Festival 2024

February 12th - 17th, 2024

The popular Newpark Festival will be back in 2024, bigger and better then ever.

Competition entries will open on the 1st November 2023 - closing date for entries is Friday 26th January 2024.

Newpark Festival 2024

The Newpark Festival is designed for young musicians and singers to compete in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

An annual celebration of young talent, the Newpark Festival welcomes young musicians to perform classical and modern repertoire, and to showcase their unique talents.

Entries for the Newpark Festival 2024 will open on the 1st November and all competitions must be entered online.

View & choose your competition from the competition headings below.

The closing date for entries is Friday 26th January 2024.

Newpark Festival Competition Schedule 2023

Monday 13th No.
Strings Under 8
Strings Under 10
Strings Under 12
Strings Under 14
Strings Under 18: 1st Julia Weber - 2nd Anna Pegum - 3rd Sean Quinn
Thursday 16th No.
9:00 Junior Piano Repertoire - The Fuller Trophy...
Junior Piano Repertoire - The Fuller Trophy cont...
13:15 Piano Under 16
15:35 Coakley Fuller Cup (Baroque Era)
Tuesday 14th No.
Wind & Brass Under 12
Wind & Brass Under 14
Wind & Brass Under 18
SENIOR INSTRUMENTAL REPERTOIRE (16 and Over) All (except piano)
Friday 17th No.
9:00 Senior Piano Sonata Cup
10:00 Piano Duets Under 12
11:00 Piano Duets Under 14
11:30 Piano Duets Under 16
12:15 Vocal Solo Under 12
12:45 Vocal Solo Under 14
13:15 Vocal Solo Under 16
14:15 Vocal Solo Under 18
Wednesday 15th No.
Piano Under 8:
Piano Under 10
Piano Under 12
Junior Piano Sonata Cup
15:25 Adult Solo Prichard Cup
16:00 Senior Piano Repertoire - The Owen Walsh Perpetual Cup
Saturday 18th No.
10:00 Junior Musical Theatre Age 15-18
11:10 Adult Vocal Classical - THE RUTH BEARE PERPETUAL CUP
12:00 Adult Vocal Baroque Aria - THE MIGNON RUMBOLD MEMORIAL CUP
12:30 Lieder Competition


  • Entries for the Newpark Festival 2024 will open on Monday the 1st November, 2024.
  • All entries are made online through the Newpark website.
  • All competition requirements are stated below each competition heading, please make sure you read this information clearly.
  • Create a new or log in to an existing EPP account.
  • Click the first entry on EPP - 1A FEST - NEWPARK FESTIVAL 2023 - ALL COMPETITIONS NO: 1 - 31.
  • Choose your competition from the drop-down list.
  • Make sure you have completed the entry form with the name and number of the competition you are entering, your instrument and contact details.
  • Confirmation of your entry will be sent out following your submission.
  • Competition day & times will be sent out in early February.
  • The closing date for entries is Friday 26th 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 Friday 26th January 2024.
  4. No entries will be accepted after this date. 
  5. Ages shall be reckoned from 1st January 2024. 
  6. Where competitors are asked to play one piece, this means one short piece or one movement of a work. 
  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.

Festival Director Letter

Welcome to the Newpark Festival 2024!

I am very excited to work as this year's Festival Director. 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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