Bank of Ireland BOICJMAis delighted to announce the ninth year of this event in memory of their colleague Catherine. The Catherine Judge Memorial award aims to support a new generation of musical talent on the Island of Ireland and is seeking applications from talented young musicians who would like to continue their music education at third level. The award was created as a lasting tribute to Catherine Judge, an employee of Bank of Ireland, who passed away in August 2005. Catherine had a great love of music and loved to see young people get opportunities to grow and develop.

The 2015 winner will receive a bursary of €5,500 to assist them with the costs of undertaking their third level music studies and for the first time in the history of the award, their nominating school or society will receive €1,200.

Conor McGlynn, Youth Marketing Manager, Bank of Ireland said: “This Award is one of the most exciting opportunities for young musicians on the island of Ireland. It provides young students with a chance to showcase their talents to a new audience and I’m really looking forward to celebrating and enjoying the wealth of musical talent that is out there.”

Abigail McDonagh, winner of the award in 2014 said:  “The Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award is a unique competition set apart from any other as it offers an invaluable musical experience and considerable financial support for young musicians. As well as providing a goal and a performance platform, it creates opportunities which otherwise would not be possible for young music students.”

The Grand Final will be on Saturday 18th April 2015 in the Great Hall in Queen’s University Belfast. The top applicants will be shortlisted to perform in front of a distinguished jury who have, in previous years, included world famous conductor David Brophy. Past winners have received considerable publicity in the local media and further afield.

Please note that the application process allows students from throughout Ireland to apply, provided they achieve at least Grade 8 (ABRSM, LCM or Trinity) or Senior Certificate (RIAM) in their chosen instrument (or voice) and who will commence the next stage of their studies in Autumn 2015.

Students must apply online and provide:

a) A recording of the applicant on their chosen instrument (or voice)

b) A copy of their qualification

c) The name of one referee who will verify the authenticity of the recording and the standard and suitability of the applicant.

The closing date for applications is 12 January 2015 and applicants may be invited to preliminary auditions in February 2015. It is anticipated that the musicians who have been selected to perform the the preliminary auditions/Grand Final will be notified by February.

Further information on the Award, including details of last year’s event and full terms and conditions including age limits, can be found at www.boicjma.com.

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