Following the passing of  the founding  Director and Administrator, Hugh and Tricia Maguire, two scholarships were presented at ConCorda for a quartet and an individual player between 2013 and 2017.


The Hugh Maguire Memorial Scholarship

In his distinguished career, Hugh Maguire was leader of both the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by an eight year period as first violin of the Allegri String Quartet. In 1979 he was appointed Director of String Studies at the Britten-Perars School for Advanced Musical Studies at Snape, and from 1983 – 1991 he also extended his performing experience to Opera and led the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden. In later life, Hugh lived near Aldeburgh and the Maltings, Snape, devoting his time to conducting and chamber music and the precious task of passing on his valuable expertise to younger generation of promising musicians, both in England and in his native Ireland. Hugh was also founding Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and President of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras.

  • The Hugh Maguire Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a formed string quartet of exceptionally high quality
  • Special attention will be given to outstanding chamber music playing
  • The Scholarship will be open to quartets of all ages and levels (‘exceptionally high quality’ will be judged relative to the age(s) of the ensemble)
  • Applicants should submit a recording of 2 contrasting pieces along with a biography of the ensemble not later than the closing date for course applications
  • Decisions on the scholarship will be made by the course Directors  following the course application closing date and communicated soon after.


The Tricia Maguire Memorial Scholarship

Born in 1948 in Felixtowe, UK, Tricia attended the Ipswich Rural Music School and later the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying viola under esteemed teacher ‘Nannie’ Jamieson. As a mature student she undertook a masters degree in classical string performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick in the class of renowned musician, Maestro Bruno Giuranna. She also trained as a reflexologist practicing for a small but very satisfied clientele. A formidable organiser, with great care for detail she single-handedly dealt with the full organisation of the ConCorda course, even making breakfast in the early courses. With Hugh at her side as Artistic Director she designed in an imaginative way extracurricular activities such as quizzes, sport events, fashion/talent shows, trad and social evenings ensuring that everyone would have a good time during the course. Tricia was a wonderful person. Kind and welcoming, she had a gentle, unassuming manner, was very wise and tactful. She did not like competition and wished to give everyone the chance to experience and enjoy, at their own level, the beauty of ensemble playing. She was extremely supportive, especially with the less confident ones, always finding a solution so that absolutely everyone was involved. Tricia was incredibly warm, generous, calm, sensitive. Brilliant with young people, always encouraging, constantly praising. She started ConCorda and later helped duplicate this course in Italy with a mission. Her aim was to nurture young people in the love of music making. She made each one involved part of a team, of a big family.

  • The Tricia Maguire Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an individual string player who has reached an exceptionally high standard of playing
  • Special attention will be given to outstanding musicality and personality in the applicants performance
  • The Scholarship is open to applicants of all ages and levels (‘exceptionally high quality’ will be judged relative to the age of the player)
  • Applicants should provide a recording of 2 contrasting pieces along with a biography not later than the closing date for the course applications
  • Decisions on the scholarship will be made by the course Directors following the course application closing date and communicated soon after.


Scholarship Rules

  • Applications / nominations should be received not later than the closing dates for the course (25th May 2018)
  • Please include a cover letter stating why you are applying / nominating for the scholarship and including points in support of the application.
  • Please include postal, telephone and email contact details.
  • A biography of the Quartet / Individual Player should be included.
  • Recording(s) of two contrasting pieces must be included. Acceptable formats for recordings are as follows:
    • A link to Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud or other streaming service  that is available for viewing / listening through a web browser.
    • .mov, .mpeg and .mp4 video files
    • .mp3, .wav audio files
    • CD or DVD disks
  • Applications can be submitted by email, post or hand-delivered to the IAYO Office in Cork.
    • Email:
    • Post / In Person: IAYO, Civic Trust House, Pope’s Quay, Cork.
  • Scholarships will only be awarded where a quartet / player of suitable standard applies or is nominated.
  • Awardees of either scholarship are ineligible to apply in the year immediately following the award.


Previous Recipients

Tricia Maguire Memorial Scholarship

Patrick Moriarty – 2014

Grace Coughlan  – 2015

Callum Owens – 2016

Alina Mayer Whitla – 2017

Hugh Maguire Memorial Scholarship

Accelerando Quartet – 2014

Dolce Quartet – 2015

Gohirio Quartet – 2016

Sunrise Quartet – 2017