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Artists in Residence

The Cork School of Music is proud to operate an Artists-in-Residence programme whereby distinguished professional artists are recognised for their association with the School. These range from individual performers to chamber ensembles, both instrumental and vocal. They perform regularly at the School and share their expertise and artistry with the next generation of young performers.

Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule. Barry has recently embarked on a monumental recording project with Chandos Records - to record the complete works for solo piano of Brahms within five years. Having developed a wealth of musical experience in his 35-year career, Barry now feels  the time is right to undertake this colossal project. The first disc of works by Brahms was released to critical acclaim on 11 March 2012. The interesting programming of each disc, which has already garnered much critical praise, presents each album as a stand-alone recital, providing a varied and engaging listening experience, and Barry has generously performed each of the programmes in the CSM. March 2014 saw the release of his first, highly-acclaimed recording of Schubert’s solo piano works, also recorded in the CSM’s Curtis Auditorium.

ALSA Productions is a Cork-based theatre production company. It was founded in 2016 by CIT Cork School of Music BA in Theatre & Drama Studies graduates Al Dalton & Sadhbh Barrett Coakley, with a particular focus on devising new work in close collaboration with other theatre-makers, musicians and artists.

ALSA Productions are currently being mentored by Judy Hegarty Lovett, Conor Lovett and Maura O’Keefe of the award winning Gare St Lazare Ireland, as part of their year long residency in the Everyman Theatre Cork (2017/2018).

Their first production was a co-production of Tomatoes by Eimear Sheehy, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and was also presented as part of the inaugural Limerick Fringe 2017.

Their first originally devised play, Swim/Stroke, was presented in 2017 at both the Cork Midsummer Festival & Clonmel Junction Festival. This piece was devised over an eight month period in close collaboration with artists; Aoife Cahill, Laura Perrem, Arran MacGabhann & Julie Daunt.

Sadhbh and Al also work as freelance actors, directors, stage managers and production managers. Al recently completed a nine month long directing mentorship facilitated by Jim Culleton of Fishamble: A New Play Company in association with Marketa Dowling of the Belltable:Connect programme, Limerick. Sadhbh also participated in Smock Alley’s  creative producers training programme, led by Caoimhe Connolly & Cliona Dukes, which culminated in Sadhbh producing four works in progress for the Smock Allies: Scene & Heard festival.

During their residency at CIT CSM, ALSA Productions will be developing their practice through play development schemes and workshops, while also focusing on nurturing their collaborative relationships with a variety of other artists and theatre makers

(Image from Swim/Stroke by ALSA Productions. Photo by Enrique Carnicero).

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Ian Wilson was born in Belfast and began composing while at university. He has written over one hundred and fifty works, including chamber operas, concertos, string quartets, a range of orchestral and chamber music and multimedia pieces. His compositions have been performed and broadcast on six continents, and presented at festivals including the BBC Proms, Venice Biennale and Frankfurt Bookfair and at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Wilson has in recent years also worked with jazz musicians, Asian tabla and Chinese pipa players and traditional Irish singers; he has also collaborated with choreographers, theatre directors and electroacoustic and computer music composers.

In 1991, Running, Thinking, Finding received the composition prize at the Ultima festival in Oslo, and in 1992 he received the Macaulay Fellowship administered by the Arts Council of Ireland. In 1998 he was elected to Aosdána, Ireland’s State-sponsored body of creative artists and in recent years he has been AHRB Research Fellow at the University of Ulster, An Foras Feasa post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Dundalk Institute of Technology and Composer-in-Association with California’s Camerata Paci ca ensemble and the Ulster Orchestra. He was director of the Sligo New Music Festival from 2003 to 2011.

There are commercially-available recordings of nearly fifty of Wilson’s works on labels including Diatribe, Riverrun, Black Box, Timbre, Guild, Meridian and Chandos. His music is published by Ricordi (London) and Universal Edition and website is

As a conductor of over 20 years’ experience, Wilson has directed many groups from choirs and ensembles to string orchestras. He conducted the acclaimed ensembles musikFabrik and Ixion during his time as director of the Sligo New Music Festival and in 2008 conducted an ensemble of Ismaili musicians in the premiere performance of his specially-composed work celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Aga Khan, in the presence of His Highness. In 2012 he conducted the Ulster Orchestra in a BBC Radio 3-broadcast Belfast Festival programme featuring works by Lutoslawski, Stravinsky and the WP of his piano fantasy Flags and Emblems with Matthew Schellhorn as soloist. In 2016 Wilson conducted the première performances of his 1916 centenary commission from the NCH and Triskel Christchurch, Wayfarers, a 45-minute work for Chamber Choir Ireland and the Vanbrugh Quartet.

As a curator, Wilson directed the Sligo new Music Festival between 2003 and 2011, introducing to Ireland for the first time signi cant works by such gures as Nono, Feldman, Radulescu, Sciarrino, Rebecca Saunders, Jacob ter Veldhuis and many others and commissioning a number of works from Irish composers including Siobhán Cleary, Jürgen Simpson and Simon Mawhinny. In 2014 Wilson was invited to curate the “Scoring History” series at the National Concert Hall, four concerts built around his own string quartet output.

Fiona Shaw is probably the most distinguished theatre artist ever to come from Cork. Early lessons in speech & drama at the Cork School of Music were followed by a BA (in Philosophy) at UCC and then specialist theatre training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she now lives. She gained great acclaim for the role of Julia in the National Theatre in 1983 and this led to work at the Royal Shakespeare Company and prominent roles on the stage, TV and Film ever since. Credits include: Madame de Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985), Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew (1987), Young Woman in Machinal (1993), Winnie in Happy Days (2007), and the title roles in Electra (1988), Hedda Gabler (1991), Medea (2000). She performed T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land as a one-person show at the Liberty Theatre in New York to great acclaim in 1996. Awards include two Olivier Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, and a Tony. Recent film and tv work includes True Blood and The Rising, where Fiona played Countess Marcievicz. Directing work includes the opera Riders to the Sea

Ash Soan has been appointed CSM Artist in Residence in recognition of his generous work as a visiting artist to the BA in Popular Music. He has been working professionally as a drummer for over 20 years. His live experience includes performing at Woodstock 94 and supporting The Rolling Stones, REM, Bon Jovi, Van Hallen, Oasis and Bryan Adams at Wembley with his first band Del Amitri. Since then Ash has toured and performed with Marianne Faithfull, Sinead O’Connor, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, James Morrison, Will Young, Squeeze, Lewis Taylor, Hamish Stuart, The Waterboys, Jeff Lorber, Trevor Horn, Seal, Rumer, Terry Reid, Ronnie Wood, Dionne Warwick and many more.

The main focus of Ash’s career has centred on the recording industry. Over the past 20 years he has recorded 51 top 20 albums for artists including: Cher, Seal, Robbie Williams, Billy Idol, Adele, Enrique Iglesias, Dionne Warwick and Rumer, James Morrison, Cee Lo Green, Celine Dion and Ronan Keating. 45 of those albums have reached the top 10, with an impressive 18 going to number 1. Ash’s discography also includes an impressive 21 top 10 singles, 11 of which reached number 1.

Other highlights of Ash’s career thus far include playing the 2012 Olympic games opening ceremony with Mike Oldfield, being the house drummer on the BBC TV show The Voice and recently playing on the soundtrack of the new Terminator movie for composer Lorne Balfe.

An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre. His recent appearances as a soloist with the both the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra along with his performance as sole musician in the Abbey Theatre’s recent Twelfth Night have placed him at the forefront of young Irish artists. Other credits include the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, and Lucerne Festival Academy where he performed with Pierre Boulez and David Robertson. He won the Irish Freemasons’ Young Musician of the Year Competition and has twice been selected to compete at the Tromp International Competition, reaching the semi-final stage.

Founded in 1975, Madrigal '75 comprises a diverse combination of singers from all walks of life. The choir has developed a reputation as a vocal ensemble of great skill and beauty, performing repertory from as early as the 14th century right through to contemporary choral works, both sacred and secular, including first performances of new commissions. In competition, Madrigal ‘75 has twice won the Carols for Christmas competitions on RTE lyric fm, in addition to Best Choir at the Montreux Festival, several Best Performances and First Prize awards at successive Cork International Choral Festivals, including the Irish Choir of the Year award. In 2013, Madrigal '75 returned to Montreux and was the highest-placed choir in the mixed-voice category. In its 40-year history, the choir has performed with several of Ireland’s leading ensembles, including the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet and the Orchestra of St Cecilia. The choir has presented both the closing and opening concerts of the prestigious East Cork Early Music Festival, as well as being invited to present the atmospheric Evocations concert for the Cork International Choral Festival. 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of Madrigal '75 as a choral group of excellence in the Cork area. In celebration of this anniversary the choir has performed a variety of concerts, the highlight of which has been performing in the Gala Opening Concert for the 2015 Cork International Choral Festival. Upcoming concerts include participation in the East Cork Early Music Festival, as well as our traditional Christmas Concert in the Cork School of Music.

Since January 2007, Madrigal '75 has been directed by James Taylor, organist and harpsichordist, who, having held posts in the UK, New Zealand and Canada, now lectures in the CIT Cork School of Music and was Assistant Director of Music of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.

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