Top Security/Frank Maher Classical Music Awards for 2021

The Top Security/Frank Maher Classical Music Awards for 2021 are now open for applications from sixth year students of string, woodwind, brass and piano. 

The €5,000 bursary will be used by the winner to attend a recognised place of tuition, a course of study in Ireland or abroad or on a purchase necessary for the development of their talent. The finalists will each receive a €300 bursary. 

The Top Security/Frank Maher Classical Music Awards is Ireland’s largest classical music competition for secondary schools.  

Past winners have received national and international recognition for their achievements and used their prize money as a springboard towards a professional career by funding their studies at some of the world’s most renowned music colleges and institutions, including the Juilliard School, Barenboim-Said Akademie, Royal College of Music, Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique et de DanseKronberg Academy and the Meadows School of the Arts to name a few. 

The closing date for this year’s entries is Friday 8th October 2021 at 5pm. 

A maximum of seven finalists will be selected by an independent board of adjudicators to attend the competition night on Friday 29th October 2021

Attached please find the A4 launch poster for your further use. 

Further information, rules and a copy of the application form for downloading on


Connie Greven-Fruehmann 

On behalf the Frank Maher Classical Music Awards