Saturday 20 September 2014

The way to Carnegie Hall? A national talent show of course

Danielle Stephens

Published 04/07/2014 | 02:30

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The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland who are running a contest which will we see one lucky musician win the chance to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York
The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland outside London's Royal Albert Hall

ONE lucky Irish musician will get the opportunity to play in New York's Carnegie Hall in October.

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A national talent show, organised by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI), will choose a winner this summer to perform in the prestigious concert venue.

Organisers say that over 200 applicants are registered to be in with a chance of playing with the CBOI in the autumn.

Founder of the CBOI Sharon Treacy-Dunne said that the organisation is excited about finding someone that will represent the huge talents represented "the length and breadth of the country".

"Carnegie Hall will prove an extraordinary platform for the musician. It's a wonderful opportunity," she said.

Those auditioning will give a four-minute performance in their chosen instrument during the first round of heats in the last two weeks of July.

The heats will take place in Kilkenny, Cork, Dublin, Louth, Galway and Northern Ireland and the finals will take place in Dublin in August.

After the winner is chosen, the CBOI will decide whether the musician will perform their audition piece, or another composition with the orchestra, in New York.

The deadline for applications is today.

Irish Independent

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