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Young flute player Amy Gillen from Donegal has been crowned as the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year 2018. The talented 20-year-old from Bridgetown, Laghey, was victorious in the grand final on Saturday evening in the Freemasons Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin.Amy was joined by her parents Billy and Aisling Gillen and brother Michael John Gillen to celebrate her success. Amy Gillen from Bridgetown, Laghey, in Donegal pictured with her parents Billy and Aisling Gillen and brother Michael John Gillen after she was named Freemasons Young Musician of the Year 2018.Pic Brian McEvoyThe musician is no stranger to success. Amy is in the second year of her studies for the B.A. in Music Performance in Flute at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.She is currently Co-Principal Flute in the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra.She was a member of the Donegal Youth Orchestra from 2005 – 2010 and a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland from 2009 – 2013, playing Principal Flute in the Orchestra on many occasions.Grand Master Douglas T Grey with finalists John Rousseau, Seamus Hickey, Amy Gillen -Winner of Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year 2018 and Ellen Janssen at the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year 2018. Pic Brian McEvoyAmy is a multiple prize winner and bursary recipient at Feis Ceoil Dublin, Feis Ceoil Sligo and Feis Doire and has had many notable solo performances over the years. In February 2015, she won the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Woodwind and Brass Bursary for Ireland. In the same year, she won the Alan Gillespie Ulster Bank Award for the most promising musician under 21 at the Clandeboye Festival, Belfast.All Smiles! Amy Gillen is the Winner of Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year 2018. Pic Brian McEvoyMost recently, Amy won the Crichton Perpetual Memorial Cup for Concerto, the Caliendo Repertoire Cup, the Anita Loretto Cup for the Most Promising Musician of the Year, the RTÉ Lyric FM Bursary and RTÉ Studio Recording at this year’s Sligo Feis Ceoil. Amy is kindly supported by Donegal Arts Council. More recently, Amy was awarded the Gemeinhardt Flutes Scholarship by Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, to attend the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland in July 2016.Donegal flautist wins Young Musician of the Year 2018 was last modified: October 16th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AMY GILLENflute playerFreemason Young Musician of the Year 2018MUSIC
The 12 Days of Positivity in Chatham-Kent is into the home stretch – and there is definitely a positive vibe happening around the community, organizers say.The third annual free community dinner organized by Chatham’s Breakfast House & Grille Churrascaria at its Armoury banquet hall attracted another big crowd on Monday.“I love seeing everybody from the community coming in here with smiles on their face,” said Matt Harlick, a partner in Chatham Breakfast House & Grille. “Everybody’s excited to just come in and enjoy a meal and just have some camaraderie between the community.”He said having 12 days of positivity “gives a light at the end of the tunnel” in a day and age when there is a lot of negativity.“We feel it in ourselves when we see all these positive faces and smiles,” added Brian Machado, a partner in the business.He gave credit to Pie-Zano’s Pizza and Community Living for helping make the event a success by providing pizza and desserts, as well as Just Grin Productions, which was taking free photos of participants.Machado said doing things to help make your community better is part of what being a small business owner is all about.Ginny and Brian Steptoe of Chatham, who were among the local residents who enjoyed the free lunch, are big supporters this local initiative.“The 12 days are a great way to spread positivity in Chatham-Kent,” Ginny Steptoe said. “We hope everybody can get on board.”When asked what they do to be positive, Brian Steptoe mentioned helping out their neighbours, friends and family, “We just try to smile and be the best people we can be,” he said.Jason King, co-ordinator of the 12 Days of Positivity, said this year’s campaign has been great across the community with many different people and groups getting involved.“Positivity is growing in Chatham-Kent,” he [email protected]@Chathamnews
South Korean Hyeon Cheng’s appearance does not betray that he can hit the ball that hard. So it made for some exciting moments when he made the tall Albert Alcaraz Ivorra of Spain run around during the final of the Junior ITF II in New Delhi on Thursday.Cheng displayed his court craft to perfection as he defeated Ivorra 6-7( 0), 7-7, 6-4 in a gruelling final to win the junior boys’ category. Unlike Cheng, third seeded Oleksandra Korashirli of Ukraine had an easy outing as she thrashed seventh seed Michelle Werbrouck of Belgium 6-2, 6-2 to claim the girls’ title.The boy’s final was an intense affair as none of the players were ready to concede an inch. Ivarro’s booming strokes and strong forehand were challenged by Cheng’s powerful serves.The Spaniard got the first break in the seventh game and took a 4-3 lead. Ivarro then broke Cheng in the 10th game, but the Korean fought his way back. He came up with some beautiful drop shots and levelled the score at 6-6. Ivarro recollected his game and pushed him to the limits in the tie- breaker as the Korean couldn’t score a single point and lost the set.Ivarro maintained the momentum and broke Cheng in the first game of the second set. The Korean, however, stepped up his game and broke back in the 8th and 12th game to draw level.The third set saw the two raise the bar. Ivarro dominated the set with his big serves but Cheng stretched him to the flanks with his angles, forcing the Spaniard to play on his back hand. His strategy paid dividends as the temperamental Ivarro appeared to lose his focus and screamed at his errors.advertisementIt cost Ivarro as he was broken in the 10th game. His strokes lacked the sting and Cheng cashed on it. The Spaniard doubled faulted and Cheng scored on a cross- court forehand. Ivarro double faulted again and Cheng sailed through. “My opponent was tough as he was serving fast and had an equally effective forehand. I made to play him on the back hand and I was successful in my strategy,” said Cheng, who will next play in Kolkata.