AMBER LEIGH DIXON – WINNER OF THE SOLOIST 2018

PRESS RELEASE 13thAugust 2018

We are thrilled to announce that the Winner of The Soloist 2018 is Amber Leigh Dixon from Newry Co. Down. This year’s lucky winner will perform with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland to audiences of over 50,000 people during our arena tour in Spring 2019. Performances will be held at iconic venues including the Simmons Court Arena, RDS, Dublin; the Odyssey Arena, Belfast; the Echo Arena in Liverpool, Limerick University Arena and Waterford Institute of Technology Arena. In addition to these exceptional performance opportunities, the Amber will also receive the coveted Soloist Trophy and a €1,000 cash prize. We are thrilled to be showcasing the outstanding talent of this young stellar performer, Amber Leigh Dixon, to audiences across Ireland and the UK.

Amber Leigh Dixon is a 17-year old Soprano from Newry, Co. Down. Amber is a A-Level student at Our Lady’s Grammar School Newry and she is a member of the Flynn School of Performing Arts where she receives tuition from Fiona Flynn. Amber has made numerous appearances on stage in Musical Theatre performances. She has also performed on Radio in BBC Television. This year, Amber won the very prestigious Girls U18 Vocal Solo, at the ESB Feis Ceoil, Dublin.  Amber was also the proud recipient of the Gilbert Award for ‘Best Female Singer’ at the AIMs awards this year which she won for her role as Maria in ‘West Side Story’. We are thrilled and very excited to welcome Amber to the CBOI Peace Proms Team.

Huge congratulations to everyone who took part in The Soloist Competition this year. From over 300 on-line entries, 40 of Ireland’s most promising and talented young performers made it through to the semifinal which was held yesterday afternoon (Sunday 12th August)at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum.

Our panel of judges had the unenviable task of selecting 12 performers to go through to the final. The finalists were Sarah Gordon, Dublin; Leah Kavanagh, Lucan; Emily Carrol, Bray; Rebecca, Emily & Orlaith Kelly (Classic Harmony Girls), Wicklow; Cobhla Surlis, Caven; Phoebe Dipple, Wexford; Aoife Goodison, Wexford; Sinead Cronin, Cork; Christopher Green, Lurgan; Woha Mcgerald Akeh, Galway; Sinead O’Donovan, Tipperary; and Amber Dixon, Newry.

All of the finalists gave outstanding performances and any one of them would have been a worthy recipient of the title.  Huge thanks to our judges whose impossible task it was to select the winners: Greg Beardsell, Conductor and Music Educator; Phil Ferguson, Performer and Music educator; Patricia Treacy, Virtuoso Violinist; and Paul O’Callaghan, CBOI Director and performer; Liam Monagher, Violinist and performer. At the end of a very intense and wonderful competition, the winner Amber Leigh Dixon, was announced.

THE SOLOIST 2018 SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Huge thanks to everyone who entered The Soloist 2018 competition. We had a huge number of entries and the standard is extremely high, so please don’t be disappointed if you didn’t make it through this year. The live semifinals and final will be held on Sunday 12th August, 11am – 6pm, at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Co. Dublin. TICKETS: https://www.tickettailor.com/…/crossborderorchestrao…/184709


Lucy Carolan, Dublin
Jessica Doolan, Dublin
John Carlos Estrella, Dublin
Alan Fitzsimons, Dublin
Sarah Gordon, Dublin
Johnston Adam, Dublin
Leah Kavanagh, Dublin
Sarah Kay Kenny, Dublin
Eimear Molloy, Dublin
Maria Nasypanaya, Dublin
Shereen Perera, Dublin
Emilie McCarthy, Kildare
Anna O’Connor, Kildare
Caoimhe McGuinness, Kilkenny
Emily Carroll, Wicklow
Classic Harmony Girls, Wicklow
Rebecca Louise Kelly, Wicklow
Emily Kelly, Wicklow
Orlaith Kelly, Wicklow
Cobhla Surlis, Cavan
Rose O’Neill, Meath
Phoebe Ellen Dipple, Waterford
Bernadette Maria Royo, Waterford
Aoife Goodison, Wexford
Classic Harmony, Wicklow
Camilla O’Connor, Longford
Saoirse Doody, Antrim
Conor Taggart, Antrim
Claire Louise Turner, Antrim
Sinead Cronin, Cork
Molly Buchan, Cork
Ashton Anne Murphy, Derry
Catherine Mary Mooney, Donegal
Amber Leigh Dixon, Down
Christopher S Greene, Down
Jessica McClatchey, Down
Woha Mcgerald Akeh, Galway
Saoirse Bennett, Kerry
Matilda Magner, Tipperary
Clara O Brien, Tipperary
Sinead O’Donovan, Tipperary

THE SOLOIST 2017 WINNERS ANOUNCED

PRESS RELEASE 14th August 2017

THE SOLOIST 2017 WINNERS ANOUONCED

KATIE WEIR & ROSS SCANLON – JOINT WINNERS OF THE SOLOIST 2017.

This year’s lucky winners will perform with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland to audiences of over 30,000 people in iconic venues including the RDS, Dublin; the Odyssey Arena, Belfast; the Echo Arena in Liverpool, the Kingfisher Hall, Galway and the Hub in Kilkenny. In addition to this unique opportunity, the winners will also receive the coveted Soloist Trophy and a €1,000 cash prize. We are thrilled to be showcasing the talent of these two stellar performers to audiences across Ireland and the UK in the coming year.

Huge congratulations to everyone who took part in The Soloist Competition this year. From over 300 on-line entries, 40 of Ireland’s most promising and talented young performers made it through to the semifinal which was held yesterday afternoon (Sunday 13th August) at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum.

Our panel of judges had the unenviable task of selecting 14 performers to go through to the final which was held directly after the Semis yesterday evening at the Mill Theatre.  The finalists were (Back Row L-R) Deirdre Higgins, Alan Clarke, Melissa Anne Murphy, Aimee Kearney, Caolann Haughton, Anabel Sweeney, Ros Scanlon (joint winner). (Front Row L-R) Abbey Marie McGiff, Aimee Banks, Marby Ariola, Diarmuid McShane, Katie Weir (joint winner), Alissa Keating, Fiona McErlane.

All of the finalists give outstanding performances and any one of them would have been a worthy recipient of the title.  However, at the end of a very intense and wonderful competition, joint winners were announced – Katie Weir and Ross Scanlon.

Katie Weir is 16 years of age and has been singing, acting and dancing as long as she can remember. She attends classes at Talented Kids Performing Arts School, Dublin and is also a member of MVW Talent Agency. Katie receives vocal tuition rom Maureen-Victoria Ward and most recently received a Distinction in her Grade 8 Musical Theatre Singing and a Higher Achiever Award from the RIAM.

In 2015, Katie represented Ireland at the World Championships of Performing Arts and won a Gold medal in the Opera category and was awarded a scholarship to the New York Film Academy to study Musical Theatre and Singing. She has deferred her studies until she finishes her Leaving Certificate. Katie has featured in multiple TV shows and commercials as well as musicals. Katie has played Blousey Brown in ‘Bugsy Malone’ and Beth in ‘Oliver’ both produced by Festival Productions at the NCH, Dublin. She has also played Eliza in ‘My Fair Lady’ and Cosette in  ‘Les Miserables’ at The Helix Theatre, Dublin

Tenor Ross Scanlon trained at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where he was awarded the Michael McNamara Gold Medal of excellence in performance. He continues his studies with Philip Doghan at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Ross sings widely in concert. Engagements have included Alexander’s Feast, Messiah and The Creation with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Messiah at the Halle Festival, Germany, at the Handel Music Festival, Dublin, and with the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ross’s roles include Lurcanio Ariodante, Masino La vera costanza, Monostatos Die Zauber öte and Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos. Le Thérière L’Enfant et les sortlièges with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Hot Biscuit Paul Bunyan for Welsh National Youth Opera, Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia for Irish Youth Opera, Bookkeeper The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny for OTC, Dublin, Remendado Carmen for Lyric Opera, Dublin, Bill A Hand of Bridge, Remendado Carmen and Tamino Die Zauber öte for Glasthule Opera.

Huge thanks to our judges whose impossible task it was to select the winners: Greg Beardsell, Conductor and Music Educator; Sarah McCann, TV and Radio Producer; Patricia Treacy, Virtuoso Violinist and Paul O’Callaghan, CBOI Director.

The Soloist 2017 Semifinalists Announced

The Semifinal and Final of The Soloist 2017 will take place in The Mill Theatre, Dundrum Shopping Centrecommencing at 11am on Sunday 13th August.

Tickets available from HERE

THE SOLOIST 2017
SEMIFINALISTS GROUP 1
11am SUN 13 AUG
Luke Russell Blanchardstown Co. Dublin
Eimear Molloy Clondalkin Co. Dublin
Heloise Bosquillon de Jenlis Dublin Co. Dublin
Quincy Tilles Dun Laoghaire Co. Dublin
Robert Comiskey Dundrum Co. Dublin
Gwenaelle Noval Glasnevin Co. Dublin
Katie Weir Koncklyon Co. Dublin
Sophie Doyle Malahide Co. Dublin
Mathilde Bosquillon de Jenlis Dublin Co. Dublin
Aimee Kearney Lucan Co. Dublin
Shane Lavelle Kilcock Co. Kildare
Marby Arriola Kildare Co. Kildare
Emilie McCarthy Kill Co. Kildare
Laura Mary Aherne Kill Co. Kildare
Melissa Anne Murphy Leixlip Co. Kildare
Ava Eustace Newbridge Co. Kildare
Abbey Marie McGiff Leixlip Co. Kildare
Roisin Anne Lynch Delgany Co. Wicklow
Fiona McErlane Enniskerry Co. Wicklow
Wallis Hamilton Felton Greystones Co. Wicklow
Anabel Sweeney Wicklow Co. Wicklow
Karla Whelan Tracey Arklow Co. Wicklow
Diarmuid Mac Shane Blackrock Co. Louth
Conall McMahon Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan
Dearbhla McCreesh Castleblayney Co. Monaghan
THE SOLOIST 2017
SEMIFINALISTS GROUP 2
2pm SUN 13 AUG 
Makaela Maria Crowley Killarney Co. Kerry
Saoirse Kissane Bennett Killarney Co. Kerry
Sarah Cox Enniskillen Co. Fermanagh
Alan Clarke Belfast Co. Antrim
Amy Meehan Letterkenny Co. Donegal
Molly Jane Buchan Clonakilty Co. Cork
Aimee Banks Moycullen Co. Galway
Clare Quinn Renmore Co. Galway
Tadhg Stephen Casey Castletroy Co. Limerick
Emma Duff Navan Co. Meath
Caolann Haughton Athboy Co. Meath
Alissa Keating Cahir Co. Tipperary
Mary Condon O’Connor Cashel Co. Tipperary
Sinead Mary Fethard Co. Tipperary
Ruth Everard Templemore Co. Tipperary
Cherise Omoore Athlone Co. Westmeath
Deirdre Anne Higgins Moate Co. Westmeath
Cobhla Surlis Cavan Co. Cavan
Ciara Pidgeon Bailieborough Co. Cavan
Maria McGrann Craigavon Co. Down
Maria Meagher Newry Co. Down
Nadine Downey Newry Co. Down
Saoirse Doody UK United Kingdom
Ross Scanlon Bray Co. Wicklow

1) WHAT WE NEED FROM FINALISTS by 5pm on FRIDAY 4th AUGUST

  1. A Photo of you – emailed to smcmart@yahoo.co.uk
  2. A short biography of no more than 300 words – emailed to smcmart@yahoo.co.uk
  3. Any interesting points that you would like the host to ask you about – emailed to sorcha@cboi.ie
  4. If you are using backing tracks, email 2 backing tracks (one for the semifinal and one for the final) to smcmart@yahoo.co.uk Please ensure there are no vocals on your backing track. PLEASE NOTE: Make sure you send the backing tracks as an audio fileNo links to youtube will be accepted. If they need to download something from youtube to use this site http://mp3-youtube-converter.com

2) VENUE & DETAILS

The Semifinals and Final of The Soloist 2017 will take place in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin, commencing at 11am on Sunday 13th August. (The Green carpark at Dundrum Shopping Centre is very convenient to the venue).

The running order for the competition is below.

  • SEMIFINAL 1) 11am – 1pm
  • SEMIFINAL 2)  2pm – 4pm
  • FINAL               5pm 

Competitors should be in attendance from 10:30am (for SEMIFINAL 1 / GROUP 1) and 1:30pm (for SEMIFINAL 2 / GROUP 2). A warm-up room will be available for competitors

All competitors must sign in on arrival.

Minors (those under 18 yrs) must be accompanied by an adult.

From the 50 Semifinalists, a minimum of 10 will be selected to go through to the Final. 

The winner of The Soloist 2017 will be announced that evening.

3) YOUR PERFORMANCE

Semifinalists should prepare 2 pieces – the 1st piece for the Semifinal, and the 2nd piece for the Final – should you succeed in qualifying.

Each Contestant will have a maximum of 4 minutes to perform

A sound system and microphone will be in place. 

If you are using backing tracks, they must be emailed in advance to smcmart@yahoo.co.uk  

Vocalists should NOT accompany themselves. If you are using an accompanist, please note, a full size KEYBOARD will be available. A piano WILL NOT  be available. 

If you are using a guitar accompanist or any other form of accompaniment, you must ensure that you bring everything you need.

No props will be allowed

There will be NO special lighting. White lighting ONLY will be used.

DRESS CODE: Please dress as you would for a formal performance.

4) MC 

Contestants will be asked to talk a little about themselves before they perform. 

 

5) JUDGING CRITERIA

Contestants will be judged based on their performance. The following factors will be taken into account:

  1. Talent
  2. Presentation and performance
  3. Personality, charisma and ability to communicate with, and engage small and large audiences.
  4. Suitability of chosen material
  5. Suitability of the competitor to perform with the CBOI (a full symphony orchestra),  and represent Ireland nationally and Internationally before potential audiences of up to 10,000.
  6. Potential for development
 

6) VERY IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE WINNER 

The winner of The Soloist 2017 will perform with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland on the dates listed below and on any other dates that may arise:

January “18

Sat 20

2pm & 8pm

Concert

NUI, Galway

 

Sun 21

2pm & 8pm

Concert

NUI, Galway

 

Sat 27

3pm

Concert

Echo Arena, Liverpool

February ‘18

Sat 3

2pm & 8pm

Concert

Simmonscourt Arena, RDS, Dublin

 

Sun 4

2pm & 8pm

Concert

Simmonscourt Arena, RDS, Dublin

 

Sun 25

3pm

Concert

SSE Arena, Belfast

March ‘18

Sat 3

2pm & 8pm

Concert

Hub, Kilkenny

 

Sun 4

2pm & 8pm

Concert

Hub, Kilkenny

 

Sat 10

Concert / Tour potential

 

 

Sun 11

Concert / Tour potential

 

 

Sat 17

Concert / Not confirmed

Newry

 

Sun 18

Concert / Not confirmed

Newry

April ‘18

Easter

 

 

Tour Potential

If you are not available for all of these dates, please withdraw from the competition. The Winner must also attend CBOI rehearsals in Dundalk on Sundays in advance of concerts. 

A trophy will be presented to the winner on the night.

The €1,000 cash prize is payable upon completion of all the above concerts. 

The CBOI will decide the performance programme for all concerts. The winner will perform one or more solos with the CBOI and may also be expected to perform as part of a vocal duet or ensemble, or with a large group. The winning contestant must perform material requested by the CBOI.

There may be more than winner of this competition. 

 

7) AUDIENCE TICKETS

A limited number of Audience tickets will be on sale for the Semi final and Final. Tickets are available on the Soloist website or by clicking the link below. A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door.

Individual ticket €10

Group ticket (group of 5) €40  

Buy tickets for The Soloist 2017 at Mill Theatre,, Sun 13 August 2017

EOIN HYNES & ZENA DONNELLY – WINNERS OF THE SOLOIST 2016.

On Sunday 14th August, The Freemason’s Hall was gripped by captivating performances from 50 of the Nation’s most promising and talented young musicians and singers who had made it through to the Semi Final of The Soloist 2016.

17 were selected to go through to the Final and from the outset it was clear that picking a single winner would be a challenge. It has to be said that the talent of all the young performers who reached the Final, was breathtaking, and any one of them would have been a worthy recipient of the title. Many of the final performances were stunningly beautiful and flawless. At the end of a very intense and wonderful competition, joint winners were announced – Eoin Hynes, from Co. Galway, and Zena Donnelly from Co. Dublin.

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The finalists were:
Back Row L-R: Heather Fogarty, Laois; Clare Celine Quinn, Galway; Aine Carroll, Cork; Lisa-Rose McMahon, Monaghan; Orla Sheridan, Monaghan; Yvonne O’Toole, Limerick; Laura Ann Carroll, Wexford.
Middle Row L-R: Melissa Anne Murphy, Galway; Katie Weir, Dublin; Zena Donnelly, Dublin; Aimee Banks, Galway; Jessica Owens, Meath.
Front Row L-R: Oisín Nee, Letterkenny; David Kennedy, Galway; Eoin Hynes, Dublin; Usna James MacErlane, Fermanagh; Leanne Fitzgerald, Kerry.

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Tenor, Eoin is an honours graduate of N.U.I. Maynooth and D.I.T. Conservatory of Music and Drama where he trained under Emmanuel Lawlor and Trudi Carberry. He is a multiple prize-winner at Dublin Feis Ceoil and has performed with outstanding acclaim in many operas and as soloist with numerous ensembles including the RTE Concert and Symphony orchestras.

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13 year-old Zena Donnelly has performed on National TV on multiple occasions and has achieved great acclaim despite her young age. Most notably, she has performed as soloist in ‘Voice in a Million’ at Wembley Arena; at the ‘UN World Peace Party’, and at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Royal Gala Performance. Zena also performed alongside Olly Murs, Jedward, Boyzone and Mc Busted at the Cheerios Childline Concert in 2015.

We are thrilled to be bringing these two stellar performers on board and are hugely looking forward to showcasing their talent to audiences across Ireland and the UK in the coming year. This year’s lucky winners will join the CBOI as they perform to over 30,000 people in iconic venues including the RDS, Dublin; the Odyssey Arena, Belfast and The Echo Arena in Liverpool. In addition to this unique opportunity, the winners will also receive a €1,000 cash prize.

 

Huge thanks to our judging panel whose impossible thanks it was to select the winners: Cherrie McElwaine, Maggie Doyle, Patricia Treacy, Sarah McCann and Philip Ferguson.

Sharon Treacy-Dunne, CEO of the CBOI, said: “Thanks to sponsorship from HMV and the Freemason’s Hall, the Soloist has managed to grow even bigger this year. The talent at this years’s competition was astounding and we are thrilled that two young outstanding performers will join the CBOI on stage for Peace Proms 2017. Congratulations to all of our finalists, semi-finalists , and indeed everyone who entered the competition. Sincere thanks to thank Paul McGowan, CEO Hilco Capital and owner of HMV, for his continued support of the CBOI.”

HMV EXCLUSIVELY REVEAL THE SOLOIST 2015 SEMI-FINALISTS 

HMV EXCLUSIVELY REVEAL THE SOLOIST 2015 SEMI-FINALISTS 

As proud sponsor of The Soloist 2015, hmv are delighted to reveal the performers that are going through to the semi-final of this year’s talent competition, organised by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI).

Out of over 450 singers, musicians and dancers who entered, 35 semi-finalists were picked from all corners of the island and will perform live in front of a panel of judges on Sunday 9th of August from 2pm, in the historic Freemasons’ Hall on Molesworth St in Dublin. The top 10 scoring performers will go on to compete in The Soloists Final, which is taking place later that day in the same venue.

This year’s lucky winner will join the CBOI, a full symphony orchestra comprised of over 100 young musicians from North and South of the border, as they perform to over 30,000 people nationwide in some of Ireland’s most iconic venues, including the RDS in Dublin and the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. In addition to this unique opportunity, the winner will also receive a €1,000 cash prize.

Paul McGowan, CEO of hmv owners Hilco Capital, said: “hmv are proud supporters of Irish music, so we’re delighted to be involved with such a wonderful initiative. The Soloist has already unearthed some seriously talented Irish performers and the standard of this year’s competition has been really high. We’re confident that we’ll be able to follow through on our promise of finding Ireland’s next big talent and look forward to seeing what the finalist have to offer on the day.”

Sharon Treacy-Dunne, CEO of the CBOI, said: “Under the sponsorship of hmv, The Soloist has managed to grow even bigger this year. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the semi-finalists on making it through to the live finals, and indeed to everyone who entered the competition. I’d also like to thank Paul McGowan, CEO of hmv owners Hilco Capital, for his continued support of the CBOI as we endeavour to find Ireland’s next big talent.

This is the second year The Soloist has taken place, and the first year hmv have sponsored it. Last year’s competition was a rousing success, culminating with 17-year-old singer Megan Ruby Walsh from Navan, Co Meath winning the coveted prize.

For more information check out www.thesoloist.ie

The full list of semi-finalists for The Soloist 2015 are:

  • Zoe Talbot – Swords, Co.Dublin – Singer (Musical Theatre)
  • Labhaoise Mchugh – Skerries, Co.Dublin – Singer (Musical Theatre)
  • Luke Kehoe Roche – Rathgar, Dublin – Violin (Classical)
  • Matt Rafter – Naas, Co. Kildare – Cello (Rock/ Classical Crossover)
  • Kevin Neary – Ballinasloe, Co. Galway – Guitar / Singer (Pop / Acoustic)
  • Helen Keenan – Tydavnet, Co. Monaghan – Singer (Classical)
  • Catherine Mulcahy – Pallaskenr, Co. Limerick – Guitar (Pop)
  • Danielle Rogan – Craigavon, Co Armagh – Flute (Classical)
  • Chris Moriarty-Pearson – Celbridge, Co.Kildare – Clarinet (Classical)
  • Fionnuala Quinn – Dundalk, Co. Louth – Singer (Classical)
  • Donnchadh Hughes –  Dundalk, Co. Louth – Flute (Traditional Irish)
  • Katie O’Connor – Clarehill, Dublin – Singer (Pop / Jazz)
  • Philippa Carson – Ballsbridge, Dublin – Singer (Musical Theatre)
  • Daniel Kerr – Ballyclare, Co Antrim – (Musical Theatre)
  • Maria Meagher – Newry, Co. Down – Singer (Classical)
  • Aimee Banks – Moycullen, Galway – Singer (Classical)
  • Deirdre Anne Higgins – Moate, Co. Westmeath – Singer (Classical / Musical Theatre)
  • Orlaith Mulholland – Dundalk, Co. Louth – Singer (Classical)
  • Georgiana Malone – Enfeild, Co Meath – Singer (Classical)
  • Bianca Cristina Lucaci – Dublin – Singer/ Piano (Pop)
  • Aoife Brennan – Kells, Kilkenny – Singer / Piano (Pop/ Jazz / Classical)
  • Tara McNeill – Sandyford, Dublin – Voice / Violin / Harp (Celtic Classic Crossover)
  • Dana Dempsey – Santry, Dublin 9 – Singer (Pop)
  • Grace Evans – Kilquade, Co. Wicklow – Singer (Musical Theatre)
  • Leanna Marie Carragher – Bellurgan, Dundalk – Singer (Musical Theatre)
  • Melissa Murphy – Lexlip, Co. Kildare – Singer (Classical)
  • Clare Quinn – Renmore, Galway – Singer (Classical)
  • Sionan Mullan – Ballynahinch, Co Down – Singer (Classical / Contemporary)
  • Andrea Snyder – Co. Kilkenny – Singer (Pop)
  • Sinead Mary O Donovan – Clonmel, Tipperary – Singer (Classical/Musical Theatre)
  • Sinead Curran – Drogheda, Co. Louth – Singer (Musical Theatre, Country, Pop, Jazz)
  • Cian Brenan Gavin – Mullingar, Co. Westmeath – Singer (Classical/Musical Theatre)
  • Daniel Kearney – Dungarvan, Co Waterford – Piano (Classical)
  • Cheryl Ann Mccullagh – Singer (Country/ Pop / Jazz / Musical Theatre)
  • Sarah Richmond – Carrickfergus, Co Antrim – Singer (Classical)

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2015 SemiFinalists Announced

 

 

THE SOLOIST 2015 SEMIFINALISTSSemifinal will be held in the Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth St., Dublin, at 2pm on Sunday 9th August. The final will follw directly after the semifinal.
Name Address 3 Voice Genre
1. Zoe Talbot Swords, Co.Dublin. Voice Musical Theatre
2. Labhaoise McHugh Skerries, Co Dublin Voice Musical Theatre
3. Luke Kehoe Roche Rathgar, Dublin 6 Violin Classical
4. Matt Rafter Naas, Co. Kildare Cello Rock/Classical Crossover
5. Kevin Neary Ballinasloe, Co. Galway Guitar, Voice Pop, Acoustic
6. Helen Keenan Tydavnet, Co. Monaghan Voice Classical
7. Catherine Mulcahy Pallaskenr, Co. Limerick Guitar Pop
8. Danielle Rogan Craigavon Flute Classical
9. Chris Moriarty-Pearson Celbridge, Co.Kildare Clarinet Classical
10. Fionnuala Quinn  Dundalk, Co. Louth Voice Classical
11. Donnchadh Hughes Dundalk Co.Louth Flute Traditional Irish
12. Katie O’ Connor Clarehill, Dublin 13 Voice Pop & Jazz
13. Philippa Carson Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 Voice Musical Theatre
14. Daniel Kerr Ballyclare, N.I. Musical Theatre
15. Maria Meagher Newry, Co. Down, N.I. Voice Classical
16. Aimee Banks Moycullen, Galway Voice Classical
17. Deirdre Anne Higgins` Moate, Co. Westmeath Voice Classical/Musical Theatre
18. Orlaith Mulholland Dundalk, Co. Louth Voice Classical
19. Georgiana Malone Longwood, Enfeild Voice Classical
20. Bianca Cristina Lucaci Dublin 1 Piano  /Voice Pop
21. Aoife Brennan Kells, Kilkenny Voice /Piano Pop,Jazz,Classical
22. Tara Mcneill Sandyford, Dublin Voice/Violin/Harp Celtic Classical Crossover
23. Dana Dempsey  Snatry, Dublin 9 Voice Pop
24. Grace Evans Kilquade, Co. Wicklow Voice Musical Theatre
25. Leanna Marie Carragher Bellurgan, Dundalk Voice Musical Theatre
26. Melissa Murohy Lexlip, Co. Kildare Voice Classical
27. Clare Quinn  Renmore, Galway City Voice Classical Crossover
28. Sionan Mullan Ballynahinch, Co Down Voice Classical/ Contemporary
29. Andrea Snyder Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny Voice Pop
30. Sinead Mary O Donovan Clonmel, Tipperary Voice Classical/Musical Theatre
31. Sinead Curran Grange Rath, Drogheda, Co. Louth Voice (Alto) Musical Theatre, Country, Pop, Jazz
32. Cian Brenan Gavin Mullingar, Co. Westmeath Voice Classical/ Musical Theatre
33. Daniel Kearney Dungarvan, Co. Waterford Piano Classical
34. Cheryl Ann Mccullagh New York, NY Voice Country Pop Jazz Musical Theatre
35. Sarah Richmond Carrickfergus, Co Antrim Mezzo Soprano Classical

 

 

CBOI PERFORMS AT HMV, GRAFTON ST. FOR SOLOIST LAUNCH


Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland Members perform with “The Soloist 2014″ Winner,

Megan Ruby Walsh outside HMV – Grafton Street, Dublin for the launch of “The Soloist 2015″ Competition.

 

One lucky winner will win €1000 and perform to an audience of over 30,000 with the CBOI in venues like The RDS Arena,

Dublin and The Odyssey Arena, Belfast. The Soloist 2015 is open to Singers, Dancers and Musicians between the ages of

12 and 30. Enter now at www.thesoloist.ie.

 

The Soloist 2015 is proudly sponsored by HMV Ireland.

HMV JOINS FORCES WITH CROSS BORDER ORCHESTRA OF IRELAND TO SPONSOR SOLOIST COMPETITION

PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday, 24th June, 2015

 

HMV JOINS FORCES WITH CROSS BORDER ORCHESTRA OF IRELAND

TO SPONSOR SOLOIST COMPETITION

HMV announced today that it will be the main sponsor of this year’s The Soloist talent competition, organised by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI).

HMV will be working closely with the CBOI, a full symphony orchestra comprised solely of young people, to find Ireland’s next big amateur singer, musician or dancer. The Soloist is open to performers between the ages of 12 and 30, and all music genres, from pop to classical to jazz, will be welcomed.

The Soloist 2015 will offer the lucky winner the chance to join the CBOI and perform with them to over 30,000 people nationwide in some of Ireland’s most iconic venues, including the RDS in Dublin and the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. The winner will also receive a €1,000 cash prize.

The registration fee is just €10, with entrants required to upload a video clip of themselves showcasing their talent. The closing date for entries is Friday 24th July, and you can apply at www.thesoloist.ie. The lucky semi finalists will then be invited to perform live for a panel of judges on Saturday 8th August, with the final taking place the following day.

Paul McGowan, CEO of HMV owners Hilco Capital, said: “HMV has always been a strong supporter of Irish music, and The Soloist is the ultimate showcase of young Irish talent. Through this unique competition, which HMV are proudly sponsoring this year, we’re confident that we can uncover Ireland’s next big musician. There’s so much talent in Ireland, and we encourage everyone out there, whether a singer, dancer or musician, to enter The Soloist and show us what you can do!”

Sharon Treacy-Dunne, CEO, Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, added: “The CBOI is absolutely thrilled that HMV has come on board as lead sponsors for The Soloist 2015 and we are so thrilled to partner with them.  Last year’s competition got off to a great start, but with HMV on board this year, The Soloist competition has the potential to develop into Ireland’s most exciting talent search. Paul McGowan, CEO of Hilco Capital, has been a huge supporter of the CBOI for many years and we are delighted to have the backing of HMV and Paul once again.”

This is the second year The Soloist has taken place, and the first year HMV have sponsored it. Last year’s competition was a rousing success, culminating with 17-year-old singer Megan Ruby Walsh from Navan, Co Meath winning the coveted prize.

Speaking about her experience since last year’s stunning victory, Ms Walsh said: “The past year has been incredible. There are not enough words to describe my time with the CBOI. From performing in the biggest venues around Ireland to walking out onto the Carnegie Hall stage last October, it has all been incredible. To perform to huge audiences in the RDS Dublin and the Odyssey Belfast was an experience that cannot be described. I grew enormously in both experience and confidence. Both the orchestra and the people who work with them are so welcoming and amazing. I’ve had the best year of my life.”

About Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland:

The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) was set up in 1995 as a peace initiative shortly after the end of violence in Northern Ireland. The orchestra encouraged young musicians from North and South of the border to integrate regardless of political or religious background, and since then they have gained international recognition for encouraging peace and reconciliation throughout the island of Ireland.

In 2004 the orchestra shifted focus to supporting the arts by establishing an all-island choral programme. The programme, called Peace Proms, gives young choirs the chance to perform with a full symphony orchestra in a wide variety of styles and genres. Peace Proms has grown considerably since it was set up, with over 17,000 children from 500 schools participating in Peace Proms each year.

Today, the orchestra has over 100 dedicated and talented young musicians from all over the island. Along with performing in front of thousands of people at the country’s top venues, the orchestra has also performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Hillsborough Castle. They have also performed at several international venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York; the Royal Albert Hall, London; the Oriental Arts Centre, Shanghai; the Boston Symphony Hall and the Chicago Symphony Hall.

 

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