Top Security / Frank Maher Classical Music Awards 2021 | Applications Open

Applications are open for the Top Security / Frank Maher Classical Music Awards for 2021 from sixth-year students of string, woodwind, brass and piano. 

The Frank Maher Classical Music Awards were established in 2001 and are sponsored by the Top Security Group to honour the late teacher at Castleknock College from 1959-1998.

The Award’s aim is to promote musical life, assist cultural exchange and promote young and talented musicians. The winner’s bursary of €5,000 is one of the largest classical music awards in Ireland.

Past winners have used their bursary to attend many of the world’s most renowned music Academies such as Julliard School New York, Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, Royal College of Music in London, Shenandoah University, Virginia, U.S.A., Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique et de Danse Paris, Kronberg Academy Germany, Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, Texas, RAM London to name but a few.

The Competition is open to sixth-year students attending any Post Primary School nationwide. From the applications received an independent Board of Adjudicators decide and select the Finalists to attend.


The €5,000 bursary will be used by the winner to attend a recognised place of tuition, a course of study in Ireland or abroad or on a purchase necessary for the development of their talent. The finalists will each receive a €300 bursary. 

The closing date for this year’s entries is Friday, 8 October 2021 at 5pm.

A maximum of seven finalists will be selected by an independent board of adjudicators to attend the competition night on Friday, 29 October 2021.

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