Feis Ceoil 2023 Competition Results Announced

Fiachra de hOra and Margot Maurel – winners of the RTÉ Lyric FM prizes at the 2023 Feis Ceoil. (Photo: Feis Ceoil)

Feis Ceoil 2023 Competition Results Announced

A selection of the winners will perform at a Feis Ceoil gala concert in the National Concert Hall on 26 April.

The Feis Ceoil, which is now in its 127th year, has published the results of the 2023 competitions. The annual festival of classical music took place at the RDS in Dublin on 20–31 March and featured over 190 competitions, attracting thousands of young classical musicians from across Ireland.

Among the winners were Mount Sackville Secondary School, which won the School Choir of the Year award, and The Park Singers, which won the Oliver O’Brien Award for adult choirs.

Hannah Crowley was the winner of the Count John McCormack vocal recital competition and Deirdre Higgins won the Gervase Elwes Memorial Cup. Bláthnaid Nicholson and Heather Sammon were the winners of the Marchant Cup for vocal ensemble, and Aimee Banks won the Plunket Greene Cup and the German Government Cup in the senior vocal competitions.

In the senior solo piano competitions, Aidan Chan won the Morris Grant Bursary, Joe O’Grady won the Hamilton Harty Cup, and Lucy Byrne won the Nordell Cup. Athenais and Aristide Selve were the winners of the Trimble Cup for piano duet.

The McCullough Cup and RTÉ Lyric FM award for Senior Woodwind was won by clarinettist Margot Maurel. In the composition awards, the winners were Rebecca Doherty, Emily Kelly, Aoife O’Donovan and Ruaidhrí O’Dea.

Gala concert at the NCH
A selection of competitors from this year’s Feis Ceoil will perform at a gala concert in the National Concert Hall on Wednesday 26 April at 7.30pm. The concert will be hosted by Laura Gilsenan, CEO of the Feis Ceoil, and tickets from €12.50 are on sale at www.nch.ie.

Commenting on this year’s competitions, Gilsenan said:

We were delighted to welcome back choirs, orchestras and audiences to a live setting, as they were sorely missed during the pandemic years. The immediacy of live performance and audience reaction is what we most look forward to and it’s what makes the Feis Ceoil!

For the full list of awards, download the PDF below or visit www.feisceoil.ie/Festival/Winners.asp.

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Published on 6 April 2023

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