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Jack Warnock. Photo: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University

Jack Warnock. Photo: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University

Justine Gormley

Justine Gormley

Andrew Irwin

Andrew Irwin

Angus McCall

Angus McCall

Rose Connolly

Rose Connolly

Roisin Donald (ROE)

Roisin Donald (ROE)

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Jack Warnock. Photo: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University

Six talented young musicians from Northern Ireland will get the chance to further develop their craft after receiving the Young Musicians’ Platform Award.

Opera singer Andrew Irwin, cellist Angus McCall and pianist Justine Gormley were selected in the classical category, Jack Warnock and Rose Connolly in the traditional section and Roisin Donald (ROE) was chosen as the singer-songwriter awardee.

The awards are aimed at showcasing their abilities and support their development.

They will all now get the opportunity to spend time learning from a master musician, mentor, teacher or composer, either at home or abroad, with individual funding awards of up to £5,000.

As well as the training opportunity, the awardees will receive two professional radio broadcast engagements, including one with the Ulster Orchestra in 2021.

The classical musicians will be mentored before their performances by presenter John Toal, also a classical pianist. Presenter Lynette Fay will mentor the folk musicians and Stephen McCauley will coach the singer-songwriter.

The funding for the biennial award is supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and BBC Northern Ireland.

It's the first time the awards have been extended beyond the classical and folk music arenas, reaching out to singer-songwriters in Northern Ireland.

Head of music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Ciaran Scullion congratulated the musicians on the opportunity to "develop musical skills, learn from the best and perform live with our tremendous Ulster Orchestra".

"All of the previous recipients of this award have gone on to have incredibly successful careers in music and I’ve every confidence that the new recipients will benefit greatly from this experience," he said.

The executive editor of Arts and Music at BBC Northern Ireland, Paul McClean, said the broadcaster is "passionate" about nurturing new talent.

"We are delighted to be involved in finding new classical, traditional and singer/songwriting artists and to be able to have our listeners engage in their journey as they grow and develop with some help from John, Lynette and Stephen, each of whom has a deep love of music," he said.

Previous recipients of the Young Musicians’ Platform Award include acclaimed classical pianist, Michael McHale, soprano, Laura Sheerin, harpist, Richard Allen, violinist, Michael Trainor, folk artists, Conor Mallon and Niall Hanna and jazz drummer, Ed Dunlop, among others.

Belfast Telegraph


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