Pictured is 16-year-old Bláithín Norah Farrell who performed a Mozart Concerto in Trinity College Dublin recently. The Concerto was performed with the RIAM Chamber Orchestra under the baton of the renowned pianist and conductor Finghin Collins.
To reach the level of a Concerto performance requires an extremely high standard of playing which can only be achieved with dedication, hard work and of course no small amount of talent.
Since beginning her piano studies at the age of six, with her father Kevin in Glenfarne, Bláithín has displayed all of these necessary criteria.
Along the way she has received many accolades such as sitting her grade 8 exam at the age of fourteen and obtaining an incredible mark of 97% for which she received a High Achiever Award from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
She is also a repeated prize winner in the Dublin E.S.B. Feis Ceoil, the Sligo Feis Ceoil, the E.P.T.A. Piano Competition ( at the N.C.H. ) and the RIAM Pianofest. She has also performed her first solo piano recital.
Also vital to success is of course, a good support system.
Bláithín has had that from her parents and family but what must not be forgotten is the support she received from her schools.
Bláithín has received, and would like to acknowledge the fact, full and unquestioned support from both schools which she has attended.
First from Josephine Gallery and all the teachers in St. Michael’s National school in Glenfarne.
Secondly and especially from Ceola McGowan and all the teachers in St Clare’s Comprehensive Manorhamilton where Bláithín is currently a 6th year pupil.
Bláithín will be sitting her Leaving Cert. this year, and she hopes to begin a B.Mus. Performers Degree in the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she has already been studying music for four years under Colma Brioscú, John O’Conor and Réamonn Keary.
Congratulations to Bláithín and one would think that we will be hearing a lot more from this exceptionally talented young pianist in the years to come.