Wednesday 18 September 2019

Teen classical musicians battle it out for €5,000

Sweet music: Musician Phil Coulter with Rachel Lynch (18) of Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, and Sarah Ambrose (16) of St Raphaela’s Secondary School, Stillorgan, at the launch of the 2019 Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards. PHOTO: PETER
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Sweet music: Musician Phil Coulter with Rachel Lynch (18) of Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, and Sarah Ambrose (16) of St Raphaela’s Secondary School, Stillorgan, at the launch of the 2019 Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards. PHOTO: PETER HOULIHAN

Songwriter Phil Coulter has launched a teen talent search for classical musicians that comes with a €5,000 prize.

The Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards are open to sixth-year pupils of string, woodwind, brass and piano.

The €5,000 prize will be used by the winner to attend a recognised place of tuition, undergo a course of study in Ireland or abroad or for a purchase necessary to develop their talent.

Previous winners have gone on to study at renowned institutions such as the Juilliard School in New York.

Speaking as he launched the awards, Mr Coulter said: "I started out studying classical music at university and it proved a great foundation for my subsequent career."

He said the awards have "attracted wonderful young talent over the years, and I can't wait to meet this year's entrants".

Irish Independent

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