A Limerick music teacher and choral director hit all the right notes at the All-Island Choir competition when she was awarded the top conductor award in the competition.
Elaine Davern of Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock was honoured at the event which was held at Belfast’s Titanic Exhibition Centre and was attended by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Northern Ireland first minister Martin McGuinness.
“It’s a pleasure to work with the students in Colaiste Iosaef. They’ve been a pleasure to work with and a great inspiration to me to keep going with choral singing and to promote their musicianship and choral singing abilities,” said Ms Davern.
The Association of Irish Choirs, she said, are a “fantastic organisation” which really help to promote choral singing.
“Obviously I would not be receiving this award were it not for my extremely talented chamber choir. Their dedication and enthusiasm make teaching them a pleasure and the musicality they bring to the chamber choir makes me one very lucky director”, she continued.
Colaiste Iosaef narrowly missing out on the national final of the competition which was aired on RTE.
The secondary school reached the regional final for the second year in a row, the only Limerick choir to reach the regional final stage on both years.
This year they were up against four Cork choirs and narrowly lost out to Loreto Fermoy. Among the representatives from Colaiste Iosaef who attended the final in Belfast were principal Sean Twomey, music teachers Elaine Davern and Eimear Glancy, and fifth year students Peggy Gilbert and Emma O’Donoghue. The winners from each of the regional finals performed on a replica of the grand staircase from the Titanic.
This year, the competition included the conductors award, which yields a bursary sponsored by the Association of Ireland Choirs. Ms Davern was presented with her award by Ms Pat MacAlinden of the AOIC.
Ms Davern receives a bursary of a residential week long course which will be held in UL in August of next year.