservatoires were selected to perform at the finals of the 2014 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Awards on Tuesday 11th February at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

All finalists performed on Yamaha’s acclaimed CFX concert grand piano, which is an increasingly regular feature on concert platforms the world over, and had their performances, each of thirty minutes duration, judged by a panel of world-class artists and tutors.

Eliza received €2000 to assist the furthering of her studies and musical ambitions.

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BEETHOVEN BOOTCAMP with acclaimed pianist JOHN O’CONOR

Beethoven Bootcamp June 2014The RIAM is delighted to present the Beethoven Bootcamp Summer Course with acclaimed pianist JOHN O’CONOR


Venue: Royal Irish Academy of Music, Westland Row, Dublin 2, Ireland

Dates: June 16th to 27th 2014

Tuition Fee: €1,000 for the two week course

Accommodation: If required, private guest accommodation will be sourced by the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Practice Facilities: Excellent, extensive practice facilities at the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Application Form and further details of Beethoven Boot Camp available from Beethoven Boot Camp


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Riverdance and Trinity College Dublin to offer unique International Summer School to Celebrate 20 Years of Groundbreaking Show


The Riverdance – Trinity International Summer School
to mark 20 Years of the Show

Marking its 20th anniversary, the internationally acclaimed Irish performance, Riverdance, has joined forces with Ireland’s leading university, Trinity College Dublin to announce ‘The Riverdance-Trinity International Summer School’.

Participants will travel to Trinity from all over the world to learn from special guest tutors on aspects of the performance, choreography and the Irish cultural context. They will also examine the development of the music from its ethnic roots through to its Grammy Award-winning success. The international summer school will be hosted by Trinity’s School of Drama, Film and Music, The Lir − Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

“This is an innovative coming together of culture and higher education, where international participants will gain insight into the award winning performance that has contributed to the re-shaping of Irish cultural heritage. Trinity is delighted to host the international summer school, where our global participants will be provided with a deep understanding of one of Ireland’s great success stories and cultural milestones,” said Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity.

The summer school’s seminars and workshops will provide the theatrical, historical, social and cultural contexts of Riverdance, its emergence from the Eurovision Song Contest where it was first performed in 1994 to its global success. It will also provide an overview of the use of popular culture in the construction of a national success narrative for Ireland. Seminars will include guest speakers such as the show’s producer, Moya Doherty and director, John McColgan, costume and set designers Joan Bergin and Robert Ballagh, and Professor of Drama and Theatre at Trinity, Brian Singleton.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music will host the musical component of the summer school, including a master class with Riverdance score composer, Bill Whelan, as well as practical workshops with the show’s percussionists who will explore the relationship between the rhythm of music and the rhythm of dance.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Trinity, Ireland’s auspicious seat of learning and the leading cultural institutions, The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, in this summer school. Twenty years on, the journey that is Riverdance continues, and with the aid of our prestigious collaborators we hope to share some of the knowledge that we have gathered along the way with our international participants,” said Moya Doherty, Riverdance producer.

The Riverdance – Trinity International Summer School will take place in August 11th-22nd, 2014 and prospective participants are currently being invited to apply. There are 45 places available. Application details are available on The Lir website.



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Royal Irish Academy of Music Student Wins Major International Piano Competition

Soo JungSoo Jung Ann, a piano student of the Royal Irish Academy of Music has brought honour to Ireland on December 14th following her win at the prestigious International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn. The Korean pianist, a student of John O’Conor and Therese Fahy at the Royal Irish Academy of Music since 2007, performed Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto before a distinguished audience at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, the city of Beethoven’s birth. Soo Jung Ann was one of three finalists vying for the coveted First Prize title, a prize of €30,000 and significant performance engagements worldwide.

The bi-annual International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn was founded in 2005. Almost 100 pianists applied to take part in the 2013 Competition with 28 young virtuosi from 12 countries around the world selected to participate. Soo Jung Ann and fellow finalists, Stefan Cassomenos (Australia) and Shinnosuke Inugai (Japan), performed this evening with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn under the baton of the Estonian conductor Olari Elts in the Beethovenhalle.

Speaking from Bonn, John O’Conor said “This win is a tremendous achievement for Soo Jung Ann and highlights the teaching standards at the RIAM which is increasing its prestige worldwide every year.” Soo-Jung Ann has previously won prizes at the Dublin International Piano Competition and also at competitions in Japan and Hong Kong and in 2012 won First Prize at the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona. John O’Conor also stated: “The list of engagements to include concerts in Germany, Russia, Italy, Holland, France, Portugal, Austria and Switzerland, and the attention which this success brings will set her on the road to a wonderful career”.


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The Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin Join Forces in an Exciting New Partnership in Performing Arts Education in Ireland

RIAM to become Associated College of Trinity with the aim of developing an International Centre of Excellence in the Performing Arts

The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have entered a new partnership, fostering academic links for the benefit of performing arts education and creative arts practice in Ireland.  Building on its existing relationship with TCD, the RIAM will become an Associated College of Trinity College, with its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes validated by Trinity College.   The Provost of Trinity, Dr Prendergast and the RIAM Director Deborah Kelleher signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week.

Trinity College has a long track record in performing arts education and research at the School of Drama, Film and Music. Recent developments include the Creative Arts, Technologies and Cultures initiative, and the foundation of the Lir, the National Academy of Dramatic Art and the Music Composition Centre.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music’s history of success in music performance education spans over 160 years.  Today, by providing instrumental and vocal tuition of the highest international standard, the RIAM holds a central place in the promotion of Ireland’s cultural and educational agenda.

TCD RIAM Memorandum of Understanding

Brian Aylward, RIAM, Deborah Kelleher, RIAM, TCD Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast and Prof Michael Marsh, TCD.

Commenting on its significance, Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast said: “Building on each institution’s expertise, together we aim to develop an internationally renowned centre of excellence in the performing arts.  Linking research to practice and focusing on the interface between innovation and tradition are key values that Trinity and the RIAM share.  This collaboration will specifically concentrate on the future education and training of performing arts students, the performance of new music compositions as well as the enhancement of teacher music education.“

RIAM Director, Deborah Kelleher welcomed the new partnership stating: “By maximising collaborative creativity and resources, as well as the education and artistic strengths of both institutions, we are confident that we can develop a dynamic and thriving partnership which will foster and nurture outstanding twenty-first century musicians.”

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Easter Leaving Cert Music Revision Course

Doing Leaving Cert Music in 2018?

Can’t tell your Aria from your Recitative?

Tormented by Tchaikovsky and baffled by Barry?

Why not come to our two-day revision course held in the RIAM? Let our Leaving Cert expert and award-winning lecturer, Kim Fallen Bailey, reveal the mysteries of the Composition and Listening papers, including set works, unprepared listening test, Irish music, melody writing, and harmony and counterpoint. You will also get a detailed revision handbook, lots of information, advice, exam hints, and plenty of supportive discussion. It’s intensive, but definitely worth it!

Dates: Tuesday, 3rd April – Wednesday 4th April, 2018

Times: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Venue: Royal Irish Academy of Music

Instructor: Kim Fallen Bailey



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Financial Assistance for Part-Time Tuition in 2018/19

We welcome applications for financial assistance from families of current part-time students at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

If you wish to apply, please read the Guidelines, complete the Tuition Fee Assistance Application Form, and return it to the RIAM on or before June 1st 2018.

For further information please contact generaloffice@riam.ie .

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The Musicianship Clinic

new riam logoA New Music Theory Course at RIAM

The RIAM is delighted to introduce a new Musicianship Clinic, a pilot scheme that will run in the Royal Irish Academy of Music from January for 8 weeks (see dates below).

Musicianship is important: it provides the skills to engage with music meaningfully while making the learning process enjoyable. The RIAM and Local Centre are keen to nurture these skills and have introduced this clinic with the aim of rolling out workshops tailored to the musicianship needs of Local Centre teachers around the country.

Gráinne Deery, who will provide an overview of the grades, explore their content and requirements, as well as strategies, where appropriate, for learning, will lead the clinic. She will also use past papers from the Local Centre Theory & Harmony exams relevant to the session as a route into musicianship and addressing any needs as they arise. There is no coursework required and two past exam papers for the relevant grade will be supplied as part of the clinic. A special offer on the RIAM Theory Workout books (3 books for the price of 2) from preparatory to grade 8 will also be available.

You can sign up for a specific week, a selection of weeks, or for all weeks as best suits your needs. Places are limited to 20. It is open to current and aspiring teachers and/or students.


General queries

Is this clinic for me?

Why should I attend this clinic?

Do I need to be a teacher?

Do I need to be able to read music?

Where is the senior certificate grade?


Course Content

Preparatory and Grade I
Note names, values, and rests; time signatures, bar lines, treble and bass clefs; writing and naming notes, tones and semitones; C and G major scales; adding notes to solfa; and observation.

Grade II and Grade III
Writing and naming notes and values; grouping and rewriting melodies; adding rests and notes, bar lines; time signatures and descriptions of time signatures; scales of C, G, D, F B♭ major, A, E, and D minor; tonic triads, tones and semitones; transcribing melodies; intervals; completing a melody; rewriting melodies in double and half values; and observation.

Grade IV
Major scales up to four sharps and four flats, and minor scales up to two sharps and flats; grouping of rests and notes in simple and compound time, triplets included; major and minor, and perfect intervals; major and minor triads; completing a melody, observation and terminology.

Grade V
Keeping the rhythmic effect; grouping; adding rhythm to words; transcribing with the alto clef; major scales up to five sharps and flats, and minor scales up to four sharps and flats, chromatic scales also; intervals including major, minor, perfect, augmented, and diminished; enharmonics; transposition; completing an 8-bar melody; technical names; simple and compound time; observation; instruments of the orchestra.

Grade VI
Major scales up to seven sharps and flats, minor scales up to five sharps and flats; tenor stave; open and closed score; transposing and transcribing; primary triads, inversions, melody writing and setting a rhythm to words; major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads; irregular time signatures, instruments; the Baroque era.

Grade VII
Melody writing including modulating; setting a text to music; compound intervals; transposing including treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs; cadences; harmonic analysis; completing cadences for SATB; adding roman numerals and a melody to a given bass; the Classical era.

Grade VIII
16-bar melody and setting a text to music; harmonic analysis; score reading.

Adding alto and tenor voices to a harmonisation; counterpoint; adding bass and roman numerals to a given melody; the Romantic era.


The Musicianship Clinic – timetable and price scheme


About Gráinne Deery MMus, BMusEd, HDip, GRIAM, ARIAM

Gráinne Deery holds a dual appointment as Lecturer in Musicianship at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Lecturer in Music Education at the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education at Maynooth University. As a passionate advocate of music education and key contributor to the development of music education in Ireland, Gráinne was a central figure in the recent development of the new and innovative DipRIAM, an instrumental teaching Diploma focusing on the teaching and learning environment. Gráinne recently served as a committee member of the Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI) and the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA). In addition, Gráinne held the position of Chair of the Irish branch of EPTA 2009–2013 during which time she founded and directed the EPTA Ireland Piano Competition.

Gráinne holds a Masters in Music Performance (University of Leeds), and a Bachelor in Music Education (Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music). In addition, she holds a Higher Diploma in Music Teaching, Graduate and Associate Diplomas in Piano Teaching and was awarded a Commendation for Excellence in Teaching by Trinity College Dublin. As a prizewinner and scholarship recipient Gráinne also continues to be active as a pianist, adjudicator, and piano/keyboard harmony teacher.


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Defne Gultoprak wins inaugural Ursula Uí Chuinneagáin Bursary for Pianists

Defne Gultoprak

We send our congratulations to young pianist Defne Gultoprak, who was the inaugural winner of the Ursula Uí Chuinneagáin Bursary.

Defne, pictured here with the guest of honour, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan, is a student of Professor Thérèse Fahy.

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Local Centre Online Examination Applications Now Open for Business!

new riam logoOnline Applications for Local Centre Examinations Easter 2018 are now being accepted.

Please register or log in with your username and password at RIAM Extranet

or go to the Online Services section of this website.

The closing date is Thursday 18th January 2018.


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RIAM/NGI International Visiting Artists Series

Xuefei Yang with GuitaRIAM

Chinese guitar sensation Xuefei Yang with Royal Irish Academy of Music guitarists Katie Neville (22, Maynooth) and Nathan Ó Maoilearca (18, Dublin 8) at a photocall announcing a new concert series, the RIAM/NGI International Visiting Artists Series at the National Gallery of Ireland. The series opens on December 7th with Sir James Galway. PHOTO: Mark Stedman


The Royal Irish Academy of Music partners with the National Gallery of Ireland to present the inaugural RIAM/NGI International Visiting Artists Series, a joyful and diverse new programme featuring musicians of world renown. The four-concert series takes place over six months (between December 2017 and May 2018) in The Shaw Room of the National Gallery of Ireland, and features such household names as Sir James Galway (Thursday, December 7th) and pianist John O’Conor (Sunday, February 18th), as well as Chinese guitar sensation, Xuefei Yang (Sunday, February 4th) and charismatic violinist, Daniel Rowland (Sunday, May 20th). All four artists are members of the RIAM’s impressive roster of International Visiting Artists who pay regular visits to the Academy to work with the next generation of musicians.

Speaking about the partnership, Deborah Kelleher, Director, Royal Irish Academy of Music said: “We’re delighted to collaborate once again with our neighbours, the National Gallery of Ireland, in the provision of high calibre live music in Dublin. The magnificently restored Shaw Room provides the perfect backdrop for our wonderful new series, which will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to Dublin’s musical calendar. We value the experience which hosting these International Visiting Artists brings to staff and students of the Academy, and the pleasure these artists give audiences through their exceptional music-making.”

Also speaking on the renewed collaboration, Sean Rainbird, Director, National Gallery of Ireland said: “Our public has many happy memories of music performed at the National Gallery of Ireland. Performers often comment on the lovely acoustics of the Shaw Room. Following the reopening of the historic wings, I am delighted we are collaborating again with the RIAM on a series of concerts, which are sure to be as memorable as those in the past.”

Globally renowned flautist, Sir James Galway, opens the inaugural RIAM/NGI International Visiting Artists Series, in his own inimitable style with a feast of flute playing with members of the RIAM’s distinguished Teaching Staff, and his partner in life and music, Lady Jeanne Galway. Regarded as the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer, Sir James Galway’s appeal crosses all musical boundaries. His concert on Thursday, December 7th is bound to be a musical highlight.

Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang is one of the few guitarists whose artistry connects with audiences far beyond the guitar fraternity. An exceptional artist, she is recognised as one of the world’s greatest advocates of the guitar, performing frequently with the world’s leading orchestras and collaborating with such distinguished artists as Ian Bostridge, Rosalind Plowright and Sir James Galway. On this special occasion, Xuefei Yang collaborates with the vibrant 20-strong GuitaRIAM in a programme that celebrates the richness of her instrument on Sunday, February 4th.

Described as “A pianist of unbounding sensitivity” (Gramophone), John O’Conor has garnered great critical acclaim for his masterly playing for over 40 years. His unanimous First Prize at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 opened the door to a career that has brought him all around the world. One of Ireland’s finest musical ambassadors, for his concert in this series on Sunday, February 18th, he collaborates with members of the Academy Chamber Ensemble – Fionnuala Hunt, Sebastian Liebig, Simon Aspell and Christopher Marwood – in a concert of chamber music greats by Dvořák and Beethoven.

The inaugural RIAM/NGI International Visiting Artists Series comes to a spirited conclusion on Sunday, May 20th with the charismatic violinist Daniel Rowland, hailed as a highly versatile and adventurous artist on the international music scene. A passionate chamber musician, he has performed with artists as diverse as Ivry Gitlis, Heinz Holliger, Gilles Apap, Marcelo Nisinman, Martin Fröst, Elvis Costello and Lars Vogt. Daniel joins forces with the stylish and vibrant RIAM Chamber Orchestra for a performance of the perennially popular Four Seasons by Vivaldi, alongside Piazzolla’s tango-inspired The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. An energetic and enjoyable way to end this first series.

RIAM/NGI International Visiting Artists Series

Thursday 7 December 2017 / 6.30 pm

Sir James Galway, flute
Lady Jeanne Galway, flute
Dearbhla Brosnan, piano
William Dowdall, flute
Susan Doyle, Ríona Ó Duinnín and Vourneen Ryan, flute
Ailbhe McDonagh, cello

Haydn: Trio No 1 C major for Two Flutes and Cello Hob IV:1 London
Boismortier: Concerto for Five Flutes in G Major, op 15, no 1
Gaubert: Sonata No 3
Morlacchi: Il Pastore Svizzero
Doppler Andante and Rondo, op 25


Sunday 4 February 2018 / 3.00 pm

Roland Dyens: Concert en Si
Xuefei Yang, guitar

Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Roland Dyens: April Song and Austin Tango
Vincent Lindsey Clark: Pulsar
William Kanengiiser: Carmen Suite


Sunday 18 February / 3.00 pm

John O’Conor, piano
Fionnuala Hunt and Sebastian Liebig, violins
Simon Aspell, viola
Christopher Marwood, cello

Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, op 24, Spring
Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, op 81


Sunday 20 May 2018 / 3.00 pm

RIAM Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Rowland, director

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Venue (four concerts): The Shaw Room, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Admission: €20 / €15 / €10 per concert
Tickets: Events at www.riam.ie


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RIAM Asia Auditions 2018 – Seho Lee

RIAM Asia Auditions

Seoul, South Korea

Auditions will take place at the end of August 2018

For more information, please contact Seho Lee: seholee@riam.ie

See below for more details

Seho Lee was recently invited to be on the jury of one of biggest singing competitions in China, the ‘High C Chinese Tenor and Soprano Competition’.

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RIAM Student hits top note for €5,000 prize at Classical Music Awards

Killian White award winnerKillian White, a sixth-year student at Wesley College, Ballinteer, Dublin, is the winner of the 2017 Frank Maher Classical Music Awards sponsored by Top Security.

It is Ireland’s largest classical music competition for secondary schools. 37 high calibre entries were received this year and whittled down to seven finalists Dublin and Cork schools who competed at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin to win the top prize of €5,000 to develop their musical career.

17-year old Killian, who plays the cello, performed two pieces: Après un Rêve Opus 7, no 1 by Gabriel Fauré and ‘Moses’ Variations on One String’ by Niccolo Paganini. He was accompanied by Seho Lee.

A delighted Killian said, “I hope to audition for the Conservatoire Nationale de Paris early next year and I will use my prize money to go towards my fees and travel costs if I am successful.”

The Awards were created in 2001 by Emmet O’Rafferty, chairman of the Top Security Group, to honour the memory of his late teacher, Fr Frank Maher, who taught music at Castleknock College, his old school. Their aim is to showcase outstanding young musical talent in Ireland and are open to sixth year post-primary students of strings, woodwind, brass and piano. The €5,000 top prize must be used to attend a recognised place of tuition, a course of study in Ireland or abroad or on a purchase necessary for the development of their talent.
Previous winners have gone on to attend some of the world’s most prominent music colleges, which includes Shenandoah University of Virginia, Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Kronberg Academy in Germany, the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London to name a few.

Emmet O’Rafferty, chairman of the Top Security Group, said “The Frank Maher Classical Music Awards are unique in that they are solely for sixth year students, many of whom are on the cusp of a potential career in classical music. I am delighted to welcome Killian White, our 2017 winner, to the ever-growing line of incredible young talents who have won the Award and gone on to further acclaim. I wish him the very best in his future career.”

Aidan Chan, the 2017 winner who is now studying at the Royal College of Music in London, returned to perform two pieces by Chopin for the audience. They were Étude Opus 10 no 3 “Tristesse” and Ballade no3, Opus 47.

The six finalists each received a €250 bursary. They were:

Fiachra de Hora (18), The High School, Rathgar, Dublin (Viola)
Antonia Huang (17), Mount Anville, Goatstown, Dublin (Piano)
Martina O’Connell (18), Wesley College, Ballinteer, Dublin (Flute)
Rachel O’Hara (17), Holy Child, Killiney, Dublin (Piano)
Zoe Nagle (17), Bruce College, St. Patrick’s Hill, Cork (Cello)
Emily Crowley (17), St Angela’s College, Patrick’s Hill, Cork (Piano)

The judging panel was Dr Gerard Gillen (Chair), Emeritus Professor of Music at NUI Maynooth, Dr Kerry Houston, Head of Academic Studies at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and internationally acclaimed classical pianist, Veronica McSwiney.


Killian White wins Frank Maher Classical Music Awards 2017

Emmet O’Rafferty, chairman of the Top Security Group, the sponsor of the 2017 Frank Maher Classical Music Awards for secondary schools, pictured with the finalists and winner: l/r Rachel O’Hara (17), Holy Child, Killiney; Winner Killian White (17), Wesley College, Ballinteer; Martina O’Connell (18), Wesley College; Antonia Huang (17), Mount Anville, Goatstown; Zoe Nagle (17), Bruce College, St. Patrick’s Hill, Cork; Fiachra de Hora (18), The High School, Rathgar, Dublin and Emily Crowley (17), St Angela’s College, Patrick’s Hill, Cork.

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Clodagh Kinsella wins Irené Sandford Singing Competition

Clodagh KinsellaCongratulations go to Masters student Clodagh Kinsella, who was awarded first place in RIAM’s Irené Sandford Singing Competition.

The annual award was donated by Mr Billy Reid in memory of his wife and former Head of Singing at the RIAM, Irené Sandford.

First prize carries a bursary award of €2,000.

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RIAM Flute Student takes top award

Amy Gillen, a 4th year Bachelor student at the RIAM, was awarded the Gaiety Bursary by the Royal Irish Academy of Music to attend the Sir James Galway Flute Festival 2017, in Weggis, Swizterland.

She was subsequently awarded the Sir James Galway Rising Star Award, chosen by Sir James, and a 14K Gold Nagahara Head Joint at the Festival.

As part of the Rising Star Award, Amy will give a recital at next year’s Galway Flute Festival, Switzerland.


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