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Well played: Teen Eoin Fleming wins £5,000 music prize

By Staff Reporter

Published 18/04/2016

Eoin Fleming performing during the final of the Catherine Judge Memorial Award at Queen’s University
Eoin Fleming performing during the final of the Catherine Judge Memorial Award at Queen’s University
Eoin with Barry Douglas and Sean Sheehan of sponsors Bank of Ireland

A talented young pianist has received a £5,000 bursary after winning a prestigious solo classical music competition in Belfast.

Eoin Fleming (18), a pupil of St Dara's Community College, won the Catherine Judge Memorial Award in the final at the Great Hall of Queen's University on Saturday.

The Dublin teenager performed Nocturne Opus 55, no 2 by Chopin and Sonata no 2, Opus 36, 3rd movement by Rachmaninov in front of a 150-strong audience.

The award will help Eoin pursue his third-level music education by world-renowned Belfast-born classical pianist and conductor Barry Douglas, founder of Camerata Ireland.

Douglas chaired the Bank of Ireland-sponsored award judging panel in its inaugural year and returned for this, its 10th year. He said: "It's wonderful to see this fantastic award once again providing a very special and unique opportunity for these young musicians to showcase their talent.

"On behalf of the judges, I congratulate Eoin and look forward with keen interest as his career develops in the coming years."

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