Wednesday 23 January 2019

Robert represented Ireland in Zagreb

Ardee saxophonist Robert Finegan celebrated his 21st birthday in a memorable way recently as he represented Ireland at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.

'It was a brilliant experience, absolutely amazing,' said Robert, who is a student at DIT Conservatory of Music.

The World Saxophone Congress takes place every four years and musicians apply to be part of the event which is a unique opportunity for top professional musicians, students and amateurs, saxophonists of all styles and musical expressions ranging from classical music to jazz to get together.

It was a huge honour for Robert to be chosen to perform during the Congress as very few undergraduates take part in the event.

'It was amazing to be in the company of such great musicians,' he said.

For his application, Robert submitted a programme of music by Irish composers John Buckley and Ian Wilson and it was the first time that the works had been performed at the conference.

'I got funds from Create Louth to commission a new piece from Ian Wilson for solo sax with recorded sound from Newgrange,' he said.

He performed the Irish premiere of the piece, entitled 'Between Stone and Sun (after Newgrange)' at the Boyle Arts Festival last week.

Robert has won prizes at many competitions throughout Ireland and in 2017 won 2nd prize in the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year and was also the inaugural winner of the Flax Trust Music Award.

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