Call for Submissions: Frank Maher Classical Music Awards 2022
***Top Security/ Frank Maher Classical Music Awards 2022***
Deadline for submissions: Friday 7 October 2022, 5pm
Competition: Friday 28 October 2022
Good news for Ireland’s top teen music talent as the 2022 Top Security/Frank Maher Classical Music Awards has just been launched. With a €5,000 top prize, it is the largest such competition for secondary schools in Ireland.
The Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards were created in 2001 by Emmet O’Rafferty, chairman of the Top Security Group, to honour the memory of his late teacher, Fr Frank Maher, a pioneer in the nurturing of musical talent in secondary schools.
The Award entrants are a roll call of rising young Irish classical music talent. Past winners include pianists Stan O’Beirne (2021 winner, pictured above), Kevin Jansson, Aidan Chan and Maire Carroll, violinists Julieanne Forrest and Mairead Hickey, and cellists Sinead O’Halloran and Killian White. All the winners have received national and international recognition for their achievements and used their prize money as a springboard towards a professional career by funding their studies at some of the world’s most renowned music colleges and institutions. These include Juilliard School, MUK Vienna, Barenboim-Said Akademie, Royal College of Music, Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique et de Danse, and Kronberg Academy.
The Awards are open to sixth year post-primary students of string, woodwind, brass and piano. The €5,000 top prize will be used by the winner to attend a recognised place of tuition, a course of study in Ireland or abroad or on a purchase necessary for the development of their talent. The remaining finalists will each receive a €300 bursary.
The closing date for this year’s entries is Friday 7th October 2022 and the competition night is scheduled to take place on Friday 28th October in Dublin. Further information, rules and a copy of the application form for downloading on www.frankmaherclassicalmusicawards.com.