The high standard of musicianship in Ardee Concert Band was once again evident by the excellent performances of Aisling Reilly in winning the Open Section and Cathal Flanagan in winning the Under 18 Section of the Annual Irish Association of Brass & Concert Bands Solo and Ensemble competitions which were hosted by Ardee Concert Band in the Bohemian Centre, Ardee on Sunday 21st of February.
Seventy Soloists and ten ensembles representing seven bands from Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan took part in a fantastic day of music.
The adjudicator for the day was Brian Daly musical director of Stedfast Brass Band in Blackrock Co.Dublin. Brian is a freelance French Horn player with the National Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra and Sovereign Brass.
The Solos and ensemble entries were accompanied once again by the fantastic Pianist Edward Holly.
With free Admission all participants had their family, friends and even members of the public come in to show their support for all soloists and ensembles performing on the day.
A big Thank you to Edward Holly for his wonderful piano playing, accompanying the musicians and to Brian Daly for Adjudicating the event. It can be a long day for an adjudicator and many tough decisions to be made but Brian worked on through and awarded many prizes throughout the day. Many Congratulations go to the organising Committee for a very successful event.
"Ardee Concert Band send their congratulations to all the performers and winners. It takes a lot to go up and perform on your own or even as part of a small group in front of an audience. All credit to the performers and their families for the support they show to them," said Ardee Concert Band PRO Sinéad Nutley.
Ardee Concert Band are Supported by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Music Network is funded by The Arts Council.