Wicklow People - - PICTURES - By MARY FOGARTY

KIL­COOLE en­joyed five won­der­ful days of mu­sic last week for the 63rd Kil­coole Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

Fes­ti­val spokes­woman Michelle McKenna said that the were pleas­antly sur­prised to have so many en­trants, given that it was held over the mid-term for the first time. While choirs couldn’t par­tic­i­pate due to the dates, there was an orches­tra and a cham­ber group.

They will look at the dates again, Michelle said, but this year’s change was very suc­cess­ful.

‘Ev­ery­one en­joyed a lovely few days of mu­sic,’ said Michelle.

The fes­ti­val was on at St Pa­trick’s Hall and St An­thony’s Church last week from Wed­nes­day to Sun­day.

Founded 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 days of com­pe­ti­tions in vo­cal, choral, in­stru­men­tal and or­ches­tral mu­sic, as well as speech and drama.

It is one of the old­est and most renowned mu­sic fes­ti­vals in the coun­try. The aim of the Kil­coole Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is to pro­vide a plat­form for chil­dren and adults to per­form in pub­lic.

The fes­ti­val at­tracts some of the most highly qual­i­fied ad­ju­di­ca­tors in the coun­try along with ex­tremely tal­ented com­peti­tors, both lo­cal and na­tional.

Un­der-12 vi­o­lin solo com­peti­tors Ju­lia An­tolec, Ju­lia Weber and Joanna Szlachta with their teacher Tom Siarkiewicz.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers Sandra Dut­ton, Amelda Mur­ray, Cathy O’Toole, Michelle McKenna and Mary Han­ley.

Un­der-12 pi­ano win­ner Omar Alkrda.

He­len Led­with with the Tom Kil­bride Cup and Maura Kil­bride Per­pet­ual Tro­phy.

Un­der-10 vi­o­lin solo win­ner Bartek Szlachta.

Mil­lie Devlin-Mer­ri­man, cen­tre, win­ner of the Pat Me­mo­rial Cup.

Un­der-16 English solo win­ner Aoife Good­i­son.

Ni­amh Mur­ray with the com­peti­tors of the Pat Byrne Me­mo­rial Cup.

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