Soprano Kelley Lonergan from Marlfield, Clonmel, has been awarded the €10,000 RDS Music Bursary following her huge successes in this year’s Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil.
The daughter of Bernie and Noel Lonergan, Kelley was born into a very musical family and was brought up watching her parents perform on the local stage. She is a past member of Banna Chluain Meala and a past pupil of the Presentation Primary and Secondary Schools.
The RDS Music Bursary is one of the largest single bursaries on offer to a young musician in Ireland and is open to both vocalists and instrumentalists. This year, in addition to the €10,000 Bursary, Kelley has been offered a solo engagement with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra during 2013/14.
She was also awarded first prize in the following competitions during the Feis Ceoil this year - Mrs. P.J. Geoghegan Memorial Cup and Gus Smith €1,000 Award; Cuisine de France Count John McCormack €5,000 Vocal Bursary and the Gervase Elwes Memorial Cup and Business Plus €2,500 Bursary.
“I feel so happy and honoured to have received such amazing support” Kelley says, when asked about her success over the past few weeks.
Kelley is a Masters student in Performance at the Cork School of Music and graduated from the BMus course in 2010 with first class honours. She is a past student of Jan Cap, Mary Mac Sweeney and Gabriela Mayer. She is currently studying singing with Colette McGahon-Tosh and is being coached by Aoife O’Sullivan at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin.
With the help of the Bursary, Kelley, who is also a Young Associate Artist with Opera Theatre Company, intends to continue with her singing studies, availing of master classes and coaching internationally. She intends to audition for a number of Opera Studios in London and Europe, as well as taking language lessons in German, French and Italian.
She is very much looking forward to her next big project when she will return to Clonmel to give a recital during the Summer.