By Jimmy Rhatigan
Pics: Donal Foley
IT WAS a magnificent night of music, a brilliant concert of some 25 star performers, individual and groups, at our city’s Ormonde Hotel on Wednesday.
On stage for a few hours of high quality entertainment was a selection of magnificent young musicians from various schools that had taken part in the Kilkenny Musical Festival Competitions.
The Maureen O’Keeffe Founders’ Cup went to Castlecomer Community School Senior Traditional Group.
The Kilkenny Music Festival Bursary went to Cian O’Farrell.
The Millennium Cup was won by Abbey McGiff and the Canon Brennan Cup for emerging talent went to talented young pianist, Grace Bai.
The Fr Con Sherin Cup for best individual went to Karl Kirby and another cup for choirs was also in the name of the same padre who for years in the era of the Kilkenny Theatre, Patrick Street was the kingpin of Kilkenny Musical Society.
The latter coveted trophy was won by Presentation Convent Senior Choir.
Kilkenny Music Festival which started out in a humble was has now grown to one of the finest festivals of its kind in the country and the post festival concert, always well attended, is acknowledged as a showcase of everything that is good in music in our city and county.
The Ormonde Hotel proved to be an excellent venue for the concert.
Thanks to the generosity of local sponsors and great support from families, teachers and schools in the region, the music festival which supports young musicians was another cracking success.
Many people play vital roles in the organising of the event and that the festival continues to grow and attract up to 500 contestants is a badge of honour for a wonderful organising committee.