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RDS Music Bursary Programme Previous Winners

The RDS Music Bursary Programme is made up of three awards.

RDS Music Bursary

With a prize fund of €15,000, the RDS Music Bursary is one of the largest music bursaries in Europe. The Bursary is intended to assist a young professional musician develop their career through further study at home or abroad or for the purchase of a suitable musical instrument. In addition to the €15,000 Bursary, the winner also receives a professional performance engagement with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and an additional engagement in London with Irish Heritage – a voluntary arts organisation established in 1974 to promote young Irish classical musicians and composers in Great Britain.

 2019                       Kevin Jansson

2018 Killian White
2017 Sarah Brady
2016 Aoife Gibney
2015 Patrick Rafter
2014 Clara Daly Donnellan
2013 Kelley Lonergan
2012 Máire Carroll
2011 Róisín Walters
2010 Joseph Ryan
2009 Patrick Hughes
2008 Maria Ryan
2007 Anna Devin
2006 Sarah Power
2005 Aisling Seery
2004 Mairead Buicke
2003 Redmond O'Toole

RDS Jago Award

Thanks to the generous support of Tom and Ann Jago, the Bursary now has a second award of €5,000, called the RDS Jago Award. This award also comes with a performance opportunity with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

2019                         Amy Gillen

2018 Christopher Moriarty
2017 Miriam Kaczor


RDS Collins Memorial Performance Award

Former winners of the RDS Music Bursary have the chance to be selected annually for a performance award which has been created thanks to the support of Michael and Loret O'Brien. The RDS Collins Memorial Performance Award is in association with the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (formerly Lismore Opera Festival). A previous RDS Music Bursary Winner will be selected annually by the Artistic Director of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and will be given a performance opportunity at the Festival which takes place in June annually in Lismore, Co. Waterford.

2019                                   Killian White 

2018 Máire Carroll
2017 Patrick Rafter


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