4 September 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

There’s good news for Monaghan’s classical teens as the Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards for sixth years is going ahead this year, with a €5,000 prize for the winner. Violinist Mia Cooper, leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (pictured) at the photocall to launch the search for entries for the largest such competition for secondary schools in Ireland. The Awards were created in 2001 by Emmet O’Rafferty, chairman of the Top Security Group to honour the memory of his late teacher, Fr Frank Maher, a pioneer in the nurturing of musical talent in secondary schools. Emmet said, “Life must go on and we believe it is important to keep supporting young musical talent, now more than ever. From feedback we’ve received, the Frank Maher Awards are not only a vital financial boost to the winner, but also securing a place in the finals itself is an important achievement…

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