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Prestigious Music Award and Bursary - Last call for entries

09 December 2014


Today (Tuesday 9th December, 2014) the Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award 2015 urged young musicians to enter as the January deadline approaches. 

The award, which aims to support a new generation of musical talent on the island of Ireland, is seeking applications from talented young musicians who would like to continue their music education at third level.  Applicants must be solo musicians and have achieved a Grade 8 Standard in their chosen instrument.  

The 2015 winner will receive a bursary of Stg£5,000 (or euro equivalent) towards their music studies and, for the first time in the history of the award, their nominating school or society will receive Stg£1,000. 

Shortlisted entrants will have the opportunity to perform for some of Ireland’s leading musicians in the wonderful setting of the Great Hall at Queens University, Belfast at the Grand Final in April, 2015. 

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. 

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 closing date for entries is January 12th, 2015.   For further information about the Catherine Judge Memorial Award and to apply, visit

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