Date: May Bank Holiday Weekend 27th of April – 1st of May
About: The 2023 festival season kicks off this week with the seventh annual Birr Festival of Music. Taking place from this Thursday, April 27th, to Bank Holiday Monday, May 1st, Birr ‘s Annual classical music festival is expanding to a five-day event across the Bank Holiday weekend. This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Trench award, which showcases young singers and musicians of the future. To celebrate the occasion, pianist and conductor Niall Kinsella is taking up the role of Artistic Curator for the festival and has programmed three special anniversary concerts featuring previous award and participants. The concerts include the Opening Night Gala at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Friday. The Trench Award 2023, one of the main events of the festival schedule, will showcase young singers/musicians from the midlands region will each perform at 15- minute programme of their choice. All are pursing professional careers in performances and were selected by an international panel of music experts. Recipients of The Trench Award, Birr Lions Club Bursary, Canto AL Serchio Prize (for voice), Audrey Chisholm Award (for instrument), will be announced. An Audience Choice and Musical Futures Bursary may also be awarded. There will be a host of street buskers in various venues around the town and master classes in Birr Theatre & Arts Centre.
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