5,000 young musicians face the music in the RDS as ESB Feis Ceoil returns for 2017

  • RDS Competition Dates: Monday March 27-Friday April 7, 2017
  • Gala Concert at National Concert Hall: 7.30pm, Wednesday April 26, 2017

13 March 2017

This beloved classical music festival has been held annually before Easter in Dublin since 1896, and attracts over 5,000 participants from all over Ireland.

A showcase performance of the most outstanding competitors from this year’s Festival will perform at a special Gala Concert in the National Concert Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday April 26th.

“ESB Feis Ceoil is an event of major significance in the development of musical talent in Ireland,” said Laura Gilsenan, CEO of ESB Feis Ceoil. “By promoting excellence in learning and performing music we can equip young musicians with skills that can last them a lifetime.”

The competitions at Feis are open to everyone to enjoy, and those who aren’t participants can come along as an audience member. For a €5 daily ticket, all of the competitions, from opera performances to children’s choirs, are open to the public. Information is available at www.feisceoil.ie, to help audiences choose which performances they would like to see. Tickets can be bought daily at the RDS.

Since 2007, the Feis has worked closely with ESB to continuously innovate and keep the partnership vibrant. The collaboration won the Best Long Term Partnership Award at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards in 2016 and over the years, Feis Ceoil has introduced new competitions such as the ESB Choir of the Year and a competition for amateur conductors in partnership with RTE Concert Orchestra – the first of its kind in Ireland.

Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB said, “ESB has always appreciated the important role the arts play in every aspect of Irish life, especially in the next generation and we are very proud of our long standing relationship with Feis Ceoil. The festival promotes excellence in learning and performance and showcases the very best in Irish musical talent.”

Social Media

For those unable to travel to the RDS, the Festival can be experienced through Facebook & Twitter where videos, photographs and special moments are uploaded daily.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/feisceoil | Twitter @esbfeisceoil 

ESB Feis Ceoil Media Contact: Kieran O’Neill | | Kieran.oneill@esb.ie | 087 934 9200