Donegal Summer School of Music July

Our tutors

Piano Tutors

Hannah Gallagher (Piano) is an accomplished musician and piano instructor. Originally from Ramelton, she gained a scholarship to study piano and flute at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Most recently, she spent three years in Palestine teaching at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. She is a member of a piano duo with Palestinian pianist and composer Dina Shilleh and features on Shilleh's album Sudfa. Recent performing highlights include a tour of Palestine to launch the release of Shilleh's album, and a guest performance in Dublin City Hall. Hannah is now based in Dublin where she is a member of the faculty in the Piano Academy of Ireland

 

Evan McGarrigle (Duets and Piano Circus) is a highly sought after instrumental and choral pedagogue from south-west Donegal. Being an award winning piano soloist, he enjoys a busy performing schedule in collaborative and accompanying projects.


Kieran Quinn (Jazz Piano Masterclass) is classically educated and self taught. He attended the Newpark Music Centre's prestigious degree course in jazz performance.  He operates a successful private teaching practice in Co. Sligo, and is kept busy as a performer, composer and musical director.

 

 

Orchestral Instruments, Composition & Performance


Niamh Crowley (Strings) is a member of West Ocean String Quartet and also plays with Camerata, NSO, RTE Orchestra and National Sinfonia.  She founded the Sligo Academy of Music, on of the most successful music schools in Ireland, in 2000.

 

Conor Shiel (Wind and Big Jazz Band) studied clarinet and piano in the DIT School of Music (now conservatory). As a soloist Conor has performed a wide repertoire including works by Mozart, Françaix, Weber and Rossini amongst others. As an orchestral musician Conor has been engaged by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra as well as the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and has worked for Opera Theatre Company and for Wexford Opera Festival


Timmy Cape (Composition and Improvisation & Bass Guitar) graduated from TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. He is a composer whose influences range form Progressive Rock, Jazz and Contemporary music to Literature, Theatre and dance. he has created performances and installations in the South Bank Centre, London.


Kieran Quinn (Teenage Kicks) is classically educated and self taught. He attended the Newpark Music Centre's prestigious degree course in jazz performance.  He operates a successful private teaching practice in Co. Sligo, and is kept busy as a performer, composer and musical director.


Semi-Breves and Musical Minors


Louise Kelly (Semibreves and Musical Minors) is an experienced Music Therapist. She provides creative music-making workshops for children and adults which explore sounds, music-making and instruments in new ways.


Music Tech & Rec


Terry McGinty is a Sound Engineer, Music Producer and Musician. He has over 20 years experience playing with top Irish acts and involved in various multi-platinum selling records. He currently works from Valley Studios, Ballybofey.


Rock and Jazz


Mark Ponsonby (Guitar) is a well known singer and songwriter who has worked with many of the country's top musicians. More info about Mark can by seen at marksblack.com


Finbarr Doherty (Song writing) is a singer songwriter and has released CDs of his own work. Finbarr’s latest CD has been nominated for a Hotpress award


Seamus Devenny (Drums and Song writing) teaches drums, violin and plays in several bands, performing at festivals, on radio and TV.


Timmy Cape (Bass Guitar) graduated from TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. He is a composer whose influences range form Progressive Rock, Jazz and Contemporary music to Literature, Theatre and dance. he has created performances and installations in the South Bank Centre, London.


Vocals


Tine Verbeke has voice classes in Dublin and Donegal. She has coached many professional Rock, Pop and Classical singers. Tine examines with the RIAM and sings with Concorde. experienced music teacher.


Lorna Mc Laughlin is an experienced music teacher. She is a member of the highly successful Henry Girls and founder member of the Inishowen Gospel Choir.


Sara Laughlin completed a masters degree in music, specialising in vocal performance, and is a secondary school music teacher. She is also a voice tutor with Donegal Music Education Partnership and conducts the Donegal Youth Choir.


Art and dance


Anna West (Art) is a  graduate of The National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She specialises  in working with recycled metal and plastic.

 

Muireann Walshe (Art) is a graduate of The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and is an award winning jewellery designer. She has a studio in the Irish Design Shop in Dublin.


Linda Bennett (Dance) Trained at Laban dance centre at Goldsmith College, London. Taught Modern Dance, rock Jazz and Funky Disco at Pineapple Dance Studios from 1983 to 1987. Has worked with renowned choreographers Arlene Philips and Bruno Tonioli. She has also done TV work in Japan and backing dancer with touring bands. currently choreographer to the Finesse gymnastics display team.



Percussion


Thomas Duffy (Samba) is a percussionist specialising in Afro-Brazilian music and Samba. He is Director of Rhythmriot Music; performing and teaching Brazilian music nationally. He is Musical director of Maracatu Ilha Brilhante; Ireland’s only all Island Brazilian percussion and cultural group. He is also a member of the ‘Maracatu Europa’ International ensemble and of ‘The Mad Hatters’ street performance group


Ronan McKee (Percussion/Xylophone) studied music at the University of Huddersfield. He has worked with the BBC Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra and NYOI and he has toured with the Hofesh Shechter Company performing their acclaimed work Political Mother. He is also the founder and director of The educational company Play Percussion.