Newpark Festival

The popular Newpark Festival will be back in February 2025, bigger and better then ever.

Registration for the Newpark Festival 2025 will open at the end of 2024.

The Newpark Festival is designed for young musicians and singers to compete in a relaxed and welcoming environment. It's an annual celebration of young talent and welcomes young musicians to perform classical and modern repertoire, and to showcase their unique talents.

Newpark Festival Gala Concert

The Newpark Gala Awards Concert took place at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Wednesday May 8th, featuring the 2024 competition winners.

It was a fabulous evening with such talented performers on the night, you can view all images from the Gala Concert Here.



Congratulations to all of the competitors of this year's Newpark Festival 2024 & thank you to our audience members for helping to make the Festival such a special experience. We had a wonderful week inviting dedicated musicians to do what they love and we have been blown away by the incredible performances throughout the week. It was a pleasure and an honour to have Ireland's top musicians adjudicate and give invaluable feedback to our competitors - Anita Vedres, Catriona Ryan, Edward Holly, Lynda Lee & Kelli-Ann Masterson.

We are happy to announce that the Newpark Festival Gala Concert will take place at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on May 8th 2024, please be sure to join us.


#14 Strings Under 8

1st - Fangxi zhao

2nd - Evie Trench Thornton

3rd - Simon Wang

HC - Yixin Yang

#15 Strings Under 10

1st - Alexandra Zou Paul

2nd - Oscar Cullen

3rd - Kaylee Long

HC - Rachel Song

#16 Strings Under 12

1st - Ava Li

Joint 2nd - Linden Chen & Saoirse Bi

3rd - Emma Campbell

HC - Aniela Lipinska, Ethan Bai, Marco Li

#17 Strings Under 14

1st - Jessica Sullivan

2nd - Aoife McPolin

3rd - Faye Trench Thornton

#18 Strings Under 18

1st - Grace Cotter

2nd - Tongwei Wang

3rd - Sophia Carr


#19 Wind & Brass Under 12

1st - Morgan Woods

#20 Wind & Brass Under 14

1st - Alice Dong

Joint 2nd - Annabel Mullins & Sarah Zhang

HC - Hugh Donohoe

#21 Wind & Brass Under 18

1st - Iris De Mot Diez

2nd - Claire Pegum

HC - Soča Pearlmutter


1st - Molteni Daniele

2nd - Andrii Morozov


1st - Grace Cotter

2nd - Iris De Mot Diez

3rd - Fiona Hills


#24 Vocal Solo Under 12

1st - Ashling Sebastian

2nd - Lucy Feeley

3rd - Chloe Walshe

HC - Ronald Alosious Kavukattu, Isabella Paradiso

#25 Vocal Solo Under 14

1st - Charlotte Mackey

2nd - Lorelie Florita

Joint 3rd - Lauren Oleary & Alfonsa Sebastian

HC - Líadan O'Sullivan, Peta Munnelly, Eva Maria Ghiuzan, Amy Hennessy

#26 Vocal Solo Under 16

1st - Ken Paulson

2nd - Grace Hanley

3rd - Cathal O Sullivan

HC - Lainey Weir, Holly Trainor

#29 Adult Vocal Classical - THE RUTH BEARE PERPETUAL CUP

1st - Anastasia Sereda

2nd - Éadaoin Hassett

3rd - Eva Kavanagh

HC - Emma ní Farquharson, Sarah Van Den Heuvel-Mouchot, Hannah Crowley


#2 Piano Under 10

1st - Jenny Han

2nd - Leo Wang

3rd - Jasper Yan

HC - Alexandra Zou Paul, Anja Zhu, Rachel Song, Devrah Tomas, Arabella Lin, Abhishek Jino

#3 Piano Under 12

1st - Louise Byrne

2nd - Simon keogh

Joint 3rd - Han Rui Yang, Ethan Bai

HC - Daniel Zhu, Oscar Shi, Quintus Lin, Jane Sun

#5 Adult Solo The Prichard Cup

1st - Laurence Coonan

2nd - Liam Collins

Joint 3rd - Mark Tomas & Clare Healy

#6 Coakley Fuller Cup (Baroque Era)

1st - Karel Lievens

2nd - Maeve Åshamar Hora

3rd - Jack McDowell

#7 Junior Piano Sonata Cup

1st - Dylan Keane

2nd - Alexandra Keane

Joint 3rd – Ethan Bai & Brian Li

HC - Yihan Jasmine Chen

#9 Junior Piano Repertorie - The Fuller Trophy

1st - Anita Han

Joint 2nd - Ryan Keogh & Alexandra Keane

Joint 3rd - Lenny Chen & Louise Byrne

HC - Sophia Cui, Brian Li, Yat Freeman Chu, Jamie Malone, Eleanor xu, Wendi Li


#1 Piano Under 8

1st - Arthur Auyeung

2nd - Yimo Sui

#4 Piano Under 16

1st - Alexandra Keane

2nd - Ryan keogh

3rd - Anita Han

HC - Alex Platsas, Brian Li, Eleanor Xu

#8 Senior Piano Sonata Cup

1st - Maeve Åshamar Hora

2nd - Patrick Chen

#10 Senior Piano Repertorie - The Owen Walsh Prepetual Cup

1st - Maeve Åshamar Hora

2nd - Zongwen Wu

3rd - Hilary Dungan

HC - Sadie Mitchell, Róisín Hills

#11 Piano Duets Under 12

1st - Quintus Lin & Arabella Lin

1st - Daniel Zhu & Oscar Zhu

#12 Piano Duets Under 14

1st - Anna Toolan, Grace Wu

#13 Piano Duets Under 16

1st - Anita Han & Ryan Keogh


#27 Vocal Solo Under 18

1st - Charlotte Finnegan Quirke

2nd - Rory Fyler

3rd - Kate Hussey & Lexirose Blanzy

HC – Caoimhe Kavanagh

#28 Junior Musical Theatre Age 15-18

Joint 1st - Beth Flynn & Rory Fyler

2nd - Eimear Cunningham

3rd - Laura Hogan

HC – Anya Gilbert, Jade O'Malley, Lainey Weir, Clara Byrne

VHC - Lexirose Blanzy, Grace Hanley

#30 Adult Vocal Baroque Aria - THE MIGNON RUMBOLD MEMORIAL CUP

1st - Anastasia Sereda

2nd - Laura Anna Konrad

3rd - Emma ni Farquharson, Éadaoin Hassett

HC - Sarah Van Den Heuvel-Mouchot, Hannah Crowley

#31 Lieder Compeition

1st - Laura Anna Konrad

2nd - Anastasia Sereda

3rd - Éadaoin Hassett

HC - Emma ni Farquharson, Sarah Van Den Heuvel-Mouchot, Faustina O'Sullivan


  • Entries for the Newpark Festival 2024 will open on Monday the 1st November, 2024.
  • All competition requirements are stated below each competition heading on the festival page, please make sure you read this information clearly.
  • All entries are made online on the Newpark website, through the register button at the top of the Newpark Festival 2024 page.
  • You first need to register for the competition and complete the form.
  • Once the form is completed, it will bring you to a payment page, to complete registration and make a payment for the competition you are entering.
  • You will need to create a new or log in to an existing EPP account to make a payment for your competition.
  • Click the first entry on EPP - 2024 NEWPARK FESTIVAL - ALL COMPETITIONS.
  • Choose your competition from the drop-down list & complete payment.
  • Confirmation of your entry will be sent out following your submission.
  • Competition days & times will be sent out in advance of the competition.
  • The closing date for entries is Saturday 20th January 2024.


  1. All competitions must be entered online.
  2. Entry fees will not be refunded unless a competition is cancelled.
  3. The closing date for entries is Saturday 20th January 2024.
  4. No entries will be accepted after this date.
  5. Ages shall be reckoned from 1st January 2024. For example, if the competitor turned 10 after the 1st of January 2024, they can still enter under 10 Category. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their age is entered into the correct age-group. Date of birth and age of competitor will be required on your entry form.
  6. Where competitors are asked to play one piece, this means one short piece or one movement of a work. Each competition will have its own allocated time.
  7. Where there is a large entry for a given class, the competition will be divided into reasonable sizes, each being a separate competition.
  8. Competitions will not be held unless they have two or more entries.
  9. Copies of music to be performed should be provided for the adjudicator before the competition. (Newpark will not be able to print out the music, this must be done in advance).
  10. The adjudicator’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into, under any circumstances.
  11. All competitors must supply their own accompanist as an official accompanist will not be available.
  12. Active mobile phones, watch alarms, videos, cameras or tape recorders are prohibited during competitions.
  13. Any objection for noncompliance with any Regulation(s) must be sent to the Festival Director in writing, within 48 hours of the competition(s) in question. Please include name and contact details.
  14. Any breach in the regulations will render competitors liable to disqualification and forfeiture of any relevant prize awarded to them.


  1. Arrive 20 minutes early for your competition particularly for tuned instruments. Please have instruments prepared 15 minutes in advance of competition.
  2. The competitor must supply neatly taped sheet music for the adjudicator printed in advance. Video. Failure to supply music will result in disqualification. Competitors’ attention is drawn to the Laws on Copyright which prohibit the unauthorised photocopying of music. Newpark Festival assumes that anybody using photocopies has the permission of the publisher to do so.
  3. Name and competition number are to be written on top right corner of the score. Newpark will not print scores, competitors must come prepared.
  4. Where a time limit has been set, the adjudicator will be instructed to terminate any performance that exceeds the time limit. Time limits refer to time on the platform after commencement of first note. 
  5. No active mobile phones, videos, cameras or recording equipment are allowed during competitions. Persons in breach of this rule will be asked to leave the venue.

Festival Director Letter

Welcome to the Newpark Festival 2024!

I am very excited to be back to work as this year's Festival Director for the 2nd year. The Newpark Festival is a fantastic opportunity for musicians to practice their performance skills and get feedback from adjudicators who work as professional soloists and orchestral players in Ireland.

Newpark Festival is where musicians learn from each other and most importantly inspire one another. We will have professional musicians adjudicating each competition and they will provide critical feedback to each performer. We encourage all musicians to take part and recommend liaising with your teacher before applying.

Last year, the festivals Trophies and Cups Winners performed in the Newpark Gala Concert, which was held in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Our vision is to create a platform for Ireland's future performers.

Sign up online and I look forward to meeting all competitors in February!


Mary Walsh

Festival Director

Mary Walsh – Festival Director Bio:

Mary is a Dublin-based conductor who has completed an MA in Conducting and a BMus degree in the MTU Cork School of Music, Cork.

During her masters, Mary conducted Stravinsky’s Soldier's Tale, Mozart’s Linz Symphony and Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

In 2022, Mary was selected as a finalist in Dublin Feis Ceol Conducting Competition where she conducted the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Earlier in the year Mary was selected to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra in the finale concert of the National Concert Hall Female Conductor Programme.

In 2021, she was selected to take part in the Sorrell Women’s Conducting Programme in the Royal Academy of Music, London under the guidance of Sian Edwards and Alice Farnham.

This year, Mary worked as assistant conductor to conductor Elaine Kelly on the opera production of Horse Ape Bird. A children's opera produced by Irish National Opera, Music Generation Kildare, Music Generation Meath and Solstice Arts Centre. Mary was also assistant conductor to Stephen Barlow on the opera Alice in Wonderland produced by Opera Collective Ireland.

Mary’s professional work lies primarily in conducting. She is currently the conductor of Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir, Wexford Gateway Orchestra and St. Mary's College Junior School Choirs and Newpark Junior Choir.

As a choral singer, Mary sings with New Dublin Voices directed by Bernie Sherlock.

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