HIGH NOTES: KILCOOLE MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL IS OFF TO A FLY­ING START

Wicklow People - - FRONT PAGE -

KILCOOLE Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is un­der way in the vil­lage, with mu­si­cians com­ing from all over the re­gion to par­tic­i­pate.

This is the 62nd an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val, with com­pe­ti­tions tak­ing place over two week­ends at St Patrick’s Hall and Co­laiste Craobh Ab­hann.

This is one of the old­est and most renowned Mu­sic Fes­ti­vals in the coun­try.

Since its in­cep­tion back in 1955 by the District Nurse at the time, Mary Kieran, the fes­ti­val has grown from a half day of com­pe­ti­tions to its present day for­mat with six days of com­pe­ti­tions in vo­cal, choral, in­stru­men­tal and orches­tral mu­sic and speech and drama also.

The aim of the Kilcoole Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is to pro­vide a plat­form for chil­dren and adults to per­form in pub­lic. The Fes­ti­val boasts per­for­mances of a very high stan­dard and at­tracts some of the most highly qual­i­fied ad­ju­di­ca­tors in the coun­try along with ex­tremely tal­ented com­peti­tors, both lo­cal and na­tional.

The com­ing week­end’s com­pe­ti­tions will in­clude vi­olin, recorder, piano, gui­tar and singing cat­e­gories, choral cat­e­gories, and more.

The ad­ju­di­ca­tors are Pro­fes­sor Rea­monn Keary, Ni­amh Mur­ray, Sarah Bradley, and Dr An­nette Cleary.

Fes­ti­val ac­com­pa­nists are San­dra Ganly and Eve­lyn Hearns.

The com­peti­tors in the Corn na Leanaí for Ir­ish solo singing un­der eight.

Ad­ju­di­ca­tor Ni­amh Mur­ray with the win­ner of the Corn Na Leanaí for Ir­ish solo un­der eight, Ce­cilia Hen­der­son, Daniel Pan (sec­ond place) and Ri­ain Shan­non (third place).

Amy Led­widge, who came sec­ond in the Acorn Cup, with her brother Eoin.

Cal­lum Gil­martin, who came sec­ond in the Hawthorn Cup for verse speak­ing, and his brother Ryan.

Blaithín Keat­ing and Rose Wat­son, who were both highly com­mended in the un­der seven verse speak­ing.

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