I studied singing at the RIAM and TU Dublin while also studying engineering at University College Dublin. I qualified and worked as an engineer for many years while singing in Galway Baroque Singers and Súnus Chamber Choir. I returned to music teaching in 2010, but it wasn’t until I met Owen Gilhooly at a Sing Ireland choral conducting summer school in Limerick in 2015 that I returned to weekly vocal studies.
Studying outside the conservatory system, performance opportunities needed to be created. St Mary’s Cathedral Limerick were incredibly supportive and invited me to sing many times in their lunchtime series. I always aim to connect with my audience by explaining the background to the music in an engaging way. For me it is a win when an audience member tells me afterwards that their understanding of the background of a song or aria completely changed their enjoyment of it and that they would come again!
I really enjoy planning concert programs and linking the material thematically. To me a concert is a journey for the performers, one that they must bring the audience on with them. There is nothing like live music and feeding on the energy in the room. My singing journey has demanded huge levels of determination, focus and self-belief but is the most significant thing I have ever done for myself. Owen Gilhooly, my teacher for many years believed in me from the start and his teaching and encouragement has been central to my success. The Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers in the UK in 2018 and 2019 also brought huge benefits: there I met Nigel Foster and also my fantastic singing teacher Christine Cairns with whom I have been working continuously since 2019.
I am extremely grateful to Galway County Arts Office for an Artist Bursary in 2021 and to The Arts Council of Ireland for an Agility Award in 2022. My Agility Award took me to Berlin in June 2022 which led to my career highlight so far, singing at the Bloomsday 100 Celebrations at the Irish Ambassadors Residence in Berlin. I have worked with fantastic people in Berlin- Baroque specialist and vocal coach Tim Ribchester, German coach Gerhard Gall and pianist Chelsea Padilla. Loads of potential for the future!
Galway Early Music Festival 2021 Virtual lunchtime concert Love, Sorrow and Seduction. Filmed at the Mick Lally Theatre with Yonit Kosovske harpsichord, Anita Vedres violin and Sarah Groser Viola de gamba, with financial assistance from Galway County County Artist Bursary