Award is music to their ears
A Trio of up-and-coming young Ulster musicians are being given the opportunity to realise their dreams thanks to a prestigious arts award.
Violinist Ciaran McCabe, from Newtownabbey, Belfast pianist Michael McHale and Catherine Coulter, a flautist from east Belfast, will each take part in two professional broadcast performances with the BBC after they were selected for the Arts Council Young Artist Platform Scheme.
The award, offered in collaboration with BBC Northern Ireland, is aimed at helping talented young singers and musicians who are ready to enter the professional world as artists.
Robert Collins, music officer at the Arts Council, said: "We are confident that the chosen artists will benefit tremendously from the award and we look forward to following their future successes."
The three lucky musicians will also be awarded £5,000 each to help further their musical careers.
Ciaran, a postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music in London, will travel to New York to study with internationally-renowned Korean violinist, Chee-Yun, while Michael will use the award to pay for private tuition from top international pianists including Pascal Devoyon and Boris Berman.
Catherine, who is currently completing a Masters degree at the Royal College of Music in London, will use her award to study with several of the world's greatest flautists, including Jacques Zoon, Jaime Martin and Vicens Pratz.
She said: "To study with musicians of this calibre will hugely enhance my skills as a flautist and musician and will help build up musical contacts in other parts of Europe."