Kevin is on song for Limerick bursary as fund honours talents of late Christopher Lynch

Maria Flannery

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Maria Flannery

Councillor Richard O’Donoghue and Chairperson Norma Prendiville award the Christopher Lynch Singing Bursary to Kevin Neville at the Rathkeale Community Arts Centre

Councillor Richard O’Donoghue and Chairperson Norma Prendiville award the Christopher Lynch Singing Bursary to Kevin Neville at the Rathkeale Community Arts Centre

A WINNING singer has prevailed in the competition to award this year’s Christopher Lynch Singing Bursary.

Corbally native Kevin Neville was chosen after a sing-off against two other well-known local finalists, Sarah Ellen Murphy and Eve Stafford.

The three competed in a sing-off at Rathkeale Arts Centre last week for the prize, which is worth €1,250 to go towards their musical training.

It’s an initiative of the Rathkeale Arts Group in honour of the late tenor Christopher Lynch (1920-1994) who was a native of Rathkeale.

“We are absolutely delighted with the finale of our Christopher Lynch Singing Bursary,” said Norma Prendiville, chairperson of the Rathkeale Community Arts Group.

“The standard was superb, the talent was awe-inspiring and all three finalists gave terrific performances. The judges had a really difficult decision and it was a very close call for them.”

Kevin, a bass-baritone from Corbally’s Mill Road, is currently in an arts programme in Northern Ireland, and will use the bursary to further his singing education and career.

“I did Music and English Literature in Trinity, which was an academic degree. Then I did a performance master’s in the conservatory at DIT, which was all singing. Since then, I’ve been doing contract work for various opera companies in Ireland.

“I am delighted to have been awarded the bursary,” he added.

Ms Prendiville said that the arts group works to commemorate Christopher Lynch.

“At the height of his singing career, he was a superstar, but along the way, he was supported and helped by others who recognised his talent – that is what we are trying to do now through the bursary.”

And fans of opera will have a chance to check out the talent later this month, when all three Christopher Lynch finalists perform at an unrelated event.

The Trouble With Virtue takes place at the Hunt Museum on Sunday, February 25, with 3pm and 5pm starts.