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Ó Riada Trophy Winners 1972-2013

 

Sean O Riada

1972-2003 Trophy Presented by the Irish Federation of Musicians and Associated Professions

1972-1975: For the best performance by an amateur choir of an original part song or folk song arrangement by an Irish composer with Irish text, sung within the framework of the competitions:

1972 Cantairí Coláiste na hOllscoile, Galway, conducted by Brendan O’Connor, for their performance of Réamonn Ó Frighil’s Casaidh Cam no Feadarna

*1973 Cantairí Coláiste na hOllscoile, Galway, conducted by Brendan O’Connor, for their performance of Pilib Ó Laoghaire’s Eirigí Suas (set piece Competition B)? or for Bodley’s Laoi Cáinte an Tombac?

1974 St Stephens Singers University College Dublin, conducted by Margaret O’Sullivan, for their performance of Derek Ball’s Mangaire

1975 Cantairí Coláiste na hOllscoile, Galway, conducted by Brendan O’Connor, for their performance of Seán Ó Riada’s Ceathrúntaí Éagsúla

1976 For the best setting by an Irish composer of the poem Siollabadh by Seán Ó Riordáin (no performance required)

1976 1st: Jane O’Leary AND Michael Dawney, Cork; 2nd: John Gibson, Dublin

1977 For the best setting by an Irish composer of the poem Aitinn by Máire Mac an tSaoi (no performance required)

1977 Jerome de Bromhead, Dublin: Bláth an Aitinn

1978 For the best setting by an Irish composer of a poem in Irish chosen by the composer (no performance required)

1978 1st: Jerome de Bromhead, Dublin: Iomrámh; 2nd: Eric Sweeney, Dublin: Gloria

1979 Irish choirs were invited to commission an Irish composer to set a poem in Irish by Pádraig Pearse; performances took place in the University during the Seminar on Contemporry Choral Music; the adjudicators were the Seminar commissioned composers.

1979 1st: Séamas de Barra, Cork: A Chinn Aluinn, commissioned by the University College Chamber Choir, Cork, conducted by Geoffrey Spratt; 2nd: Philip Edmondson, Kilkenny: A Éin Bhig, commissioned by the Camerata Choir, conducted by David Milne

1980–2000 Up to four Irish choirs were invited and funded by the Festival to commission an Irish composer to set a poem in Irish. The commissioning choirs performed the works in the University during the Seminar on Contemporary Choral Music; the adjudicators were the Seminar commissioned composers. From 1985 the works were performed at the Festival as well. It was emphasised that awards were made on the merits of the score rather than performance.

1980 1st: Alan Cutts, Wexford: An tEarrach Thiar, commissioned by the Wexford Youth Choir, conducted by Alan Cutts; 2nd: Aodhan Ó Cearrbhail, Tralee: Ranna Do Linbh, commissioned by Madrigal ‘80, Tralee Co. Kerry, conducted by Aodhan Ó Cearrbhail

1981 1st: Séamas de Barra, Cork: An Tonn, words by Seán Mac Fheorais, commissioned by Cantairí Mhuscraí, Ballincollig Co. Cork, conducted by John Fitzpatrick; 2nd: Michael Holohan, Dublin: Stroinn, commissioned by the Parnassian Singers, Dublin, conducted by Michael Holohan

1982 1st: Michael Holohan, Dublin: Bagairt na Marbh, words by Seán Ó Ríordáin, commissioned by the Parnassian Singers, conducted by Michael Holohan; 2nd: Oliver Hynes, Dublin: An Cat, words by Seán Ó Ríordáin, commissioned by the Goethe Institute Choir, Dublin, conducted by Cáit Lanigan-Cooper

1983 No award

1984 1st: Rhona Clarke, Dublin: Suantraí Ghráinne, commissioned by the Lindsay Singers, conducted by Ethna Barror, Dublin; 2nd: Oliver Hynes: An Dall Sa Stiuideo, commissioned by the Cork School of Music Choir, conducted by Declan Townsend

1985 Hugh Kelly: Treall, commissioned by Choir of University College Cork, conducted by Geoffrey Spratt

1986 Michael McGlynn: Triar Laoch, Dublin, commissioned by University College Chamber Choir, Dublin, conducted by Michael McGlynn

1987 No entries

1988 Kevin O’Connell, Derry: Fáilte don éan, commissioned by St Eugene’s Cathedral Choir, Derry, N. Ireland, conducted by Donal Doherty

1989 1st: No award; 2nd: Marian Ingoldsby, Carrick-on-Suir: Díomá, commissioned by Cois Cladaigh, Galway, conducted by Brendan O’Connor

1990 Michael McGlynn: Dírgidh bhar sleagha sealga, commissioned by An Uaithne, Dublin, conducted by Michael McGlynn

1991 Andrew Synott, Dublin: Guthanna, commissioned by Trinity College Singers, Dublin, conducted by Andrew Synott

1992 No entries

1993 Marian Ingoldsby, Carrick-on-Suir: Urnaí don Mhaighdean Mhuire, commissioned by Madrigallery; Waterford, conducted by Jenifer Long

1994 John O’Connor, Cork: Guthanna (words by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill), commissioned by Cantairí Mhuscraí, Ballincollig Co. Cork, conducted by John O'Connor

*1995 Brian Ó Dubhghaill, Dublin ?? commissioned by Cantairí Óga Atha Cliath, conducted by Brian Ó Dubhghaill

*1996 Gerard Victory, Dublin: Charleroi, commissioned by the Lindsay Singers, Dublin, conducted by Ethna Barror

1997 Maria Judge: Faoiseamh a Gheobhadsa (words: Mairtín Ó Direáin), commissioned by Cantairí Béal Atha hAmhnais, Co. Mayo, conducted by Pauline McGarry

*1998 Frank Garvey, Cork, commissioned by the Carrigaline Ladies Choir, Co. Cork conducted by Frank Garvey/ Carragline Singers

1999 Oliver Hynes, Carlow: Fothrach Tí i Mín na Craoibhe (words: Cathal Ó Searcaigh) commissioned by Dublin Mount Sackville Chapelizod choir, conducted by Aideen Lane

2000 Mark Keane, Galway: The Lord bless you and keep you. Psalm 94, commissioned by the Galway Boy Singers, conducted by Mark Keane

2001 No festival

2002 – 2009 No competitions

From 2010: For a new choral work by a composer born or residing in Ireland; adjudicators: chairperson of the Seminar on Contemporary Choral Music, commissioned composer, conductor of the Choir-in-Residence. The winning work is performed and analysed at the Seminar

2010 Simon Mac Hale: With Heart and Soul and Voice, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier

2011 Patrick Connolly: Geimhridh, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier

2012 Frank Corcoran: Two Unholy Haikus, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier

2013 Solfa Carlile: Upon the Rose, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier

2014 Donal MacErlaine: Solomon Grundy, Chamber Choir Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier

Revised and updated from Cork International Choral Festival 1954-2004: A Celebration, Ed. Ruth Fleischmann, Cork 2004, p. 560-1.