Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award calls for entries


Pictured to mark the launch of the Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award 2016 is Sean Sheehan, Regional Manager NI, Bank of Ireland UK; world renowned pianist and Chair of the Award’s Judging panel, Barry Douglas and winner of the 2015 award Mairead Hickey from The Lough in Cork.

Today the Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award 2016 launched its call for entries.

The award, which is now in its tenth year, is inviting applications from talented young musicians who wish to continue their music education at third level.

Applicants must have achieved Grade 8 in their chosen instrument (or voice) and will commence the next stage of their studies in autumn 2016. The 2016 winner will receive a bursary of €6,800 to assist them with the costs of undertaking their third level music studies and their nominated school or music society will receive €1,400.

Applications should be made online at by 11th January 2016.

World renowned pianist and founder of Camerata Ireland, Barry Douglas will return as chair of the judging panel having previously chaired when the award was inaugurated ten years ago.

Laura Lynch Head of Youth Banking at Bank of Ireland “Since 2006, Bank of Ireland has been privileged to watch a host of finalists of the highest calibre compete in this prestigious music award.

“The Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award continues to be one of the most exciting opportunities for young musicians to showcase their talents and we very much look forward to the 2016 competition.”

Mairéad Hickey, winner of the award in 2015 said: ‘I think that the Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award is a fantastic way to encourage and support young musicians. In addition to fees and accommodation, there are many extra costs when you decide to pursue music as a career and this award has been a huge help to me.’

The Grand Final will take place on Saturday 16th April 2016 in the Great Hall in Queen’s University, Belfast.

Further information on the Award, including details of last year’s event and full terms and conditions can be found at

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