Adhamh has been playing drums since the age of 6 where he began lessons with Shaun Forde of Togher. He achieved his Grade 8 on drum kit when he was 16 from London Trinity College and has been gigging since. Adhamh plays with a variety of singer song writers, most recently touring Ireland with Irish Folk Artist "Best Newcomer" award winner Sara Ryan. Adhamh gigs regularly playing weddings, pubs,functions and festivals all over Ireland and abroad. Adhamh is a 4th year student in the Cork School of Music finishing his BA in Popular Music Specialising in Drums.
Adrian Hanly began playing euphonium in October 2002 at age 11 under Gerard Condon. He joined Clonakilty Brass Band in November 2002 and was made Principal Euphonium of the band the following September, aged 12. He continued to study under Gerard Condon until 2010 during which time he played with a number of brass and concert bands throughout Cork as well as the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble.
In 2010, Adrian began his studies on the BMus Degree in the Cork School of Music, where he studied euphonium under Anthony Neal. He graduated from the BMus in 2014 and recently completed his Taught MA in performance, again studying euphonium with Anthony Neal. He has taken part in masterclasses with Gary Curtin, David Thornton, Frank Duppenbecker and Chris Neary.
Adrian began work as a brass tutor in 2013, joining the staff of Togher Music School in 2014. He has since tutored with a number of different bands and projects around Cork City and County and is a regular brass teacher with the Barrack Street, Clonakilty, Blarney and Midleton bands. He also continues to perform with various bands and orchestras around County Cork including the CSM Wind Ensemble, the CSM Symphony Orchestra as well as the Irish Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Since finishing her music degree in U.C.C. Anna has been involved with various recording and performance projects both in Ireland and abroad. She also completed the Associate Teaching diploma (piano) with the London College of Music, and is currently finishing a Masters in Performance of Music in U.C.C. An active songwriter and performer, Anna enjoys teaching a wide range of music styles both on piano and voice.
Ani Luna Zafieri, 1989, is a classically trained pianist. Bmus, Ma.
She started to take piano lessons at the age of four.
She was born and raised in Croatia although she has Italian roots; she attended the primary and the secondary schools in Italian language, as well as the music school.
She has a Bachelor and the Master degree in Piano Performance from the Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Tartini” of Trieste and the Conservatorio di Musica “Benedetto Marcello” of Venezia. She got a scholarship for both of the degrees .
Her main interest was always the piano, but she also studied organ and harpsichord, as well as clarinet, which she started when she was 12 and stayed as an active member in the woodwind orchestra for 10 years.
Since she was a child she was fond of the Irish culture so that’s why she took part in the Exchange Erasmus Project that took her to the Cork School of Music when she was at the final year of the Master degree in Venice.Later that year she was granted with the Working With Music scholarship and so she applied for a 10-months traineeship at the Togher Music School.
She is now teaching piano and theory in Togher Music School and her plans for the future are to stay in Cork.
Aoife Blake is an experienced music teacher from Co. Galway, teaching piano, harp, violin/fiddle and theory at Togher Music School. Aoife has teaching experience in a variety of settings including primary and secondary school classes, private lessons, Comhaltas and other traditional music organisations across Cork. She strives to tailor lessons so that each individual student may learn and progress to the best of their ability, in an environment that promotes confidence and enjoyment of music and learning.
Aoife is currently undertaking an MA in Irish Harp Performance at CIT Cork School of Music and has graduated with a BA-Mus and BMus from UCC (2014/2015), receiving first class hons in both. She was awarded Senior Certificate for Piano and Grade Eight for Irish Harp with the Royal Irish Academy, and received the gold medal for performance in both in 2011. Aoife was often called to perform at the RIAM High Achiever Awards on harp and piano. In her studies at UCC Aoife specialised in performance, studying piano under Rhoda Dullea, harp under Lisa Canny and Fidelma Hanrahan, and fiddle under Connie O'Connell. She performed with the UCC Traditional Music Ensemble at various concerts and occasions, and is now studying at CSM under Johnny McCarthy and Claire O'Donnell, where she performs with the CSM Bruach ensemble. Aoife also plays at weddings and functions in Cork and the surrounding area, providing music on harp, piano, and singing, and performs with Killarney Irish music and dance production 'Gaelic Roots'.
Celina López Barrionuevo was born in Tucumán, Argentina and began learning violin at the age of 8 under professors Ana María Palazzo, Carlos del Lungo and Gustavo Guersman. She continued with professional study at the Institute of Music of the National University of Argentina, qualifying in performance in 2011 and in teaching in 2016.
Celina has performed extensively through Argentina, Germany and Ireland with orchestras, chamber music groups, and as a soloist playing with Orquesta Estable of Tucumán, National University of Argentina’s Youth Orchestra, Argentina National Orquesta del Bicentenario, Clara Wieck young Orchestra – Plauen, Germany. Since moving to Cork full time, Celina has played with MUSICA Orchestra, Munster String Quartet, Cork Pops Orchestra, Cork City Quartet among others.
An experienced violin teacher, Celina has worked with a number of educational bodies such as the National University of Argentina Institute of Music, Yerba Buena and Lomas de Tafí social programs, Educación del Talento primary school, etc
Claire Martin is a professional piano teacher and pianist who graduated with a first class honours degree from the Cork School of Music in 2009. She has 15 years of teaching experience and focused studies on pedagogy as part of her degree. Claire has taught in various music schools throughout Cork. She actively teaches both the junior, leaving certificate music and music theory. ABRSM and RIAM examination boards.
Dave has been a prominent working musician and music educator for the past 25 years and has performed with a number of bands and solo artists from a local to an international level. His qualifications include a BA and an MA in Ethnomusicology and he has been teaching at TMS since it's inception in 2003.
Deirdre is a graduate of CIT Cork School of Music holding a Bachelor of Arts in Popular Music. She gained invaluable experience specialising in performing, orchestral and jazz arranging, songwriting and musical direction. For the past six years, Deirdre has sung and played piano at church weddings, civil ceremonies and wedding receptions as well as fine dining restaurants and on stage with various cover bands.
As a teacher, Deirdre’s main goal is to help both adults and children build confidence in their abilities and if they wish to do so, perform on stage.
Graduated in 2013 with a H. Dip in Music. Teacher of violin and Piano trained in both classical and trad. Teacher of leaving and junior cert music theory and practical.
Fionn O'Neill is a bassist, guitarist, singer and songwriter from Dingle, Co. Kerry.
He gigs regularly around Cork, Dublin and Kerry with various function bands including his own original band, Strange Attractor, for which he writes and arranges all material.
They have gone on to play such festivals as Electric Picnic, Other Voices and the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival as well as a German tour and their music is played regularly on Red FM and various other Irish stations. Since moving to Cork he has studied at CSN (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa) and has recently completed his BA of Popular Music in the School of Music.
Jennifer O’ Sullivan is an experienced harpist and flautist based in Cork, with a background in both classical and traditional music. She has completed a BMus in Cork School of Music, where she studied concert harp with teacher Claire O’ Donnell and classical flute with teacher Sabine Ducrot. She is currently completing a Masters in Music Performance at Cork School of Music and also holds an LTCL Performance Diploma from Trinity College London. As part of her BMus degree, Jennifer has studied a broad range of subjects with a particular interest in Instrumental Teaching, Class Teaching and Music Therapy.< Jennifer performs regularly at weddings and events under the name To Harp & To Hold and has previously performed for President Michael D. Higgins on a visit to Cork. Jennifer also enjoys playing in chamber groups and orchestras and has played both harp and flute with the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra; the Cork School of Music Wind Ensemble; the Cork Concert Orchestra; Cork Philharmonic Winds; Band 1 Brigade; and the Defence Forces Massed Bands. Aside from Jennifer's studies in classical music, she also has a great interest in traditional Irish music and has been attending traditional summer schools for many years, such as Scoil Acla, Achill Island and the Joe Mooney Summer School in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim. She also teaches at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and has played for céilís and at sessions throughout Cork and Ireland. Jennifer's approach to teaching has been developed through her own experience of music lessons and ensemble participation over the years. She is dedicated to continuously teaching students in a way that helps and benefits them and understands the importance of adapting music education to suit each student's needs. She focuses on working with students at a rate which suits them and endeavors to ensure each music lesson is a positive, productive and enjoyable experience for both student and teacher.
Pianist and vocalist
She was born in Argentina, studied in the National University of Rosario, school of Music in Rosario, Argentina from 2010 until 2017 and took private vocal lessons for four years.
She was the pianist of the Tango Orchestra “Orquesta típica del sur” from 2012 until 2017. Where she participated of many performances and “Milongas” in Santa Fé, Argentina.
Katie graduated in 2010 with an honours degree (BMus) from CIT Cork School of Music. During her time there she studied Violin with Adrian Petcu, pedagogy with Leslie – Gail Ellis and Chamber Music with Constantin Zanidache. She has performed throughout Ireland and Switzerland with numerous orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the Young Irish Chamber Orchestra in Cork, Cork Symphony Orchestra, and Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with an extensive list of performers including Nigel Kennedy, Nicola Benedetti etc. Katie studied piano with Margaret Murphy and pianist Andrew Zolinsky.
Since then she has played as part of Cork Concert Orchestra and has continued her studies with Katherine Hunka and Diane Daly from the Irish Chamber Orchestra. In 2017 she completed her ARSM Diploma in Violin performance receiving a distinction. Katie has a huge range of teaching experience including one – to – one tuition, large group classes, chamber music and orchestral direction.
Kate Twohig BA BMus
Togher Music School
Having obtained her BA in Music and Irish from University College Cork, Kate went on to study music further, obtaining a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music degree from UCC. Throughout college, Kate focused on performance , composition and arrangement in pop repertoire and original music. Although an experienced teacher in piano and voice, outside of the classroom Kate has worked with household names like Jerry Fish, Jack L and more as an arranger, keyboardist and vocalist. Kate has gigged extensively with her own music projects, opening for and playing with popular acts such as Gavin James, Brian Kennedy, Mick Flannery and more. She also works as a ceremony musician, ranging from solo singing to piano and string quartets. In the world of musical theatre, Kate has performed in theatres since a very young age, progressing onto musical director of large scale productions. Currently Kate is working in studio on a solo project, with the hope to launching it in early 2018.
Niamh Roe is currently a Violin and Piano teacher at Togher Music School and holds an honours B. Mus degree from the CIT Cork School of Music. She has played both the Violin and Piano since she was 7 years old and has also sung in many Choirs. Along with teaching she regularly sings and plays the organ for both Weddings/ Funerals. Niamh has been very involved in orchestras over the years such as the Irish Youth Orchestra, JONDE(a Spanish Orchestra), as well as local Orchestras and Choirs throughout the City. These have involved numerous concert tours over the years to other countries as well as Ireland with famous International and National Soloists.
Guitar Tutor - Patrick O'Donnell
A professional musician for over ten years, Patrick is a creative, highly motivated educator with a proven track record for encouraging a love of all things musical. As a performer, he has extensive experience, having toured both nationally and internationally in various ensembles including pop, funk, soul and original music. Deeply passionate about the positive impact that music can have in people’s lives, he is proficient in Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals and Piano. Through his guitar tutoring at Togher Music School, Patrick aims to place emphasis on fun and imagination, helping youngsters to find their own voice on a chosen instrument.
Pavla is an instrumentalist and has extensive experience as a teacher. She is particularly interested in the Musical Theatre genre, though she is established in the arts music cannon too.
Philip Guiton BMus MA Music Tech
Instruments: Guitar / Bass / Ukulele / Theory / Music Technology / Composition
Philip Guiton is a full-time Cork musician, living and working in the city. He obtained his honors Bachelor's Degree in Music at UCC in 2013, and later an MA in Music & Technology at CIT Cork School of Music in 2017.
As a teacher at Togher Music School, Philip covers a wide range in musical education, teaching guitar, bass, ukulele, theory and composition. Styles include Pop, Rock, Classical, Jazz, Folk and Blues. He directs a course in Music Technology, utilising the latest in music software and the facilities at Togher Music School's in-house recording studio. He also works with Togher Rock School, a project dedicated to getting musicians performing together as a group, focusing on live performance and studio recording.
Aside from teaching, Philip is active in performing music, live sound engineering, recording and producing music.
Shane Ladden completed a Bmus in the CIT Cork School of Music in 2009, and an MA in piano performance in 2012. Since then he has been active in Cork's musical life as both a performer and teacher.
Vincent Whelan has achieved an honours degree in Music in 2000 and a honours graduate diploma in music education in 2010. Since then he has been involved in music teaching both in secondary school and in music schools. Vincent has taught piano, music theory, Leaving Cert and Junior Cert music at Togher Music school since 2010.