Our Beloved Team

Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, UkuleleDan O'Neill

Dan O’Neill is an award winning Irish composer, orchestrator and music teacher from Dublin. A graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, for which he won a scholarship to attend, he holds a Masters degree in Scoring for Film and TV. As well as this he attended the Conservatory of Music in Dublin for six years, achieving a both a Bachelor of Music and Masters Degree in Music Composition. During his time at the conservatory he studied classical guitar under John Feeley. He also studied for several years at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the guitarist and composer Benjamin Dwyer.

Singing, Saxophone, Junior Music, Local Vocals Children's ChoirHeather Lawrie

Born and raised just down the road, Heather Lawrie graduated from the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music in 2018 with an Honours degree in Commercial Modern Music with a special interest in Vocal Studies. She also studied saxophone under Ron Cooney, the inspiration of the Ballymun Lullaby.
Heather has always been very interested in “the power of music” for people of all ages. Beginning to teach her own music classes at age 19, Heather has developed her own style of teaching based on fun and a deep understanding of the history of music.Besides her love of teaching, Heather has always been a performer at heart. In 2016 she travelled Europe performing her own music, with a highlight of playing in front of 15,000 people at the Montjoux musical festival in Thonon-Les-Bains, France. Since then, Heather has continued writing her own music as well as jingles for advertisements.

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.

Voice, PianoHeather Fogarty

Mezzo-soprano Heather Fogarty began singing lessons at the age of 9 with Patricia Finnegan in the Laois School of Music. At the age of 14 she was awarded a music scholarship to the Schola Cantorum at St.Finian's College Mullingar where she continued her musical studies for five years before embarking upon and completing her Vocal Studies Degree at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, studying with Mary Brennan and repetiteur Dearbhla Collins. Recently Heather was awarded the prestigious Julia Trench Bursary. Notable performances include the role of Pitti-Sing in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado with the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society in the NCH; the Owl in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen with RIAM and a lunchtime performance of Brahms Liebeslieder with Mezzo-Soprano Ann Murray in the NCH. More recent performances include the role of the 3rd soprano in Carassimi’s opera brief Jephte and the 3rd Knabe in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote - both with the RIAM. Heather spent the summer of 2013 with the International Schleswig Holstein Music Festival Choir touring Germany under the direction of maestro Rolf Beck who is also the director of the newly established Chorakademie Lubeck. Heather was privileged to take part in the first ever project with Chorakademie Lubeck last December for a series of Christmas concerts around Germany.

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.