Unprecedented results for DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama students in the SIEMENS Feis Ceoil

Dublin, April, 2006:
DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama students are celebrating their outstanding performance at the 2006 SIEMENS Feis Ceoil, held recently in the RDS.

Of the nearly 100 awards presented, 30 first prizes were won by students of the Conservatory. These included some notable wins such as that of 11 year old Siobhan Brady who won the Junior Cello competition with a near-perfect mark of 99%. At the senior end of the scale Naomi O'Connell, a second year B.Mus. student scooped the Raymond Kearns Bursary of €5,000 on winning The Gervase Elwes Memorial Cup - her fourth major win in this year's Feis Ceoil. Awards were won by the Conservatory's students in all areas of performance - vocal, keyboard and orchestral instruments - and at all levels.

Siobhan Brady (age 11), DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama student and winner of the Junior Cello Competition

According to Ms Brid Grant, the Head of the Conservatory of Music and Drama, "I am delighted that the dedication of staff and students has been rewarded with such magnificent results. Following restructuring within the Conservatory, including strategic staff appointments and refurbishment of our buildings in recent years, it is very gratifying to see our progress endorsed at national level in such a prestigious festival as the SIEMENS Feis Ceoil."

Siemens Feis Ceoil is one of Europe's oldest music festivals and has nurtured musical talent in Ireland for 106 years. Today, Feis Ceoil is an event of major significance in the development of musical talent in Ireland. To be successful at the Feis is very important in the musical career of many entrants, for many others it is a means of obtaining enhanced enjoyment from their music while also providing a yardstick by which to measure their personal standards.

The Conservatory of Music and Drama at DIT has a longstanding history stretching over 100 years. Providing an environment in which gifted students can develop their potential to the highest standard, the Conservatory offers the chance to study at all levels, part-time to undergraduate to postgraduate level. Quality of work and love of the performing arts are paramount and students participate in a variety of ensembles including the Opera Studio, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Chamber Choir, all of which give regular public concerts.

The Conservatory of Music and Drama has produced more nationally and internationally renowned performers and composers than any other institution in the country. Alumni include the Celtic Tenors, Anne Murray, Suzanne Murphy, John O' Conor, Colman Pearce, Hugh Maguire and Ben Dwyer.

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