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Trio will be music to the ears of party delegates

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 21/11/2015

Soprano Sinéad O’Kelly (right) with Mezzo Soprano Dawn Burns and First Minister Peter Robinson last night
Soprano Sinéad O’Kelly (right) with Mezzo Soprano Dawn Burns and First Minister Peter Robinson last night
Pianist Ruth McGinley

Three of Northern Ireland's leading young musicians will soothe delegates' ears at the DUP party conference.

Belfast soprano Sinead O'Kelly and mezzo soprano Dawn Burns, will be accompanied by the pianist Ruth McGinley, who is from Londonderry, later today.

The trio are bound for Brussels later this month to showcase local talent in Europe.

The Brussels Platform event will be performed in front of MEPs and key opinion-formers among EU representatives.

Sinead and Dawn are the current holders of the Young Musicians' Platform Award.

The award enables the recipients to spend a sizeable amount of time learning from a master musician, mentor, teacher or composer, either at home in Northern Ireland or, if they prefer, in a foreign country.

Award winners receive two professional radio broadcast engagements, including one with the Ulster Orchestra.

Pianist Ruth McGinley, is the current holder of the prestigious Arts Council of Northern Ireland Artist Career Enhancement award.

Artists Career Enhancement Scheme awards are made annually to professional artists working in music, visual arts, literature and participatory arts.

They are among the most sought-after awards bestowed by the Arts Council every year.

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