We are honoured to have two distinguished musicians as our patrons -
Richard Yarr is Senior Producer, Classical Music with BBC Northern Ireland. He read music at Queen’s University and graduated with First Class Honours, and the May Turtle Scholarship for academic excellence, in 1992. He then gained a choral scholarship to King’s College London, where he completed a Master of Music Degree, before returning to Queen’s to undertake Doctoral studies.
Since 2000 Richard has been producing for BBC Radio Ulster and Radio 3. He is currently responsible for Ulster Orchestra content on BBC platforms, chamber music recorded across Ireland and local broadcasts of Choral Evensong. He also oversees BBC Radio Ulster’s weekly classical music show, Classical Connections with John Toal, and created BBC Radio Ulster’s highly successful School Choir of the Year Competition in 2015.
In other roles with the Corporation Richard co-
Richard is sought after as an adjudicator and locally he has worked with competitions including Bangor International Choral Festival, Carrickfergus, Portstewart and Larne Music Festivals.
Richard is Chair of the Charles Wood Festival and Summer School in Armagh and founded the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition in 2011. He has also been Director of Music at Christ Church Lisburn since 1992.
Jonathan Byers was the winner of the 1997 Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year competition
Jonathan enjoys a busy freelance career performing as guest principal with many orchestras and period instrument groups, including the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Classical Opera Company, La Serenissima, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Early Opera Company. He also plays with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and is currently Co-
|2012 Winner_Andrew Douglas|
|2016 Winners_Tom Myles & Grainne White|
|2009 Winner_Stephen Rankin|
|2008 Winner_Fionnula Ward|
|2007 Winner_Sean Morgan-Rooney|
|2010 Winner_Craig Lutton|
|2013 Winner_Eva Richards|
|2011 Winner_Bradley Parker|
|2006 Winner_Sam Law|
|2005 Winner_Stephen Heagney|
|2004 Winner_Ryan Gray|
|2003 Winner_Justin Livingstone|
|2002 Winner_Darren Scroggie|
|2001 Winner_Kim Vaughan|
|2000 Winner_Hyun Kyoung Koo|
|1999 Winner_Scott Foster|
|1998 Winner_John Wilson|
|1997 Winner_Jonathan Byers|
|1995 Winner_Jonathan Johnston|
|1996 Winner_Gillian McWilliams|
|1994 Winner_Jonathan Coffey|
|1993 Winner_Claire McKeown|
|2014 Winner_Angus McCall|
|2015 Winner_Cathryn Lynch|
|2017 Winner Samuel Kane|