Arklow Music Festival.

Saturday March 7th to Sunday March 15th 2020

Welcome to Arklow Music Festival

Arklow Music Festival is one of Ireland’s best known competitive music festivals (or feiseanna). For 50 years it has provided a platform for individual and group performers of all ages in music, speech and drama, composition and creative writing. We have a long tradition of engaging the services of distinguished adjudicators and while prizes are awarded all are winners by taking part. Held annually for nine days in March it was described in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (2013) as ‘one of the largest events of its kind’. It has more than 150 competitions for singers, choirs, orchestras, and instrumentalists in string, woodwind, brass and piano categories. Our verse speaking events in both English and Irish are hugely popular and greatly supported by our local schools as are our Choral Verse, Action Poems, School Drama and Action Songs.

Many of our past competitors have now made their career as performers, actors, teachers or composers. Two of this year’s adjudicators were former prize winners in Arklow and one credits her success in the festival as a major influence in her career as an opera singer. While not everyone will aspire to be a professional performer, many who have taken part over the years can remember the experience and can be seen in our audience for competitions or at our prizewinners’ concert.

A festival such as this is expensive to run and we are most grateful to all our sponsors and those who support us in any way. Our festival also provides a number of overall awards and bursaries, many of which are announced and presented at our prize-winner’s concert.

Entry Fees for Competitions

Solo Under 18.....€5-00
Solo Adult Competitions.....€10-00
Duets / Trios.....€5-00 per participant
Adult Choirs.....€25-00
Junior Choirs, Junior Choral Groups.....€20-00
Orchestra and Drama.....€20-00

Verse Speaking.....€3-00
Duologue.....€4-00 per participant
Adult Choir (Open) Comp. No.44.....€40-00
Original Poem - Adult.....€5-00
Original Poem - Under 12 & Under 16.....€3-00
Monologue.....€4-00 per participant



Premier Overall Award

THE KENNEDY AWARD (Music Section)

Presented by the Dainty Bakery and the Wadden bursary of €500 presented by the Wadden Family

This Perpetual Award will be presented to the individual or group, who in the Music Section is deemed to have given an outstanding performance. The Award will be presented at the Prizewinners’ Concert on Sunday, March 15th 2020.

Winner 2019:
Catherine Byrne, Redcross

Special Overall Award

THE CLAIRE KAVANAGH MEMORIAL CUP

This Perpetual Cup will be awarded to the Choir in the Primary School Section which, in the opinion of the adjudicator gives an especially meritorious performance. The Award will be presented at the Prizewinners’ Concert on Sunday, March 15th 2020.

Winner 2019:
St. Josephs NS, Arklow c/o Fiona O'Sullivan

Special Overall Award

THE WILLIAM REDMOND CUP

This Perpetual Cup will be awarded to the Choir in the Post Primary School Section which, in the opinion of the adjudicator gives an especially meritorious performance. The Award will be presented at the Prizewinners’ Concert on Sunday, March 15th 2020.

Winner 2019:
Form 2 Choir, St. Mary’s College c/o Freda Mooney

Special Overall Award

THE KEVIN O’LEARY & ANDREW ENRIQUEZ MEMORIAL CUP
Presented by Templerainey Youth Fun

JACKIE KAVANAGH CASH AWARD OF €125.00

This Perpetual Cup and Cash Award will be made to the competitor in Solo Singing competitions, under 18 years in competitions 1 to 8 that is deemed to have given an especially meritorious performance.

Winner 2019:
Amy Banks, Galway

New Overall Award

THE ARKLOW BAY HOTEL CUP

This Perpetual Cup will be presented to the competitor showing the greatest potential as a performer in competitions 75, 76, 77, 81 and 82.

Competitors will not be asked to repeat their performances for this award, which will be presented at the Prizewinners’ Concert on Sunday, March 15th 2020.

Winner 2019:
Lucy Byrne, Gorey

New Overall Awards

THE HARMONY TIMBER SOLUTION CUP

This award will be presented to the group in the Action Song section giving an outstanding performance. Due to Safety Regulations, 1st Prize Winners in competitions 22, 23, 24 and 25 will be judged by the Adjudicator and will not be asked to repeat their performance

The award will be presented at the Prizewinners' Concert on Sunday, March 15th 2020.

Winner 2019:
St. Josephs NS, Arklow c/o Fiona O'Sullivan

New Overall Award

NEW OVERALL FESTIVAL PLAQUE



Winner 2019:
Holly Prestage

Piano Award

THE HORSEMAN SILVER TROPHY

This Perpetual Challenge Cup will be presented to the competitor showing the greatest potential as a performer in Competitions 68, 69, 70, 71, 72 and 73. Due to Safety Regulations, 1st Prize Winners will be judged by the adjudicator and will not be asked to repeat their performance. The Award will be presented at the Prizewinners’ Concert on Sunday, March 15th 2020.

Winner 2019:
Leo McNally

Verse Speaking Award

THE JASON DEMPSEY MEMORIAL CUP
First Prize: Silver Medal

Second Prize: Certificate

Winners of competitions 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107 & 108 AUTOMATICALLY qualify to compete for this Award. Competition will be held on Friday of Festival Week.

Winner 2019:
Eoin Kinsella

Verse Speaking Award

THE CAPRI CUP

Winners of competitions 114 & 115 AUTOMATICALLY qualify to compete for this award. Competition will be held on Friday of Festival Week.

Winner 2019:
Joshua Simmons

Dán Gaeilge Award

CORN GHLÓR NA NGAEL AN INBHIR MHÓIR (Arklow Glór Na nGael Cup)

Roghnóidh an moltóir an t-iarrthóir is fearr as comórtais 127 go 134 agus bronnfar Corn Ghlór na nGael air nó uirthi ag Coirmcheoil na mBuaiteoirí.

A winner from Competitions 127 to 134 will be chosen by the adjudicator and will be presented with the Glór na nGael Cup at the Prizewinners’ Concert.

Winner 2019:
Maeve Ni Raghallaigh

Dán Gaeilge Award

Corn Síoraí Mícheál Ó hAilpín (Michael Halpin Perpetual Trophy)

Roghnóidh an moltóir an t-iarrthóir is fearr as comórtais 135 go 140 agus bronnfar Corn Síorai Míchaeál Ó hAilpín air nó uirthi ag Coirmcheoil na mBuaitheoirí.

A winner from Competitions 135 to 140 will be chosen by the adjudicator and will be presented with the Michael Halpin Perpetual Trophy at the Prizewinners’ Concert.

Winner 2019:
Alaoise Geraghty

Choral Verse Speaking

THE WILLIAM DOYLE MEMORIAL CUP

This Award will be presented to the group in the Choral Verse Speaking section giving an outstanding performance. Due to Safety Regulations, First Prize winners in competitions 143, 144, 145, 146 and 147 will be judged by the Adjudicator and will not be asked to repeat their performance. The Award will be presented at the Prizewinners' Concert on Sunday 15th March, 2020.

Winner 2019:
Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhoir

Drama Section

THE LIAM LOUGHLIN CUP


This Perpetual Cup will be presented to the Class / Group giving the best performance of an improvisation OR play written by a teacher or group member(s).

Winner 2019:
Kathy Ann Murphy

Drama Section

THE SR. MARY CONCEPTA Cup

This Perpetual Cup will be presented to the group that makes the most effective use of costume..

Winner 2019:
Rang 4, Gaelscoil and Inbhir Mhóir

ADJUDICATORS 2020

CHORAL AND VOCAL

Ms. Niamh O'Kelly
Ms. Victoria Massey
Ms. Colette Delahunt
Ms. Niamh Murray

STRINGS

Dr. Annette Cleary

PIANO

Ms. Ailbhe McDonagh

WIND AND BRASS

Mr. Pat Fitzpatrick

SPEECH

Ms. Karen Murphy
Ms. Mary Whelan

DRAMA

Ms. Mary Finnegan

ORIGINAL POEM

Ms. Rachel Moloney

DÁN GAEILGE

Solweg Uí Fhaoláin
Séin Ó Maonaigh

ACCOMPANISTS

Ms. Trudi Carberry
Ms. Celine Kelly
Ms. Eithne Corrigan

Important Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

Festival Office, 1 Vale Road, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.

Tel: (085) 8556686
E-Mail: arklowcfs@hotmail.com
Find us on Facebook: #ArklowMusicFestival2019

GENERAL INFORMATION

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: John Bonner, B.Mus., M.A.
SECRETARY: Jo Walker
TROPHIES SECRETARY: Margaret Nolan
REGISTRAR: Marian O’Regan
ASST. REGISTRAR: Margaret Kelly
TREASURERS: Nora O’Connor Paul Carroll
P.R.O.: Tony Fennell