Mu­sic cen­tre con­cert a cel­e­bra­tion of young tal­ent

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THE Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre was the venue for Bray Mu­sic Cen­tre’s An­nual Cel­e­bra­tion of Tal­ent which has now been go­ing for 37 years. The win­ners from the BIFE Mu­sic Fes­ti­val per­formed to en­thu­si­as­tic ap­plause from the au­di­ence.

New ini­tia­tives were the Ju­nior Choir, who won the Ju­nior Ensem­ble, and the BIFE String Quar­tet with Piano, who won the se­nior Ensem­ble Cup. The quar­tet is made up of Leo MacNally, MaryAnne Ah­erne, So­phie Delaney and Ais­linn Nixon, with Freya Far­relly on piano. Both the Choir and the Ensem­ble group al­ways wel­come new mem­bers.

The fol­low­ing pi­anists won full schol­ar­ships for tu­ition in the com­ing year: Ada Ma­hon and Adam Ha­gan, who also won the Mirette Dowl­ing Piano Tro­phy. Half piano schol­ar­ships were awarded to Ilona O’Keefe, Freya Far­relly, Oisin Drury, Emer Nolan and Genevieve Kelly, who was also named Stu­dent of the Year.

For the first time, cel­lists and vi­ola play­ers were en­tered for the String schol­ar­ships. Full schol­ar­ships were awarded to Sofia Isaic and Leo MacNally, vi­o­lin, and Ais­linn Nixon, cello. Rian Dunne and Maryanne Ah­erne, vi­o­lin, and Tara Dunne, vi­ola, all won half schol­ar­ships.

Os­car Con­way was pre­sented with the Davin Har­ri­son Gui­tar Ex­pres­sion Prize; Lit­tle Jack Huang won the Un­der 10 Teach­ers’ Tro­phy; Joseph Ah­erne won the Un­der 14 Tro­phy and the Ever­est Mu­sic Shop Prize; Ava Ha­gan was also a win­ner in the Un­der 14 com­pe­ti­tion and per­formed on the flute.

Sev­eral teach­ers also con­trib­uted their per­for­mances. Tim Doyle called the au­di­ence in to their seats with a trib­ute to Liam O’Flynn on the uil­leann pipes. He also per­formed Kreisler on the vi­o­lin later in the con­cert. How’s that for ver­sa­til­ity? Svet­lana Ru­denko was joined by past stu­dent Jack Byrne in two stun­ning piano duets. The high­light of the con­cert was ar­guably cham­ber mu­sic by Prokofiev played by Si­monas Ci­unka, clar­inet; David O’Do­herty, vi­o­lin; Tim Doyle, vi­o­lin; Tanya Pla­vans, vi­ola; Moya O’Grady, cello and Artemis Kent, piano.

BIFE Ju­nior Choir, win­ners of the Ju­nior Ensem­ble Tro­phy: (from left) Paul O’Far­rell, Molly Browne, Luke Sheil, Jack Gille­spie, Alex Sheil and, hold­ing the cup is Hugh Hef­fer­nan (Ilona O’Keefe is miss­ing from photo).

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