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.

 

Tim Cape (Composition, Improvisation & Bass Guitar & Brass) graduated from Trinity Laban 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


Eleanor Lamb (Semibreves and Musical Minors)


Music Tech & Rec


TBC


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.


Tim 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


Theodora Byrne studied Commercial Modern Music specialising in Vocal studies in BIMM Dublin, and graduated in 2016. She has toured internationally as keyboardist and backing vocalist with Irish artist James Vincent McMorrow, and has performed with many other acclaimed Irish acts such as Lisa Hannigan, Roisin O, Ham Sandwich and Delorentos, to name but a few. Theodora is also musical director of Playlist Community Choir and the Avolon Aerospace workplace choir, both based in Dublin.


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


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. Former choreographer to the Finesse gymnastics display team and currently with Zona dance studios teaching jazz and acrobatics for dancers.


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


Gerry Strawbridge (Percussion/Xylophone)