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The Flax Trust Music Awards Grand Final
20th October 2017 at Holy Cross Church. Prizes Totalling £12,000 including Audience Vote Award. The ‘heats’ for a place in the Grand Final were held in the Harty Room, Queens University, Belfast. Judges throughout were Richard Yarr, Colin Stark, Ioana Petcu-Colan, Jenny Bourke. Master of Ceremonies was Richard Wigley, Manager Ulster Orchestra. Winner: Robert Finnegan (saxophone) […] Read more – ‘The Flax Trust Music Awards Grand Final’.
The North Belfast Community Leadership Awards and Concert
Tuesday 19th September 2017 at Holy Cross Church The North Belfast Community Leadership Awards and Concert was in aid of Concern Worldwide with Ulster Orchestra conducted by Tecwyn Evans, Megan Mooney soprano, Cavehill Community Choir, leader Donal McCriskin, Voices of FISCA and Flax Vocal Ensemble. AWARDS Most Inspiring Project Men’s Shed North Belfast presentation by James […] Read more – ‘The North Belfast Community Leadership Awards and Concert’.
The Dan Rooney Cup 2017
The 18th Dan Rooney Cup was played at Ormeau Park, Belfast, on Sunday 27th August 2017. The event was won by Arthur Lundy. Runner-up was Bobby McFall and 3rd was Eddie McAteer. The Back Nine winner was Tom McCallan and the Front Nine was won by Bob McNeill. Presentations were made during lunch after the […] Read more – ‘The Dan Rooney Cup 2017’.
The Flax Trust Rose Bowl 2017
The 24th Rose Bowl Golf competition was held at Balmoral Golf Club, Belfast. This year’s competition was the tightest ever with only three points separating the first seven. Prizes were presented at the dinner celebration that evening. The proceeds were in aid of N.I. Children’s Hospice and Cancer Lifeline. Flax Trust Rosebowl kicks of the […] Read more – ‘The Flax Trust Rose Bowl 2017’.
Flax Trust Music Awards 2017
The Flax Trust Music Awards took place in the Harty Room at Queen’s University on June 28th, 2017. Three finalists through to Grand Final.  Recipients received bursaries of £2000 each with an opportunity to win a further £6,000 on October 20th 2017 at Holy Cross Church. Amy Gillen Amy is from Co. Donegal and has […] Read more – ‘Flax Trust Music Awards 2017’.
The Flax Trust Music Bursaries at Queen’s University 2017
Flax Trust present £2,000 in Bursaries to three young classical musicians at Queen’s University School of Arts, English and Languages on June 28th, 2017 Gerard Mullaly will be graduating from Queen’s University with a First Class Honours in Music. He took up the clarinet at the age of 8 and has progressed under the tutelage of […] Read more – ‘The Flax Trust Music Bursaries at Queen’s University 2017’.
The Flax Trust CBYO Conductors Award 2017
Justine Gormley – Violin & Piano This 18 year old musician has been a member of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra(CBYO) for the past 5 years and has been leader for the past season. Justine is very humble in approach and prepares meticulously for every rehearsal. Her calm and balanced manner encourages input and […] Read more – ‘The Flax Trust CBYO Conductors Award 2017’.
Sacred Song Concert in Aid of St Joseph’s Centre for the Deaf and Kingham Church for the Deaf
Megan Mooney soprano was joined by musicians from the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, soloist Helenna Howie, Seamus Brady and Matthew Campbell and Award Winning Choirs – St Vincent de Paul Primary School, Mercy Primary School and The Flax Trust Vocal Ensemble. Photo Gallery     Read more – ‘Sacred Song Concert in Aid of St Joseph’s Centre for the Deaf and Kingham Church for the Deaf’.
Gala Concert with Megan Mooney, Dublin Youth Orchestra and Guitarist Anselm McDonnell in Aid of Simon Community
Megan Mooney soprano and Dublin Youth Orchestra were joined by guitarist Anselm McDonnell, 100 Voices of FISCA and Cavehill Community Choir in a Gala Concert for the Simon Community in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. Gavin Boyd was Master of Ceremonies. Dublin Youth Orchestra, Conductor Philip Thomas Photo Gallery   Read more – ‘Gala Concert with Megan Mooney, Dublin Youth Orchestra and Guitarist Anselm McDonnell in Aid of Simon Community’.
Gala Concert with Megan Mooney and City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, Conductor Paul McBride, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
Megan Mooney soprano and City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, conductor Paul McBride, were joined by award winning choirs Mercy College and Boy’s Model and soloist Orla McCormick in a Gala Concert for Macmillan Cancer Support at Girdwood Community Hub, North Belfast. Wilfie Pyper was Master of Ceremonies. City of Belfast Youth Orchestra with Conductor Paul […] Read more – ‘Gala Concert with Megan Mooney and City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, Conductor Paul McBride, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support’.
Inter-School Christmas Gala Competition (FISCA) in Belfast City Hall, December 15th 2016
The annual Flax Trust Inter-School Christmas Gala Competition (FISCA) took place at Belfast City Hall on Thursday 15th December 2016. Master of Ceremonies was Noel Thompson BBC. 280 young people from 18 primary and post primary schools in North Belfast came together to create 9 cross community choirs. Artistic Director Megan Mooney BMus (Hon Dip […] Read more – ‘Inter-School Christmas Gala Competition (FISCA) in Belfast City Hall, December 15th 2016’.
Megan Mooney in concert with City of Belfast Youth Orchestra in aid of Refugee Children 21st October 2016.
A gala concert with Megan Mooney, City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, conductor Paul McBride Belfast School of Music Junior Wind, Clarinettist Bethany Simpson, Niamh Bloomer Harp, winning choirs St Malachy’s College, Hazelwood Integrated College, Blackmountain Primary School, Holy Cross Girls’ Primary School took place on 21st October 2016 at 7:30 pm in Holy Cross North […] Read more – ‘Megan Mooney in concert with City of Belfast Youth Orchestra in aid of Refugee Children 21st October 2016.’.
Gala Concert with Megan Mooney soprano and members of the Ulster Orchestra in aid of the Northern Ireland Hospice and North Belfast Community Leadership Awards 8th September 2016
A Gala Concert with Megan Mooney, members of the Ulster Orchestra, Sing for Life Choir, Richard Thomas violinist, Amy Gillen flutist, Alex McFarlane alto, Sarah Patton soprano, Helena Howie mezzo-soprano, Claudia Clendinning mezzo-soprano, took place in Holy Cross North Belfast on 8th September at 7:30 pm in aid of the Northern Ireland Hospice. Master of […] Read more – ‘Gala Concert with Megan Mooney soprano and members of the Ulster Orchestra in aid of the Northern Ireland Hospice and North Belfast Community Leadership Awards 8th September 2016’.
Flax Trust Music Bursaries at Camerata 2016
Flax Trust Music Bursaries recipients at Camerata-Irelands Young Musicians of the Future at Clandeboye Festival 2016. Three young musicians received £6,000 in Flax Trust Bursaries at Camerata-Ireland’s Clandeboye Festival and a fourth student received the Flax Trust Award including performance opportunities.   Clara Daly Donnellan is a 20 year old trombone player studying in Bern, […] Read more – ‘Flax Trust Music Bursaries at Camerata 2016’.
The Flax Trust Music Bursaries at Queen’s University
Flax Trust presented £5000 in bursaries to two young classical musicians at Queen’s University School of the Arts. Daniel has recently concluded his studies at Queen’s University Belfast, where for the past three years he has studied cornet and trumpet under the tutelage of Paul Young (Principal Trumpet of Ulster Orchestra.) During his time at […] Read more – ‘The Flax Trust Music Bursaries at Queen’s University’.
Spring Concert in Aid of Refugees
A Spring Concert with the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra and School of Music Conductors Robert Briscoe and John Gillen took place in Holy Cross Church on Friday 29th April at 7:30 pm in aid of the refugees/Concern for Turkey and Jordan. Master of Ceremonies was Richard Yarr BBC. Soprano Megan Mooney was joined by […] Read more – ‘Spring Concert in Aid of Refugees’.
Flax Trust Concert in Aid of the Refugees
A Flax Trust Concert in Aid of the Refugees took place on Friday 29th January 7:30 pm at Holy Cross Church, Belfast. Master of Ceremonies was Noel Thompson BBC. The City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, conducted by Paul Mc Bride, manager Robert Brisco, presented a programme of popular classics and music from stage and screen. […] Read more – ‘Flax Trust Concert in Aid of the Refugees’.
Flax Trust Classics
A Flax Trust Christmas Concert in Aid of the Refugees took place on Tuesday 22nd December 7:30 pm at Holy Cross Church, Belfast. Master of Ceremonies was Noel Thompson BBC. The Concert featured Barry Douglas and Camerata-Ireland with St Malachy’s College, Hazelwood Integrated College, Dominican College Fortwilliam and Soprano Megan Mooney. Barry Douglas & Camerata-Ireland […] Read more – ‘Flax Trust Classics’.
Inter-school Christmas Gala Competition (FISCA)
The annual Flax Trust Inter-school Christmas Gala Competition (FISCA) was held at Belfast City Hall on Thursday 3rd December.  Master of Ceremonies was Noel Thompson BBC.  280 Young people from 18 primary and post primary schools in North Belfast came together to create 9 cross community choirs.  Artistic Director Megan Mooney BMus (Hons); Dip Mus. […] Read more – ‘Inter-school Christmas Gala Competition (FISCA)’.
Flax Trust Music Bursaries at Camerata – Ireland Clandeboye Festival
The Flax Trust presented The Children of Lir Award in addition to £6,000.00 in Bursaries to 3 young musicians at Camerata – Ireland’s Young Musicians of the Future concert at Clandeboye. Mairead Hickey  from Cork presently studying Music (violin) at Kronberg Academy received The Flax Trust Children of Lir Award  at Camerata – Ireland’s Young […] Read more – ‘Flax Trust Music Bursaries at Camerata – Ireland Clandeboye Festival’.
The Flax Trust Music Bursaries at Queen’s University
Flax Trust presents £5,000 in bursaries to four young classical musicians at Queen’s University School of Creative Arts.  August 5th 2015. Flax Trust Directors Sr Mary Turley and James Maginn present the overall winner William Curran with a bursary and The Flax Trust ‘Children of Lir’ award.  The Bursary will assist William (Clarinet) at the […] Read more – ‘The Flax Trust Music Bursaries at Queen’s University’.
Flax Trust Annual Board Dinner, Europa Hotel
Special guests included Michael McAvoy, Brain Cahalane and Karen Packham representing the British / Irish Intergovernmental Joint Secretariat. The U.S. Consul General Greg Burton and his wife Nanna Lee. Sr Mary Turley welcomed guests and introduced speakers (No. 1) who gave an overview of some Flax Trust related activities. Gavin Boyd, Chief Executive Education Authority […] Read more – ‘Flax Trust Annual Board Dinner, Europa Hotel’.
FISCA
The Flax Trust Inter-Community School Choir Awards (FISCA) 4th December 2014 The Flax Trust Inter-Community School Choir Awards took place in Belfast City Hall on Thursday 4th December. 240 children from 18 primary and post primary schools in North Belfast came together to create 9 cross community choirs and performed a variety of choral classics […] Read more – ‘FISCA’.
The Flax Trust Presents £5,000 in Bursaries
The Flax Trust presented £5,000 in bursaries at the End of Year Showcase in Music – School of Creative Arts at Queen’s University Belfast in the Harty Room on Thursday 5th June. The performance, compositions and dissertations were some of the fruits from the hard work of the students who will be graduating. Megan Mooney, […] Read more – ‘The Flax Trust Presents £5,000 in Bursaries’.
Flax Trust Classics Bursary Awards 2014
Flax Trust presented £15,000 in Workshop Tuition Sponsorship to Young Musicians of the Future at Camerata Ireland’s Clandeboye Festival, August 2014 and £6,000 to three Young Musicans of the Future Concert on August 21st. Read more – ‘Flax Trust Classics Bursary Awards 2014’.
The Flax Trust Annual Trustees/Board Dinner
The Flax Trust Annual Trustees/Board Dinner and Friends took place on Friday 31st January at the Europa Hotel. Special guest included Lynden Hughes-Jennet and Pat Murphy representing the British/Irish Intergovernmental Joint Secretariat, Collette Fitz Gerald Head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland, US Consul General Greg Burton and Gabrielle Moseley Counsellor for Political […] Read more – ‘The Flax Trust Annual Trustees/Board Dinner’.
Christmas Gala Competition
240 young people from schools in North Belfast came together in front of a packed audience in Belfast City Hall for a Christmas Gala Competition – Flax Trust Inter-community School Choir Awards (FISCA) event. Noel Thompson BBC was Master of Cermonies . In addition to £5000 in awards the Trust gave a grant of £1000 to each School competing for for the magnificant performances […] Read more – ‘Christmas Gala Competition’.
Flax Trust Christmas Gala
Download the Christmas Gala Brochure. Read more – ‘Flax Trust Christmas Gala’.
Flax Trust Classics Bursary Awards 2013
Flax Trust awarded three bursaries to Camerata Ireland at the Young Musicians of the Future Concert on 22nd August at Clandeboye Festival www.camerata-ireland.com Pictured with Barry Douglas, Rachel Goode soprano, Christopher Ellis cello, Leonie Bluett clarinet, Sr. Mary Turley and Lady Empy representing Flax Trust. Ten finalists pictured with Barry Douglas Read more – ‘Flax Trust Classics Bursary Awards 2013’.
Flax Trust 35th Anniversary Dinner
The Flax Trust celebrated its 35th Anniversary with a Wine Reception followed by a Dinner held in the Piano Bar, Europa Hotel, Belfast.  The event was attended by Board and Trustee Members together with other guests who have been associated with the Trust over the years. Read more – ‘Flax Trust 35th Anniversary Dinner’.
Social Enterprise Programme
The School for Social Enterprises NI has at present 19 students who are completing an Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise at the University of Ulster.  Induction took place on 17th April 2012 and Module 1 took place on 1st May and 15th May. SSEI, following the highly successful Best Practice visit in 2010 to Fordham […] Read more – ‘Social Enterprise Programme’.
The Inaugural Flax Trust Classics
Five finalists of the inaugural ‘Flax Trust Classics’ (classical music awards/bursaries £15,000 for all classical musicians – vocal & instrumental – born in N Ireland, wishing to continue their studies graduate/post graduate in the field of music) performed at a black tie concert at Queen’s University’s capacity crowded Great Hall on Friday 20th April. Tara […] Read more – ‘The Inaugural Flax Trust Classics’.
Flax Trust Super Bowl Banquet 2011
The Flax Trust Super Bowl Banquet took place on Friday, 4th February 2011 in the Europa Hotel.  Guests of honour were Barry Douglas, OBE International Pianist and Conductor and Len O’Hagan, Chairman, Belfast Hrbour Commissioners.  John Carson CBE welcomed guests who were intertained by City of Belfast School of Music Big Band.  Paul Clark UTV […] Read more – ‘Flax Trust Super Bowl Banquet 2011’.
New development with the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Ireland
Flax Trust and the University of Ulster have announced an exciting new development with regard to the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Ireland. Since its inception almost 200 students have achieved a range of qualifications including: the Advanced Diploma in Management Practice for third sector managers; the Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise; and the MSc […] Read more – ‘New development with the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Ireland’.
Super Bowl Ball 2010
The 21st Flax Trust Super Bowl Ball, one of the largest cross-community black tie events held in the City, took place on Friday, 5th February 2010, in the Europa Hotel Belfast.  John Carson, CBE welcomed guests who were entertained on arrival by the City of Belfast School of Music Big Band and later at the […] Read more – ‘Super Bowl Ball 2010’.