Longford was very well represented at this year’s AIMS Awards, which took place last weekend in Killarney.
The Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) Awards recognise the work of societies all over the country, and each year, more than 1,000 people flock to the awards weekend.
St Mel’s Musical Society were nominated for an incredible five awards for ‘Oliver!’ which was performed for nine nights in April of this year.
The show impressed locals and indeed the AIMS adjudicator, who recognised excellence in every aspect of the show.
Nominated for Best Director for Paul Norton, Best Technical and Best Programme, the society were also honoured to receive a nomination for Best Chorus.
Furthermore, for the first time in the society’s history, they were nominated in the Best Overall Show category.
Twenty members of St Mel’s Musical Society travelled to Killarney last weekend for the awards, and Chairperson of the society,
June Belton said that the weekend was enjoyed by all. “The atmosphere was fantastic,” she stated.
Complimenting the organisers for a very well run weekend, June added that it’s always a great event, saying, “You can’t explain it to anyone what it’s like until you get there.”
Arriving on Friday, attendees were invited to take part in a fancy dress event. There was a buffet and music and dancing til the earl y hours of Saturday morning.
On Saturday, the annual barbeque was made even better by the glorious sunshine in Killarney.
Preparing for the AIMS Awards Gala Presentation Banquet, which took place in the INEC Gleneagle Hotel, the group gathered together beforehand, as is tradition for the local society.
Admitting that there were some nerves on the night, June continued to say that the society got great recognition from their peers at the event.
Unfortunately, St Mel’s Musical Society were not successful on the night, but any disappointment felt quickly disappeared as the society were honoured to have received so many nominations in the first place.
Fresh from the weekend, June stated that even at this early stage, there had been conversations about possibilities for next year’s production.
Though it will be a difficult task to top the success of ‘Oliver!’ there is no doubt that the society are up for the challenge.
“Hopefully we’ll have a whole lot of new people too,” June concluded.