Societies celebrate AIMS award nods
MUSICAL societies across County Wicklow are jumping for joy this week as they secured nominations in the prestigious AIMS awards for 2016.
The shortlist was announced this week and the winners are to be revealed at a gala ball in the INEC Killarney on Saturday, June 18. Arklow’s Avonmore Musical Society was thrilled to receive three nominations for their recent production of ‘Evita’.
The show went down a storm in their home town and the AIMS adjudicators seem to agree as they nominated Leah Penston for Best Actress for her portrayal of Eva Peron and Chris Currid who played Che got the Best Male Singer nod. This is Chris’s fifth AIMS nomination. He was previously nominated for playing the Beast in Avonmore’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The hat trick of nominations came when Stephen Acton was announced on the Best Director shortlist.
Not too far away in Carnew, there were further celebrations as Carnew Musical Society also received a nomination for Ellie Willoughby as Best Female Singer for her role as Sally Smith in their production of ‘Me & My Girl’.
The Carnew group was doubly thrilled to learn that Bill Stafford received a nomination for Best Actor.
In the north of the county Bray Musical Society received nomination for Best Ensemble for ‘One of the Boys’ from their production of ‘9 to 5’.
Bray Musical Society also nominated Paula Gregan for the Mary Kelly Award.
This season saw 90 shows adjudicated by Peter Kennedy (Gilbert) and Greg Currid (Sullivan), right across the breadth of Ireland.
As the AIMS nominations were announced, there was also good news for those who took part in this year’s AIMS Choral Festival in New Ross.
Once again, Wicklow wasn’t short of talent as a number of awards were taken home to the Garden County. The Arklow-based Penston Vocal Academy took first place in the Senior Chorus section and also was highly commended in Junior Chorus.
Wicklow Male Voice Choir took the overall male choir award while Carnew Musical Society took first place in the Musical Cameo confined to AIMS. Bray Musical Society took first place in the Light Touch category and second place in the Disney Music section. The future of Wicklow business will be proudly on display next Tuesday as the county’s junior entrepreneurs put their work on display.
After months and months of working on their various projects, six national schools from around the county will be sharing their projects with the wider world from 10 a.m. until noon at the Wicklow County Showcase day in Roundwood Parish Hall.
On Tuesday, pupils from Kilcoole Primary School will be showcasing their project ‘Bandz for Handz’; Gaelscoil na Lochanna in Blessington will be displaying ‘Siopa na Lochanna – The Real Thing’; Glebe NS from Wicklow town will be showing off their ‘Sweet Treats’; St Saviours NS in Rathdrum will be introducing people to their ‘Handmade Plaited Candles’; and Greystones will be represented on the double, with St Laurence’s hoping to tempt the tastebuds with their ‘Smoothie Recipe Book’ and the town’s Education Together hoping to catch people’s eye with ‘ The Random Rainbow’.
The showcase is open to everyone and the public is welcome to come along and see the children’s wonderful projects from 10 a.m. to noon in Roundwood Parish Hall next Tuesday, May 31.
The Junior Entrepreneur Programme is a ten to 16 week not-for-profit programme which opens the minds of primary school pupil to the joy of entrepreneurship at a time when they are full of imagination and open to new possibilities.
The programme is supported in County Wicklow by Manor Kilbride resident Bill Walsh of Aspire Technology.
Avonmore Musical Society celebrates the AIMS nominations news.