Joan Trimble Bursary Awards for three accomplished young musicians


Grants have been awarded to three local young people by the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards, supporting the students to cover costs including summer schools as they progress in their musical development.



Left - Lauri McCusker Director of the Fermanagh Trust and Matthew Murphy. Right - Emily Graham and Eavan Gribbin



Established by her family and administered by the Fermanagh Trust, the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards were set up in memory of the Enniskillen born musician and composer. The Awards recognise Joan’s lifelong commitment to County Fermanagh and their purpose is to encourage the involvement of young people in creativity, the performing arts and Irish culture.

Matthew Murphy from Enniskillen is currently reading history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Matthew will use his bursary to attend the Association of Irish Choirs International Choral Conducting Summer School in August. The course will include one to one lessons with a range of international tutors.

Later this year Matthew will become the Senior Organ Scholar at his college, giving him increased conducting and directing responsibilities, as well as the freedom to explore new repertoire and shape the direction of the choir with plans to tour and produce a CD. Attending this summer school will give Matthew an invaluable insight and essential grounding as he embarks of becoming Senior Organ Scholar and the many challenges and opportunities this will present. An excellent opportunity to help fulfil ambitions for the Corpus Christi Choir as well as the many choirs in Fermanagh that he is a part of.

Mount Lourdes students Emily Graham and Eavan Gribbin have also received awards. They will use their bursaries to attend the WELB Youth Orchestra Tour of Belgium this July. Both girls are members of their school’s Senior Choir. Emily is working towards achieving Grade 6 in cello as well as Grade 8 in piano while Eavan is working towards Grade 7 in violin.

Emily and Eavan have been praised by their teachers as reliable and conscientious students with lots of musical potential. Both keen to further their musical aspirations by showing the commitment required to reach the highest levels of musicianship. As well as a number of lessons part of the orchestra’s trip to Belgium includes giving 3 concerts in the cities of Bruges, Brussels and Ghent. They are excited to have the chance to demonstrate their musical talent and passion to young people living in the region.

Caroline Gant, daughter of the late Joan Trimble, commented “I’m delighted the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards are able to help Matthew, Emily and Eavan participate in these opportunities and we wish them every success in the future. It’s great to see the talent and commitment they have and no doubt they will gain inspiration and valuable experience.”

For more information on the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards CLICK HERE. Applications are considered three times per year, with the following deadlines: 1st November,1st March and 1st May. Areas of support for individuals up to and including 25 years of age include: specialist education training sessions and courses; international cultural programmes; participation in master classes and summer schools.



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