Stillorgan students reaches final of tough competition

by Rebecca Ryan
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A Stillorgan student has hit top notes at a tough classical music competition.

Jane Brazil (18) is a sixth-year student at Mount Anville in Goatstown and was one of only seven finalists at Ireland’s largest competition for secondary schools, the 2018 Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards.

Jane was presented with a €300 bursary by Emmet O’Rafferty, chairman of the Top Security Group.

The other Dublin finalist was Alana McManus (17) from Sutton Park School who plays classical guitar.

Other finalists were from Sutton in Dublin, Down, Cork, Dundalk and the winner of the €5,000 top prize was pianist Kevin Jansson from Cork.

Speaking of this great achievement, Jane told Dublin Gazette she was “absolutely delighted” to make it to the final.

“I have been aware of the Fr. Frank Maher awards for the past few years, and to actually be a finalist was a wonderful experience.

“It was a great honour to play on the night alongside the six other finalists in such a beautiful venue as the College of Physicians.”

Jane intends to continue to participate both nationally and internationally in competitions.

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