Arklow Music Festival.

Saturday March 2nd to Sunday March 10th 2019

Welcome

Now in its 50th year, the Arklow Music Festival is a celebration of both arts and music that is held in March each year in Arklow Co. Wicklow. The Festival is noted one of the biggest musical and artistic festivals in the country that gives individuals the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents in front of professional adjudicators. It has been described in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (2013) as “a competitive gathering that features categories in choral, orchestral, solo, instrumental and compositional categories in addition to speech and drama”. It is now believed to be one of the largest events of its kind in Ireland.

Held over nine days in a variety of venues around the town, it offers a great opportunity for any budding performers, musicians and artists gain professional feedback in a completely constructive environment. The festival regularly brings over 6.000 participants to compete in plethora of competitions annually, offering a variety of trophies and other prizes, with the overall Festival winner winning the Wadden Bursary Award of €500.00 for the most outstanding performer.

The festival is proud to recruit some of the most well respected, trained and experienced artistic professionals from around the country and abroad to adjudicate in the wide variety of competitions. Over 150 different competitions have been held during the long history of the festival, with yearly competitions including Spoken Verse, Dán Gaeilge, choral competitions and a wide variety of musical categories. The festival is held each year in the first few weeks of March and serves as a great “trial-run” before the Feis Ceoil a few weeks later.

The town itself is situated less than an hour south of Dublin on the M11 and is serviced by a number of public transport service links. There is a wide variety of restaurants and other facilities in the town which are always welcoming to those that come to participate in the festival. Perhaps the greatest aim of the festival is to engage with those that come and enjoy the festival so it can continue to grow year-on-year.

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 10th 2019.

Winner 2018:
Ava Dodd, Ashford

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 Competition No 74 to 77 and 80 to 81.

Competitors will not be asked to repeat their performances for this award, which will be presented at the Prizewinners’ Concert on Sunday, March 10th 2019.

Winner 2018:
Dida Condria, Dublin 4

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 10th 2019.

Winner 2018:
Penston Vocal Academy Choir, Arklow c/o Naoimh Penston

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 10th 2019.

Winner 2018:
Form 1 Choir, St. Mary’s College, Arklow

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. (Competitions No.s 1 - 8) deemed to have given an especially meritorious performance.

Winner 2018:
Catherine Byrne, Redcross

ADJUDICATORS 2019

CHORAL AND VOCAL

Dr. Albert Bradshaw
Ms. Niamh Murray

STRINGS

Dr. Annette Cleary

PIANO

Mr. Lance Coburn
Dr. Albert Bradshaw

SPEECH

Ms. Karen Murphy
Ms. Rachel Moloney

DRAMA

Ms. Mary Finnegan

ORIGINAL POEM

Ms. Rachel Moloney

DÁN GAEILGE

Solweg Uí Fhaoláin, Cian Ó Fiach

ACCOMPANISTS

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

Important Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

Festival Office, Kearon’s, Castlepark, 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
TREASURERS: Nora O’Connor Paul Carroll
P.R.O.: Tony Fennell