2019 Waltons Music for Schools Competition - Announcement of Finalists

2019 Waltons Music for Schools Competition - Announcement of Finalists

Friday, 29 March 2019, 1.00pm

The twelve school music groups (six primary and six post-primary) selected to perform in the 2019 Waltons Music for Schools Competition Finalists Concert on 7 May in the National Concert Hall will be announced by Liz Nolan on RTÉ lyric fm’s The Full Score programme (1 – 4 pm).


Running since 2011, the Waltons Music for Schools Competition is a non-profit national event celebrating and supporting music in Irish schools.

The Music for Schools Competition is run by Waltons New School of Music and is generously supported by RTÉ lyric fm.

All primary and post-primary schools in the Republic of Ireland are eligible to enter the Competition, and schools from all 26 counties have participated.

Each year’s Competition culminates in a gala Finalists Concert, in which twelve Finalist school groups (six primary and six post-primary) perform before their peers and two distinguished adjudicators.

At the end of the Finalists Concert, the adjudicators announce six winning primary and post-primary schools, which receive awards totalling €7,000 worth of vouchers for musical instruments, accessories, books, music technology or PA equipment from Waltons Music, including two First Prizes of €2,000 vouchers.


Schools form an instrumental, vocal or mixed music group of up to 40 members, made up of current students in the school.

The group develops a piece or song, no more than five minutes long, that addresses the year’s Competition theme. The piece or song can be in any music genre (classical, traditional, rock/pop, musical theatre, jazz, world, etc.) or combination of genres, and it can consist of existing or original material. This year’s theme is Music =. (What it equals is up to you!)

Schools submit an online entry form and send a video of the group’s performance and a jpeg photograph of the group.

The initial entries are judged by a team of first-round adjudicators, and twelve Finalists (six primary and six post-primary) are selected.

The Finalists are announced by Liz Nolan on RTÉ lyric fm.

The twelve groups perform in a Finalists Concert at the National Concert Hall, and the six winning schools are announced at the end of the concert.


Friday, 22 March 2019, 5 pm • Entry Deadline

Friday, 29 March, 1 – 4 pm • Announcement of Finalists

Tuesday, 7 May, 1 pm • Finalists Concert, National Concert Hall


About the Waltons Music for Schools Competition

Published on 7 February 2019

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