Deirdre Moynihan_Profile ImageAs a soprano soloist Deirdre Moynihan performs with many operatic, orchestral, choral and chamber music groups both in Ireland and on the International stage. Her debut CD of Vivaldi Cantatas was released by Naxos in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. International Record Review described her voice as being “unfailingly beautiful in tone”, Music Web International wrote “a beautiful voice, which is perfectly suited to baroque music” and The Sunday Business Post referred to her “superb vocal clarity”. Her latest CD release ‘From The Olive Tree’ features music from Spain and Italy performed with classical guitarist Alec O’ Leary. Deirdre has been a soloist with, amongst others, the R.T.É Concert Orchestra, R.T.É National Symphony Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra. Radio broadcasts include Lyric FM, RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio Ulster.  She was a former member of and soloist with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland and has worked as the soprano coach for The Irish Youth Choir. Much in demand as a vocal coach, she has been invited to give many singing masterclasses and ensemble workshops. Deirdre is the inspiration behind the specialist choral music website “Choirs Can” – www.choirscan.com . Choirs Can showcases new arrangements of choral music in the Irish language and these arrangements along with useful learning tools are free to download from the website. Deirdre is also the Programmes Manager for Music Network. www.deirdremoynihan.com

 

 

 

IMGP0468Dr. Orla Flanagan is Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College, Dublin. She studied conducting with Prof. Péter Erdei at the Kodály Institute in Hungary and has participated in courses and masterclasses throughout Europe. In 2012 she was awarded a Doctorate of Music in Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  Orla conducts the award-winning Mornington Singers, an adult choir based in Dublin. She gained the McCurtain & McSwiney Award to a conductor at the Cork Choral Festival’s Fleischmann International Trophy Competition in 2014 and 2011 and in April 2009 was awarded a special prize for interpretation at the 10th International Choral Competition, Maribor, Slovenia. She frequently gives choral workshops and adjudicates at festivals throughout Ireland.

In addition to her work with the Mornington Singers, Orla directs the UCD Philharmonic Choir. She has also appeared with professional choral ensembles: as conductor of Milltown Chamber Choir from 2006–2011, with EnsemBéal at the Béal Festival in November 2012 and as a frequent guest conductor with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, with whom she performed at the White House for Barack Obama in 2011.