Having studied singing at RIAM and TU Dublin in the past, I left an engineering career to return to music in 2010. I met singing teacher Professor Owen Gilhooly-Miles at a Sing Ireland choral conducting summer school in Limerick in 2015 and resumed weekly vocal studies with him at the Midwest Vocal Academy in Limerick.
Owen, my teacher for many years believed in me from the start and his teaching and encouragement have been central to my success. The Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers in the UK in 2018 and 2019 introduced me to the wonderful singing teacher Christine Cairns with whom I have been working continuously since 2019.
Agility Awards from the Arts Council in 2022 and 2023 enabled coaching in Berlin with Baroque Specialist Tim Ribchester, lieder coaching with German coach Gerhard Gall and pianists Chelsea Padilla and Paul Cibis. In June 2022 I performed at the Bloomsday 100 Celebrations at the Irish Ambassadors Residence in Berlin. I had the honour of performing the closing concert of the Galway Early Music Festival in 2023 with Mark Keane, harpsichord and performing in two concerts of the Castleknock Music Festival in 2023 with festival director and pianist, Anna Kiselyova.
I have worked with collaborative pianists including Annalisa Monticelli, Mark Keane, Catriona Grimes, Nigel Foster, Seho Lee, Irina Dernova and Ramin Haghjoo. I have performed art song with Marco Ramelli (guitar). An artist bursary from Galway County Council in 2021 enabled a performance with a period instrument ensemble of Yonit Kosovske, Anita Vedres and Sarah Groser for the 2021 Galway Early Music Festival. I have performed art song with pedal harpist Anne-Marie O’Farrell and I have performed with a quartet of Sinead Hayes violin, Rozanne Botha violin, Tom Murphy viola, and Adrian Ivičević cello.
I completed my DipABRSM in 2019 and have undertaken training abroad including Training in Classical Voice with Janice Chapman and Dr Ron Morris in 2017, The Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers in the UK in 2018 and 2019 and The Singer as Artist in France in September, 2019. I won the Todd Cup for Oratorio at the Feile Luimnigh in March 2020 and was runner-up in the Duggan Cup for lieder.
I always aim to connect with my audience by explaining the background to the music in an engaging way. 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.
I have a passion for chamber music which stems from my background as a recorder ensemble player. I am Musical Director of The Whistleblowers Recorder Ensemble and Choral Director of Oranmore-based SATB Choir, The Marine Singers.
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
In Rathfarnham Castle with pianist Mark Keane in March 2020.