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Thursday 5 March 2015

Mossgrove Youth Musical Festival

Sheya Chan scored a treble of success at the Mossgrove Youth Musical Festival in the Ballyearl Arts Centre, winning the piano under-8 years, under-9 years and under-11 years classes.

Whiteabbet Primary School also scored three successes, recorder groups, instrumental ensemble and stringed ensemble at primary school level.


Piano, under-8 yrs: 1 and Thompson Trophy, Sheya Chan 89; 2 tie, Aine Neilan and Niamh O’Neill 87.

Piano, under- 9 yrs: 1 and President's Trophy, Sheya Chan 88.

Piano, under-11 yrs: 1and Playfair Cup, Sheya Chan 89; 2, Andrew Moore 87.

Piano, under-13 yrs: 1 and Jones Cup, Lindsey Huddleston 89; 2, Annie Wilson 87.

Piano, under-15 yrs: 1 and Forbes Cup, Jun Yu Chen 88; 2, Matthew Parish 86.

Piano, under-17 yrs: 1 and Mallusk Shield, Fionnuala Ward 89; 2, Matthew Parish 87.

Piano, under-21 yrs: 1 and Newtownabbey Perpetual Pianoforte Trophy, Grace Kennedy 85.

Piano duet, under-10 yrs: 1 and John Harris Cups, Maeve O’Neill and Ellen O’Fril.

Piano duet, under-15 yrs: 1 and Duo Cups, Matthew Parish and Luke van Brugen 86.

Recorder groups, Primary Schools: 1Harriett Shield, Whiteabbey Primary School 87.

Recorder solo, Primary: 1 and Elizabeth Trophy, Jane Randall, 88; 2, Chloe Farrington 86.

Recorder solo, under-16 yrs: 1 and Dorchester Plaque, Caroline Richards 85.

Woodwind solo, Primary Schools: 1 and Woodford Cup, Courtney McKay 89; 2, Rachel O’Donnell 88.

Woodwind solo, under-16 yrs: 1 and Hautbois Plaque, Bryony McCleery 89; 2, Shannon McKay 88.

Woodwind solo, under-20 yrs: 1 and Autos Cup, Hannah Beattie 88; 2, Stephen Rankin 87.

Brass solo, primary: 1 and Orme Cup, Amy Majury 85.

Primary school instrumental ensemble: 1 and Swanston Shield, Whiteabbey Primary School wind group 88.

Primary school string ensemble: 1 and Gribbin Cup, Whiteabbey Primary School 88.

Instrumental ensemble, under-17 yrs: 1 and Anniversary Shield, Carrickfergus Grammar School

saxophone ensemble 89: 2, Ballyclare Secondary School A 88.

String solo, primary: 1 and Grove Cup, Athena Richards; 2, Emma Porter 88.

String solo, under-14 yrs: 1 and Arcato Shield, Eva Richards 87.

String solo, under-16 yrs: 1 and Arcato Cup, Natasha Kirk 87.

Brass solo, under-20 yrs: 1 and Glenabbey Shield, Adam Brown 89.

Two competitors lifted two prizes each at the Speech and Drama Section of the Belfast Musical Festival.

Eamonn Corrigan won the monologue, 11 to 13 years and prepared prose, 11 years while Maureen barnes came first in the 16 years and over Bible reading and 17 years and over sight reading.


Prepared prose, 12-14 yrs: 1, Sam Gardiner; 2, Helen McKeague.

Verse speaking, girls, 11 yrs: 1, Sophie McKenna; 2, Sarah Johnston.

Monologue, 11-13 yrs: 1, Eamonn Corrigan; 2, Natalie Wylie.

Prepared prose, 11 yrs and under: 1, Eamonn Corrigan; 2, Shannon McCormick.

Duologue, 14-16 yrs: 1, Aoife Jackson and Chloe Macauley; 2, Kate Dempsey and Catherine McGivern.

Monologue, 14-16 yrs: 1, Ellen Durkan; 2, Zoe Gray.

Team debate, 16 yrs and over: 1, Belfast Speakers Circle.

Bible reading, 16 yrs and over: 1, Maureen Barnes; 2, Kate Glacken.

Prepared prose reading, 15 yrs and over: 1, Oonagh Mitchell; 2, Eoin McCrossan.

Sight reading, 17 yrs and over: 1, Maureen Barnes; 2, Austin McCracken.

Mossgrove Youth Music Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary when opening the season of festival

eventsGirls & Boys solo under 11 – 1st Emily Erwine 88, 2nd Emma Foxford Scott 87

Boys solo under 12 – 1st William Baine 86, 2nd Jack Wright 85

Girls solo under 13 – 1st Rachel Atkinson 89, 2nd Naoise Webster 88

Girls solo under 15 – 1st Ellen Mawhinney 90, 2nd Cathy McCalmont 89

Solo & accompaniment under 25 – 1st Marcella Walsh & Lucy Kerr 87

Girls solo under 17 – 1st Natalie Cooke 88

Girls solo under - 19 1st Sophie Blaney 86

Girls solo under 21 - 1st Amy Black 85

Junior folk song – 1st Natalie Cooke 90, 2nd Helenna Howie 88

Senior folk song – 1st Sarah Richmond 87

Interpretation solo under 25 – 1st Marcella Walsh 88, 2nd Amy Black 86

Sacred solo under 17 – 1st Natalie Cooke 88, 2nd Molly Gilmartin 87

Oratorio solo under 25 – 1st Sarah Richmond 87 2nd Marcella Walsh 86

Opera solo under 25 – 1st Marcella Walsh 89 2nd Sarah Richmond 86

Novice vocal solo under 20 – 1st Sarah Hughes 88, 2nd Sophie Blaney 87

Male solo under 25 – 1st Chris McGuigan 88

Song from a musical show under 14 – 1st Naoise Webster 89,

2nd Lauren Naismith 87

Song from a musical show under 18 - 1st Molly Gilmartin 89,

2nd Regan Henderson 88

Vocal duet under 16 – 1st Leah Spiers & Lisa Dawson 88

Vocal duet under 20 – 1st Susannah Manning & Caroline Perry 87

Vocal ensemble under 20 – 1st Judith Shaw, Jordan Hawthorne &

Katy Spratt 86

Piano under 8 – 1st Sheya Chan 89, 2nd Aine Neilan & Niamh O’Neill 87

Piano under 9 – 1st Sheya Chan 88

Piano under 11 – 1st Sheya Chan 89, 2nd Andrew Moore 87

Piano under 13 – 1st Lindsey Huddleston 89 2nd Annie Wilson 87

Piano under 15 – 1st Jun Yu Chen 88, 2nd Matthew Parish 86

Piano under 17 – 1st Fionnuala Ward 89, 2nd Matthew Parish 97

Piano under 21 – 1st Grace Kennedy 85

Piano duet under 10 – 1st Maeve O’Neill & Ellen O’Fril

Piano duet under 15 – 1st Matthew Parish & Luke van Brugen 86

Recorder groups – Primary Schools - 1st –Whiteabbey Primary School 87

Recorder solo – Primary – 1st Jane Randall, 88, 2nd Chloe Farrington 86

Recorder solo under 16 – 1st Caroline Richards 85

Woodwind solo – Primary schools 1st Courtney McKay,89 2nd Rachel O’Donnell 88

Woodwind solo under 16 – 1st Bryony McCleery 89, 2nd Shannon McKay 88

Woodwind solo under 20 – 1st Hannah Beattie 88, 2nd Stephen Rankin 87

Brass solo – primary 1st Amy Majury 85

Primary school instrumental ensemble 1st Whiteabbey Primary School wind group 88

Primary school string ensemble 1st Whiteabbey Primary School 88

Instrumental ensemble under 17 – 1st Carrickfergus Grammar school Saxophone ensemble 89, 2nd Ballyclare Secondary School A - 88

String solo primary –1st Athena Richards 89 2nd Emma Porter 88

String solo under 14 – 1st Eva Richards 87

String solo under 16 – 1st Natasha Kirk 87

Brass solo under 20 – 1st Adam Brown 89

Ensemble for special schools – 1st Rostulla School Choir 90,

2nd Thornfield House School & Rostulla School percussion band 89

Hymn singing under 12 – 1st Mossgrove Primary School, 2nd Orangefield Primary

Choirs under 12 – 1st Orangefield Primary, 2nd Seaview Primary

Hymn singing under 20 – 1st Ballyclare Secondary school

Choirs under 15 – 1st Glastry College Boys choir

Choirs under 20 – 1st Ballyclare Secondary School

Solo and chorus – 1st Ballyclare Secondary School

Glover Shield – Junior Vocal Championship - Natalie Cooke

John Conway Memorial Cup – Piano Championship – Fionnuala Ward

Tutti L’Instromente Cup – Instrumental Championship – Athena Richards

Bel Canto Trophy - Senior Vocal Championship – Marcella Walsh

The Ruth Reilly Memorial Trophy – Choral Championship – Ballyclare Secondary School

The Whiteabbey Cup – most musical promise under 15 – Ellen Mawhinney

Praemium Excellentia Award – Best Performance of the Festival – Adam Brown

The main awards were presented at the closing session of the Mossgrove Youth Musical Festival in the Ballyearl Centre.

This year's event was the 40th anniversary and it proved to be one of the most popular ever.

The Praemium Excellentia Award for the best performance went to Adam Brown.


Ensemble for special schools: 1 and Al-drea Shield, Rostulla School Choir 90; 2, Thornfield House

School and Rostulla School percussion band 89.

Hymn singing, under-12 yrs: 1 and Glengormley Cup, Mossgrove Primary School; 2, Orangefield Primary.

Choirs, under-12 yrs: 1 and Glenside Cup, Orangefield Primary; 2, Seaview Primary.

Hymn singing, under-20 yrs: 1 and Craig Cup, Ballyclare Secondary School.

Choirs, under-15 yrs: 1 and Bob Adamson Memorial Shield, Glastry College boys choir.

Choirs, under-20 yrs: 1 and Harbinson Cup, Ballyclare Secondary School.

Solo and chorus: 1 and Salem Cup, Ballyclare Secondary School.


Glover Shield, junior vocal championship, Natalie Cooke.

John Conway Memorial Cup, piano championship, Fionnuala Ward.

Tutti L'Instromente Cup, instrumental championship, Athena Richards.

Bel Canto Trophy, senior vocal championship, Marcella Walsh.

Ruth Reilly Memorial Trophy, choral championship, Ballyclare Secondary School.

Whiteabbey Cup, most musical promise, under-15 yrs, Ellen Mawhinney.

Praemium Excellentia Award, best performance of the festival, Adam Brown.

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