Joan Trimble Bursary Awards supporting gifted young people attend summer schools


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


(L-R) Eibhlinn Fee, Mimi Millmore, Ashley Smith and Lauri McCusker, Director of the Fermanagh Trust


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.

Eibhlinn Fee, 3rd year student at Mount Lourdes, was awarded her bursary to attend a musical theatre residential school this summer in Dublin. The course is taught by leading professionals and will provide practical experience in voice, acting and movement, musical theatre and dance.

Rose Connolly will also be travelling to Dublin this summer. Her grant award will be used to attend the Irish Composition Summer School, which offers a range of lectures and demonstrations from internationally renowned composers. Rose is hoping to study music composition at University.

Saxophone player Ashley Smith will use his bursary to attend the Ulster Youth Orchestra’s residential course and tour. This will consist of intensive teaching and rehearsals led by professional musicians. Following this the orchestra will then travel to Europe to perform in Vienna and Bratislava before returning to perform in the Ulster Hall in Belfast. Ashley is hoping to continue his music studies at Queens University.

Piper Maeve McCann is currently an undergraduate student at Trinity College Dublin and is keen to further her talent of Uileann Pipes, taking part in opportunities that will help that progression. Her bursary will be used to assist with instrument costs. In Dublin, Maeve is heavily involved in the Traditional Irish Music Scene.

Finally, South West College student Mimi Millmore is hoping to pursue a career in acting for film and television. Mimi was awarded her bursary to attend the prestigious Met Film Young Actors Summer Camp in London. The experience will be an intensive immersion in the art of acting, with numerous filmed exercise and detailed feedback.

Joanna McVey, daughter of the late Joan Trimble commented “The range of activities and summer schools show the opportunities that are out there and we’re delighted to support these talented young people in their endeavours. No doubt they will gain valuable experience and the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards are pleased to be able to encourage wider access to the arts in this way.”

For more information on the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards CLICK HERE. Next closing date for applications is 1st March 2019.



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