Volunteers. St Agnes School Violin & Orchestra Project acknowledges the wonderful work of very many volunteers. Week by week volunteers help with dozens of varied tasks, which include the preparation of music folders and practice parts, setting up and clearing away after orchestra, fundraising with all the related work involved in event management, catering and working in the Pop-
Joanna Crooks, a founder of Dublin Youth Orchestras, Joanna continued to become Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. With the NYOI she was instrumental in many innovative projects and developments. She is founder of the St. Agnes’/ Scoil Úna Naofa String Project which has grown and developed from it’s beginning in 2006 and touched the lives of hundreds of people young and old. Read full biography>>
Pauline Cavanagh having played with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Pauline continues her playing with the Hibernian Orchestra. She has been the principal tutor with St. Agnes’ music programme since it’s beginning and is responsible for taking junior groups, school class teaching, tuition for orchestra members and those that may have moved on to secondary school but continue their interest in music. She is a tireless worker in all areas including management day to day project details from music folders and loading the bus to making sure everyone is well fed before the concert.
Seamus Doyle is principal double bass with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Seamus Doyle grew up in Waterford where he was a member of his school band, the Mount Sion Silver Band. From there he went on to become principal double bass of the National Youth Orchestra, a member of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra before his current position in the RTÉCO.
He has played with many other orchestras including the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. In his orchestral career he has toured Europe and the USA, and has worked with artists including Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Lang Lang, Michel LeGrand and many more. He has played with conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas and Norman Del Mar. He has worked extensively as coach with the Dublin Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. He teaches Double Bass at St. Agnes’, and conducts the School Orchestra.
Nicole Hudson is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she studied violin with the renowned Maeve Broderick. Nicole has worked regularly with RTE Concert Orchestra and has performed frequently on RTE’s Late Late Show. She teaches violin, viola and chamber music, and has been a member of the team at St Agnes’ Music project in Crumlin since it began in 2006. With Eimear O’Grady she is a musical director of the annual St Agnes Summer Strings Camp. She has just initiated the Piano and Keyboard Programme, the newest initiative of St Agnes’ Community Music Centre. When Nicole is not teaching in St Agnes she tours America and Australia with "Celtic Thunder". Nicole also tours throughout Ireland with Tommy Fleming. Nicole has appeared on stage alongside Daniel O’Donnell, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Westlife, Sharon Shannon, The Chieftains, Paddy Casey and The Coronas.
Eimear O' Grady is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting and the Royal Irish Academy of Music B.A. in Performance. A professional cellist from Wicklow, she has recorded and performed with such distinguished Irish acts as U2, Declan O'Rourke and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. She studied conducting with James Cavanagh and Robert Houlihan. Eimear is the conductor of St Agnes’ Parents String Orchestra, principal cello teacher of St Agnes’ School Violin & Orchestra Project and deputy conductor of St Agnes/Scoil Colm Primary School Orchestra.
Eimear travelled to Calcutta, India, September 2012, to work with The Hope Foundation, and developed with her sister, Larissa O' Grady, the Hope Violin Project for street children in Kolkata, India, based on the model in St. Agnes’ Primary School in Crumlin. The Hope Foundation Violin Project has been a roaring success with 43 children receiving weekly lessons at HOPE homes in Kolkata.
In her theatrical life Stage credits include ‘Titus’ (Siren productions), ‘The Stuff of Myth’ (Crazy Dog Audio Theatre) and ‘Alice in Funderland’ (Abbey Theatre). Her TV credits include ‘The Clinic’ (RTE/Parallel), ‘Damage’ (Subotica/RTE). Radio credits include ‘Audio Gothic’ and ‘The Stuff of Myth’, Crazy Dog Audiotheatre/RTE, and ‘London Lancscape’ (RTE).