Golden girl Rebecca does it again at the Feis

24 gold medals later&& Rebecca breaks her record again!
24 gold medals later&& Rebecca breaks her record again!

When it comes to the Derry Feis 14 years-old Rebecca Doherty is unstoppable.

For the sixth year in a row the talented Derry schoolgirl has won the award for best overall competitor in the Feis Under 17.

And it doesn’t stop there.

This year she picked up 24 gold medals at Feis Dhoire Cholmcille, beating the record she set last year of 22 gold medals, and 20 gold medals in 2012.

She also set another two Feis records by winning all three Open Repertoire Competitions across the three disciplines of Piano, Strings and Woodwind and the Special Award for the Best Individual Feis competitor (under 17) for the sixth consecutive year.

When the Derry girl visited the Journal offices this week it took her a good ten minutes to unload the many medal and trophies she had won.

Rebecca’s tutors include Kevin Healy-(recorder- winner of The Willie Campbell Shield for the most successful instrumental teacher), Robert Peoples (violin), Kathryn O’Callaghan (voice), Diana Mc Laughlin (piano), Rionach McGlinchey (drama) and Mrs Mc Gillion (flute) Lumen Christi College.

Rebecca, who hails from the Culmore Road also won the following Special Awards : The Edward Henry O’Doherty Shield for the best Individual Feis Competitor (under 17) for the sixth consecutive year (a new record for this particular award) and The Bridget Cassidy Cup for the Most Promising Violinist.

Rebecca won first place in the following 24 competitions:


The Lecky Cup and Bursary-Piano Repertoire (open)

The John Maultsaid Cup and Bursary-Piano (age 14-16)

Feis Cup- Piano Quick Study (under 16)

Piano Sight Reading (under 16)

Piano Duet (age 13-16)


The Jim Chapman Cup and Bursary- String Repertoire (open)

Violin-(age 14-16)

Viola- (age 14-16)

Sight Reading for Strings- (Under 16)

String Duet- (age 13-16)

String Quartet-(age 13-16)


The George White Cup and Bursary –Instrumental Repertoire (open)

Descant Recorder -(age 14-16)

Treble Recorder-(age 14-16)

Flute-(age 14-16)

Any Other Orchestral Instrument (open)

Instrumental Duet (open)


Phyllis Simms Cup and Bursary-Girl’s Solo (age 14-16)

The Casey Cup- Girls’ and Boys’ Irish Song (age 14-16)

Kathleen Walshaw Cup –Singing Trio (under 16)


Young People’s Verse (age 14-15)

The Conaghan Cup