Music festival braces for another bumper entry

The Northern Ireland music festival which gave international singer-songwriter Katie Melua one of her first performing platforms is braced for a bumper entry this year.

The Carrick Music Festival which runs from April 27 to May 12 in Carrickfergus Town Hall is expecting upwards of 2,000 entrants from Carrick, Belfast, Newtownabbey, Ballymena, Antrim, Larne and further afield for its 260-plus classes.

This year’s syllabus - the biggest to date - is being launched on January 14 and features a number of innovative new classes including one for composition, an over-18 as well as an adult-child piano duet class and a section for brass and string ensembles. You could even come and perform a piece you’ve already presented or are about to present in an exam.

The final date to enter the festival is March 10, 2012. Entrants can download the syllabus on line at or contact the festival’s Business Convenor Charlie Hilditch on Tel: 028 9336 2361.