Catherine Judge Memorial Award
On the afternoon of Saturday 18th April in the Great Hall of Queen's University, Philip Kenedy of Year 14 took part in the final of the Catherine Judge Memorial Award. This prestigious award is open to the best students who have achieved Grade 8 in their chosen discipline and who intend to pursue full-time study at third level in music.
Accompanied by Director of Music, Jonathan Rea, Philip performed a short ten minute recital which contained three pieces: Why does the God of Israel Sleep? by Handel from his oratorio Samson; Traume from the Wesendonck Lieder by Wagner and Ivor Gurney's setting of Yeats's poem Down by the Salley Gardens.
The winner was percussionist Emma King of Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch, who receives a bursary of £5000 and the opportunity to perform a concerto with the DIT Symphony Orchestra, but Philip was undoubtedly, by common expert consent, one of the outstanding performers; his singing of the Wagner piece was the highlight of the afternoon for many.
It was, in the words of one member of the audience, a "simply fabulous afternoon" with performances of the highest quality and an inspirational speech by the chairman of judges, conductor David Brophy. The whole Bangor Grammar School community can be immensely proud of Philip and his achievements.