Camlin Keys Piano Festival

Friday 5th & Saturday 6th July 2024

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This year's festival promises to be a celebration of talent, passion, and the timeless beauty of piano music. Against the backdrop of Ireland's rich cultural heritage, the Camlin Keys Piano Festival aims to bring together pianists, music lovers, and artists from diverse backgrounds for a harmonious and unforgettable experience.


Join us in creating moments of pure musical magic, as we showcase the incredible talents that grace our stages. From virtuoso performances to engaging workshops, the festival is designed to captivate and inspire, fostering a deeper appreciation for the artistry of piano music.

The Camlin Keys Piano Festival is open to young musicians who want to compete in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Participants are encouraged to perform both classical and modern repertoire and showcase their individual talents.


Opening Night Friday 5th July - Ticketed event

St John's Church, Abbeycartron, Battery Road, Longford N39 X314

On Friday night, we are delighted to present a captivating lineup featuring the harmonious voices of Athlone a Capella and Moate Sing4Fun Choirs, alongside the mesmerizing melodies of the Longford Ukranians Choir. Notably, the Sing4Fun Choir stands as a beacon of intergenerational and intercultural harmony, showcasing the beautiful diversity and unity found within its members.

Entries for the 2024 festival will open shortly.


To choose a competition, please view the competition headings below. If you cannot see a class that you fit into, please contact us at camlinkeyspianofestival@gmail.com


Online Entry 2024 - Opening Soon

Please complete the online entry form HERE and email proof of payment to camlinkeyspianofestival@gmail.com


Please ensure you use the performers name as reference on all payments. Payment details on entry form.


Rules and Regulations can be found HERE

Fees:

Under 7 and Under 10 - €5.00

Under 13, Under 16 & Under 20 - €10.00


Grades 1 to 4 - €5.00

Grades 5 and upwards - €10.00

Grades are open to all ages


The deadline for entries is the 7th June 2024

Competition Classes 2024

St John’s National School Room 1


Entrants must enter a programme of two contrasting pieces:

Under 7 - not more than 2 minutes - Age under 7 on or before 30th June

Under 10 - not more than 5 minutes - Age 7 to 10 on or before 30th June

Under 13 - not more than 10 minutes - Age 10 to 13 on or before 30th June

Under 16 - not more than 15 minutes - Age 13 to 16 on or before 30th June

Under 20 - not more than 15 minutes - Age 16 to 20 on or before 30th June

St John’s National School Room 2


A programme of two contrasting pieces from entrants who have been working towards the Grade Class in the year 2023.

Pre/Ele/Prim - not more than 2 minutes

Grade 1 - not more than 3 minutes

Grade 2 - not more than 4 minutes

Grade 3 - not more than 5 minutes

Grade 4 - not more than 7 minutes

Grade 5 - not more than 10 minutes

Grade 6 - not more than 15 minutes

Grade 7 - not more than 15 minutes

Grade 8 - not more than 20 minutes

Advanced - Maximum 30 minutes

Technical ability (30 marks): Adjudicators will look for clarity and accuracy, co-ordination between hands, rhythm and pulse security, a good tone, and where appropriate, pedalling.


Interpretation (30 marks): Adjudicators will consider the dynamics, phrasing and articulation of the piece. The interpretation of the style, mood and character of the piece. All pianists are essentially interpreting the music they play. No two performers or even performances will be exactly the same.


Overall impression and choice of programme (40 marks): Adjudicators will consider the technical ability and interpretation as well as meeting time allocation and contrast of pieces.


Festival Details 2024

Workshop bookings, Competition entries and Concert tickets online only at www.camlinkeys.ie or on our Facebook page


Deadline for entry is Friday 7th June


Entries will not be accepted on the day

Competitions 2024

St John's National School, Longford N39 VK22 Room 1 and Room 2

Workshops 2024:

  • Performance & Exam Anxiety - Details to follow


  • Music with Dee Dee - Details to follow


  • Stem - Pianotime - Details to follow


  • Never Too Old - Details to follow


  • Basic Improvision - Details to follow


  • Ensemble Playing - Details to follow
    • Piano Duet - 4 hand Piano
    • Piano & Solo Instrument
      • [Voice, Flute, Violin etc]
    • Piano & Ensemble
      • [Voice, Flute, Violin etc]


Booking required for all workshops

Throughout Saturday daytime, in St John’s Church, we have Andrew Yau leading a series of Piano Duet and Ensemble workshops. Suggested ensembles could include Piano Duet (4 hand piano); Piano & any solo instrument (Violin, Flute, Voice, etc.); Piano & ensemble (Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello etc.). This is a great opportunity to perform and receive guidance on the technical and musical challenges musicians can face when learning and performing together in an ensemble.


Each duo/group will perform 1 piece and have a performance focused discussion/workshop. Register for a workshop with Andrew and develop skills in either piano duets or piano focused ensembles. All repertoire/song choices must be emailed in advance of the competition and cannot be changed once selected.


Andrew Yau is a multi- instrumentalist, conductor and arranger, with experience performing on RTE and in The National Concert Hall; with orchestras and with the famous Jazz composer Tigran Hamasyan. Graduating from Maynooth University Andrew’s focus is on performance, composition and piano ensemble. Andrew will share tips, techniques and essential skills for creating excellent music together.


In St John’s National School we will have a classroom dedicated to workshops for children’s activities as well as rooms for our competition classes. The Music with Dee-Dee Workshop will see participants join Dee-Dee Hickey for a lively hour of early-years musical fun, games and stories, from ages baby upwards, booking is essential. Parents can sit and watch or join in the fun too!


Dee-Dee is well known in Roscommon and South Longford for her energetic music groups and story-time – actively involving children in all aspects of singing, dancing and playing music with her, as well as, acting out her stories.


There will also be a STEM workshop - What can you make a piano out of? See if you have the technical know-how to programme a micro-bit and get a paper-piano working or can we get a makey-makey piano using grapes? Join us for an hour of creation through programming and see what instruments we can make using electronics.


Piano as an Adult; many people think they are too old to start learning the piano, this is not true! Join us for a half hour chat on taking up the piano, or returning to it after an extended break, you’re never too old to learn something new – and it’s very good for the brain!


If you would like to book-in to any of our workshops, please see booking links above or if you have any queries, please email camlinkeyspianofestival@gmail.com or call/text 085 265 4240.

Gallery 2023

Camlin Keys Festival with the support of Longford County Council Ukrainian Humanitarian Support fund we were delighted to have Andrew Yau join us for the afternoon and evening, giving masterclasses to our Ukrainian musicians and accompanying Amalia for a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria in the evening concert. A treat for everyone! (6:30 in the video)

Thank you once again to Midlands Polish Community for recording our Grand Concert in St John's Church Longford

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Tickets for Camlin Keys Piano Festival 2024 will be available on Eventbrite via our Facebook page or can be bought HERE when released for sale in 2024

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Latest News

***PRESS RELEASE 22/05/2023***

Camlin Keys Piano Festival are delighted to announce our daytime Workshops. Throughout Saturday daytime, in St John’s Church, we have Andrew Yau leading a series of Piano Duet and Ensemble workshops. Suggested ensembles could include Piano Duet (4 hand piano); Piano & any solo instrument (Violin, Flute, Voice, etc.); Piano & ensemble (Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello etc.). This is a great opportunity to perform and receive guidance on the technical and musical challenges musicians can face when learning and performing together in an ensemble.


Each duo/group will perform 1 piece and have a performance focused discussion/workshop. Register for a workshop with Andrew and develop skills in either piano duets or piano focused ensembles. All repertoire/song choices must be emailed in advance of the competition and cannot be changed once selected.


Andrew Yau is a multi- instrumentalist, conductor and arranger, with experience performing on RTE and in The National Concert Hall; with orchestras and with the famous Jazz composer Tigran Hamasyan. Graduating from Maynooth University Andrew’s focus is on performance, composition and piano ensemble. Andrew will share tips, techniques and essential skills for creating excellent music together.


In St John’s National School we will have a classroom dedicated to workshops for children’s activities as well as rooms for our competition classes. The Music with Dee-Dee Workshop will see participants join Dee-Dee Hickey for a lively hour of early-years musical fun, games and stories, from ages baby upwards, booking is essential. Dee-Dee is well known in Roscommon and South Longford for her energetic music groups and story-time – actively involving children in all aspects of singing, dancing and playing music with her, as well as, acting out her stories. Parents can sit and watch or join in the fun too!


There will also be a STEM workshop - What can you make a piano out of? See if you have the technical know-how to programme a micro-bit and get a paper-piano working or can we get a makey-makey piano using grapes? Join us for an hour of creation through programming and see what instruments we can make using electronics.


Piano as an Adult; many people think they are too old to start learning the piano, this is not true! Join us for a half hour chat on taking up the piano, or returning to it after an extended break, you’re never too old to learn something new – and it’s very good for the brain!


We have a few other workshops in the pipeline so follow us on social media to keep up with the news. If you would like to book-in to any of our workshops or have any queries, please visit the website, email camlinkeyspianofestival@gmail.com or call/text 085 265 4240.


Our competition classes are all open for entry, deadline 9th June. We are aware that Longford Community Games talent final is on the same day and are liaising with them to ensure entrants won’t have to pick one or the other. We have an option on the entry form to let us know which CG group participants are involved with to avoid a clash of competitions – but get entries in early!

Piano teachers and other interested people, call in to the Longford Arms tomorrow at 11 - share your ideas!

***PRESS RELEASE 12/04/2023***


Camlin Keys Piano Festival are delighted to share the news that under the Creative Ireland Community Open Call through Longford Co. Co. we were successful in our application to fund a Piano Festival in Co. Longford.


This new Longford festival will provide an occasion for pianists of all ages and abilities to play, perform and compete in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Co. Longford has a wealth of pianists, piano teachers and students - producing the finest musicians of all genres of music. Since the piano is not always the most mobile of instruments not everybody gets the opportunity to share their skills and hard work. Our event aims to create that opportunity and we plan to host competitions, recitals, masterclasses, introductory sessions for all ages, workshops, recreational activities and a piano party!


The proposed date of the festival is mid-June and at this stage in the planning we would very much welcome input and ideas from the wider piano community, teachers, and musicians, to ensure our provision meets expectations. To that end we would like to invite interested parties to an open meeting on Friday, 14th April, venue to be confirmed, Zoom option to attend available, please email camlinkeyspianofestival@gmail.com to be notified of the venue or register for a Zoom link.


Of course, it is not only musicians Camlin Keys want to attract, but an audience too. We would welcome support and input into the development of this project from local enterprises. Perhaps with a venue option, hosting an event or sponsorship of prizes and classes. All ideas are welcome, to what we hope will become a feature of the Irish musical calendar. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at camlinkeyspianofestival@gmail.com.


Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @CamlinKeysPianoFestival or visit our work in progress website, www.camlinkeys.ie.






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Camlin Keys Piano Festival

Longford, Ireland

For enquiries, ticket purchases, and accessibility arrangements, please reach out to us at:

Phone: 085 265 4240

Email: camlinkeyspianofestival@gmail.com

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