Today saw the launch of the 2011 ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil. On hand were eleven year-old twins Emily Jane and Isabel Doyle who will be competing in the piano and violin categories of the Festival and seven year-old Edward Brown who plays the piano and is the youngest competitor.
Ireland’s biggest classical music festival will be taking place in the RDS from the 4th to 15th April with day tickets costing just €5.
Over 4,000 musicians from all over Ireland are set to perform in the competition, which now boasts over 185 individual classical music competitions including voice, piano, strings, wind, brass and orchestra. 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.
Laura Gilsenan, CEO, Feis Ceoil, said “We are delighted to be launching the programme for this year’s ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil, and that some of our young competitors could be here to celebrate with us. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors ESB Electric Ireland and thanks to their support, the competition continues to grow with a very high standard of classical music performance.”
Brid Horan, Executive Director, ESB Electric Ireland said, “ESB Electric Ireland is proud to support the Feis Ceoil, Ireland’s biggest classical music festival, which plays a vital role in the development of young musicians in Ireland. From next week the RDS will be home to some of Ireland’s most talented young classical musicians. We wish them every success in their competitions and their ongoing musical pursuits.”
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.