Amy Gillen Awarded Gold Medal by RCM
Amy Gillen, who received the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance in 2018, has been awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal by the Royal College of Music for her outstanding contribution musically and in other important ways to the life of the College.
The special award was announced by the Director of the RCM, Professor Colin Lawson CBE, at the College’s 2020 graduation ceremony which took place virtually on 23rd September from the new auditorium of the College’s campus in Kensington. Amy will be presented with her award by HRH the Prince of Wales at the President’s Annual Visit to the RCM in 2021.
Earlier Amy was presented (virtually) with her Master of Music Performance in Flute degree in which she received a Distinction First Class Honours.
Commenting after she had heard the news of the medal, Amy said, “I would not have been able to do it without the invaluable and generous support of Irish Heritage and the friendship I’ve experienced from all involved while I was in London.”
Twenty-four-year-old Amy, who comes from Bridgetown in County Donegal, was awarded a first class honours BA of Music Performance in flute and a first class honours Licentiate Teaching Diploma in flute from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2018. She moved to London in September 2018 to study at the Royal College of Music.
Amy has performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and made her solo concerto debut with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in April 2018 playing the Libermann Flute Concerto. She has also taken part in the BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathway Scheme.
Amy’s exceptional talent has already been recognised through the award of multiple prizes both in Ireland and further afield not least by Sir James Galway.
Irish Heritage was proud to provide Amy with her London debut in March 2019.