Our Beloved Team

CelloDoireann Ni Aodain

Doireann Ní Aodáin is a cellist from Cork studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is currently studying her Bachelors of Music Performance Degree with Martin Johnson.

Doireann completed her Grade 8 at the age of 16 in the Cork School of Music.

She has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra since 2019 and is a member of the award-winning Anam Cara quartet, which were this year’s Young Artists at the Boyne Music Festival. They won the Chamber Music cup in addition to the String Quartet cup at this years Feis Ceoil.

Singing, PianoNiamh St. John

Niamh is a Voice and Piano teacher. In 2018 Niamh completed her BMus in Vocal Performance in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama under the guidance of Dr. Robert Alderson.

Niamh is very involved with Irish National Opera’s chorus including their most recent productions Verdi’s ‘Aida’, Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’, Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ and Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ performing in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Cork Opera House and The National Opera House Wexford. Beginning piano at the age of 6 Niamh was immersed in a variety of musical styles, performing in school musicals and singing with the Headford Youth Big Band, while also leading the school orchestra on violin, being a member of Galway Youth Orchestra for six years and a member of a traditional ceili band.

Niamh has sung in a number of places working on her solo career, including being chosen as Boyne’s 2019 Young Artist and performing a recital in Townley Hall. Amongst this Niamh has performed recitals in The Pepper Canister, Christ Church Cathedral, The Pro Cathedral, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Boyle Arts Festival and as a soloist in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral, The National Concert Hall, Bowdon Opera festival Manchester and performed scenes with The RTE Concert Orchestra in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre as part of Irish National Opera’s Yong Artist Showcase and winners of the 2019 Feis Ceoil Ensemble Competition performing scenes from ‘Hansel and Gretel’.

Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lute, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Electric Bass GuitarDarren Loughran

Darren Loughran is a classical guitarist & guitar teacher hailing from Dublin. Growing up in a musical household, his father a traditional concertina player and his mother whom dabbled with the guitar, Darren was greatly encouraged and exposed to music from an early age. Having started on wind instruments as a child with his school band, Darren had his first recording experience at the age of nine and performed with the band in numerous competitions and concerts across the country, mainly Irish music.
At the age of 14, Darren received his first guitar and in his teens studied with guitar teacher Tony Lee. Following this Darren completed a diploma in music performance and technology before moving on to study classical guitar with Alan Grundy at the Dublin Conservatory of Music (DIT) and was the first student to receive their Advanced 2 diploma. Darren has also received instruction on a number of occasions from world renowned classical guitarist Denis Azabagic.

Clarinet, SaxophoneMargot Maurel

Margot Maurel is a Clarinet and Saxophone teacher.

Originally from France, Margot moved to Dublin in 2020 to continue her studies in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, under the tutelage of John Finucane.

Margot began studying clarinet at the age of 8 and since then she has been involved in numerous Orchestras and Chamber music groups as well as solo performance opportunities. She has taken part in several masterclasses led by world renowned musicians, such as Daniel Ottensamer from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Yehuda Gilad from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.

Margot made her debut with the RTE Concert Orchestra this year in St Patricks Cathedral.

Margot also enjoys listening to other genres of music, such as ABBA and Queen!

Trombone, PianoJames Doherty

James Doherty is a Trombone and Piano teacher. James graduated with a Masters in Jazz Performance from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2016. He began Piano at the age of six and Trombone at the age of eight through the City of Belfast School of Music. He also played with the Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra. In late 2013 James started playing with Booka Brass, an eight piece New Orleans style Brass Band. Starting off by playing in small venues they went on to organise and perform sold out shows all over Ireland including Vicar Street, Dublin and four times at the Cork Opera House as part of the Cork Jazz Festival in 2015, 2016 and 2017. They also have performed for a number of television shows in Ireland including 'Other Voices', 'The Ray D'Arcy Show', and 'Republic of Telly'. In September 2017 the band were featured in an 8 part Sky Arts Tv series called 'Tony Visconti's Unsigned Heroes'.

Singing, Piano & ViolinClodagh Kinsella

Wexford native Clodagh Kinsella completed her B.A in Vocal Studies in the Royal Irish Academy of Music with a First Class Honours and is now in her second year of a MA studying with Lynda Lee and repetiteur Dr. Dearbhla Collins. A multi-instrumentalist and singer, she began violin at the age of five and piano at the age of 8. Clodagh has completed her grade eight level in violin and piano. Solo concert appearances include Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore , Haydn’s Stabat mater, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater , Handel’s Messiah , Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio ,Vivaldi’s Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Gloria.