King House

King House Historical and Cultural Centre, Military Rd., Knocknashee, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

Recital: Liam and Alana McManus

Young musicians Liam and Alana McManus have won numerous awards and have performed on both guitar and piano in many national venues, including the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Liam Mc Manus is a student at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama since 2007. In 2013, he was the winner of the Bach Prize, a senior competition for guitar. This year, he won the Junior Bursary for best overall performance in Sligo Feis Ceoil.  He has been in the top tier of young Irish piano performers, winning in piano duet partnership at Feis Ceoil with his sister, Alana, and achieved the highest place in the Junior Piano Concerto (U17) competition in 2013.

Alana Mc Manus has been a pupil of Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin since 2010.  Like her brother Liam, she has also been studying guitar with Professor John Feeley.  On both instruments, she has consistently achieved ‘distinction’ status at DIT and been a first-prize winner at many major national competitions. This year, she won the ‘under 15’ guitar competition at Feis Ceoil.  In 2014, Alana was the chosen young pianist to perform for the launch of new Steinway instruments at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.