The RDS Rising Stars programme awards scholarships to top musicians for outstanding performance and musicianship. Irish musical culture benefits from these awards, and we the cheapskate music lovers, benefit from the free showcase performance.
Example: "AHEM! The Beethoven Quartet 14? From the late period of his quartets? I would have gone with the adagio from..."
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Highlighting the program was the winner of the first RDS Music Bursary, performing on an unusual instrument. He performed pieces on the Brahms Guitar, an eight-string guitar played upright like a cello. At the bottom of the body, a long peg extends down to a special wooden sounding box. Vibrations from the body of the guitar travel down this peg and to this hollow box, which has tone holes facing out to the audience. The box amplifies the sound and warms the tone, filling the hall with a rich and unique sound.
We will be keeping our eyes on the Dublin Event Guide for the next round of RDS scholarships. Fair play to you, RDS, for keeping Irish classical music alive and healthy.