DIT Thomas Moore Festival for Young Singers - Celebrating 200 years of Thomas Moore's Melodies

Gala concert, National Concert Hall

Dublin, 24 January 2008:  The DIT Thomas Moore Festival for Young Singers culminated with a Gala Concert on Tuesday night in the National Concert Hall.  The twelve finalists, who were chosen from 63 singers who performed in the preliminary rounds, were in competition for a number of significant bursaries. The competitors were adjudicated on their performance of two of Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies.  They were followed by guest artist Eimear Quinn, former Eurovision Song Contest winner and past student at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.  Presenter Liz Nolan, of RTÉ lyric fm, was host for the evening.

Pictured are the winners of DIT Thomas Moore Festival for Young Singers 2008: Dean Power, Katy Kelly, Raphaela Mangan and Aoife O'Sullivan. Also pictured are Brid Grant, Director of the Faculty of Applied Arts, DIT, Eimear Quinn, guest artist, and Dr Una Hunt, Director of the Thomas Moore Festival.

The announcement of the winners was made on the night with four performers - Katy Kelly, Dean Power, Raphaela Mangan, Aoife O'Sullivan - each being awarded the top prize of a bursary of €2000. They also received a Dublin Crystal Iceberg Trophy, presented by lyric FM.

Each of the other finalists received a bursary of €500, as well as the very impressive Iceberg Trophy.  They were Róisín Walsh, Claudia Boyle, Anna Louise Costello, Gavan Ring, Sarah Dolan, Máire Flavin, Rachel Kelly, and Ciara McMackin. 

Guest artist Eimear Quinn also presented Dublin Crystal Commemorative Plaques to ten singers who had performed in the preliminary rounds of this prestigious competition.  They included Ross Scanlon, Andrew Boushell, Anna Brady, Tara Erraught, Richard Hayes, Ciarán Kelly, Hannah Macaulay, Niamh McCormack, Sarah McCourt and Anne Murray.

All prize winners will participate in a world premiere archive recording featuring the complete collection of the original settings of Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies for the Thomas Moore Hypermedia Archive at NUI Galway.

The DIT Thomas Moore Festival for Young Singers marked the beginning of a year-long celebration for the bicentenary of the first edition of Moore's Irish Melodies in 1808.   Artistic Director of the Festival, Dr Úna Hunt concluded the evening by outlining the programme of other events planned for 2008, which will include a major exhibition at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin this summer and a touring exhibition and concert series in the autumn.  The festival is supported by the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism and Dublin City Council.

For more information please contact:

Úna Hunt,
Artistic Director,
Thomas Moore Festival
T: 087 221 5312
E: unahunt1@eircom.net

Or

Donal O'Malley,
Public Relations Officer,
Dublin Institute of Technology
T: 01   402 7130
M:086 236 4000  

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