Ireland’s biggest classical music festival, ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil, is set to showcase the talent of over 4,000 musicians from all over Ireland at the annual festival from 4th to 15th April. The competition now boasts over 190 individual classical music competitions including voice, piano, strings, wind, brass and orchestra.
Laura Gilsenan, CEO, Feis Ceoil, said “Since its foundation in 1896, the Feis Ceoil has set the standard for the performance of classical music. We are vey grateful to our sponsor ESB Electric Ireland for their support which enables us to continue this competition, which plays a vital preparatory part in the career development of aspiring professional musicians, as well as a significant role in musical education in Ireland.”
Brid Horan, Executive Director, ESB Electric Ireland said, “ESB has sponsored the Feis Ceoil since 2008. This year is particularly exciting for us as we are supporting the Feis under our new brand name, ESB Electric Ireland. We are very proud to support Ireland’s emerging and extraordinary talent in classical music, reflecting the energy and passion that is evident in the performances of all the participants”.
Some of the most outstanding competitors from the 2011 ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil will be showcased at a special Gala Concert in the Dublin Convention Centre on April 16th 2011. The concert will feature The Celtic Tenors, and will be attended by the Patron of Feis Ceoil Association, President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.
For the performers, in addition to the prestige of winning at the ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil, successful competitors will also enjoy over €50,000 worth of prizes.
Ticket prices for the competition are €5 per day and open to everyone.
Former well known Feis Ceoil participants:
- John O’Conor, internationally renowned concert pianist,
- Siblings Finghin & Dearbhla Collins, both renowned pianists who perform worldwide,
- Acclaimed opera singers Virginia Kerr, Regina Nathan, and Cara O’Sullivan,
- Young up and coming pianist Sophie Cashell,
- Harpists Anne-Marie O’Farrell & Cormac de Barra,
- Celebrated Composer Conor Linehan,
- John McCormack, Ireland’s most famous and critically acclaimed Tenor,
- Author James Joyce, who won a Bronze Medal for Tenor Solo.
Other Competitors of Interest:
- Comedian Risteard Cooper who won the Baritone Solo competition in 1987,
- Broadcaster Liz Nolan of Lyric FM,
- Contemporary eclectic cellist Vyvienne Long.
Current competitors of interest:
- Quaid Family siblings who perform as individuals soloists and in an ensemble, winners of Family Ensemble 2010 – all of whom will be competing individually in 2011,
- Seán Óg Boylan, accomplished pianist and organist and the son of former Meath manager, Seán Boylan (both pictured above).
Competitions of ‘note’ at ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil 2011:
Tuesday 5th April, RDS Concert Hall, from 5.00pm
ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil School Choir of the Year Finals
Thursday 7th April, RDS Concert Hall, 7.00pm
Mabel Swainson Pianoforte Award
Friday 8th April, RDS Concert Hall, 7.30pm
Cuisine de France John McCormack €8,000 Vocal Bursary Finals
Tuesday 12th April, RDS Dodder Room B, 7.00pm
Category: Chamber Music
Chamber Music Cup
Wednesday 13th April, RDS Concert Hall, 7.00pm
McCullough Cup & RTÉ lyric FM €1,500 Radio Award
Thursday 14th April, RDS Concert Hall, 12.00pm & 2.00pm
Aileen Gore Cup (for recital by Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Concert Harp, Guitar)
Thursday 14th April, RDS Concert Hall, 7.00pm
Morris Grant €2,500 Bursary
Friday 15th April, RDS Concert Hall, 7.00pm
Gervase Elwes Memorial Cup