03 Oct 2022

Six Tipperary musical societies feature in annual AIMS Awards nominations

Frank Tuohy

Thurles Musical Society Chairman Frank Tuohy receiving an AIMS Award in 2018

Ten nominations come the way of Tipperary in total 

Musical societies across County Tipperary have received ten nominations for Association of Irish Musical Society awards which will be announced on Saturday June 15 in the INEC, Killarney.

Emma Sutherland of St Mary's Clonmel

The nominations were announced as part of the annual AIMS New Ross Choral Festival at the weekend and saw Nenagh, Clonmel, Thurles, Roscrea, Carrick-on-Suir and Tipperary all featuring in the programme for shows including Sister Act, Hairspray, Chicago, All Shook Up, Michael Collins- A Musical Drama, My Fair Lady, and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Cathal O'Donoghue of Thurles Musical Society

And, there are very familiar names in the nomations too including the likes of multiple winners Cathal O'Donoghue, who has perfomed with Thurles, Tipperary and St Mary's Clonmel amongst others, and Paul Spencer of Roscrea who is also no stranger to the AIMS awards having been one of the finest performers in the county over a long number of years.

The awards are divided into two sections - Gilbert and Sullivan. And, in two of the categories, Tipperary societies will go head-to-head with both Cathal O'Donoghue and Emmet Donlon nominated for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role; while Carrick-on-Suir and St Mary's Clonmel are both nominated for the Best Programme category.

Emmet Donlon of Tipperary Musical Society
The Gilbert section nominations concerning Tipperary are:
Best Actress - Emma Sutherland of St Mary's Clonmel for her role as Natalie in All Shook Up.
Best Actor - Paul Spencer of Roscrea Musical Society for his role as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Cathal O'Donoghue of Thurles Musical Society for his role as Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins - A Musical Drama.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Emmet Donlon for his role as Judas in Tipperary Musical Society's Jesus Christ Superstar.
Best House Management - Tipperary Musical Society for Jesus Christ Superstar.
Best Programme - Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society for Chicago.
Best Programme - St Mary's Clonmel for All Shook Up.
In the Sullivan section, the nominations relating to Tipperary are:
Best Ensemble - Nenagh Choral Society for “Raise Your Voice” in Sister Act.
Best Chorus - Nenagh Choral Society Youth Academy for Hairspray.
Best Visual - Nenagh Choral Society Youth Academy for Hairspray.

Roscrea's Paul Spencer

The Best Overall Show nominations will be announced on the Friday night before the banquet and it is expected that there will be a very strong Premier County presence in the INEC on the Saturday evening when over 1,100 will attend the glittering event hosted by the AIMS executive council.

The AIMS awards will be streamed live on the AIMS website also. Congratulations to the Tipperary nominees.

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