Fiona Sweeney – Ballyroan, Tallaght, Sandymount & Greystones Classes
Fiona loves to get people singing, especially as part of a group singing in beautiful harmony. She believes singing is for everyone of all ages and musical abilities; it’s a fun and uplifting experience, and it is also good for you, mentally and physically!
Fiona has been involved in choirs from childhood, as a singer, and more recently as a conductor. Fiona has been leading CÓRus classes since 2011. She has successfully led our Lucan, Tallaght and Ballyroan CÓRus classes since their foundation and is looking forward to bringing her musical experience to the Sandymount and Monkstown CÓRus classes. As well as teaching CÓRus classes she leads quartets, small singing groups and ‘Come & Sing’ events and teaches singing in a primary school. She has studied piano, singing and music theory and has just been awarded a Professional Diploma in Education (specialising in Choral Conducting) from St. Patrick’s DCU.
Bryan Mullen – Clontarf & Cabinteely Classes
Bryan Mullen is an Irish born Musical Director with experience directing musical theatre productions, choirs, and bands. He has performed in many notable venues both at home and abroad including the National Concert Hall, Olympia Theatre, and the European Parliament.
Bryan regularly works on shows and in the last year has acted as Musical Director for Film Fatale Events(RDS & RHK) and The Promise Musical Drama (Final County Council); as Assistant Musical Director for the Olympia Pantomime (Spotlight, Pat Egan Management & Pink Tie Productions), Spring Awakening (Delaney Musical and Dramatic Society), and as pianist on Legally Blonde: The Musical(Oyster Lane Musical Society & Leixlip Musical Society).
He also has experience working with choirs including The High Hopes Choir, Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, An Cor Choir, Curtlestown Parish Choir, NTMA Choir, and Corus.
Bryan has performed on RTE with artists such as Tony Christie, Mary Byrne and Al Porter. He also works regularly as a ballet accompanist for Nadia Quick Ballet School and Royal Academy of Dance, Ireland.
Margaret Hayes Mahon – Castleknock & Lucan Classes
Margaret’s innate passion for choral singing and conducting have brought her to work with CÓRus. Her great love of Musical Theatre has meant lengthy and varied involvement with musical life in the Naas area. She is a past rehearsal pianist, chorus mistress and award winning Musical Director of local Musical Societies. She has studied Choral Conducting with Dr.Geoffrey Spratt (Director, CIT Cork School of Music) and Dr.David Brophy (RTE Concert Orchestra). She has been awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Choral Conducting from St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (DCU), having studied with Dr. Marion Doherty-Hayden and Kevin O’Carroll.
Margaret also has vast experience working with church choirs and was the Conductor and Musical Director of Baldonnel Singers. She led them to success in choral competition and in many public performances and concerts.
Margaret looks forward to meeting people of all ages and musical abilities in the Lucan area, for an enjoyable enriching singing class.
Ciarán Kelly – Monkstown, Malahide & Swords Classes
Ciarán began singing aged five in his native Derry and hasn’t stopped since! Since graduating from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2010 Ciarán has specialised in choral and ensemble singing, working with nationally and internationally renowned vocal groups such as Anúna, Celtic Woman, Voices of Ireland and UK based professional a cappella quintet Apollo5. Having spent two years in the UK and follows that up with a sold out tour of America with The Five Irish Tenors, Ciarán has returned to Ireland, where he directs Ardú Vocal Ensemble. Ciarán is also Artistic Director of the Irish A Cappella Festival, which launched in the summer of 2017, sings regularly at St Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedral, and works with school choirs such as St Kevin’s College, Crumlin and Rathdown Girls School. Ciarán is also in demand as a freelance instrumental teacher and accompanist. Ciaran is looking forward to bring some of his fabulous musical knowledge and experience to the Swords and Malahide Corus classes.
Louise Foxe – Glasnevin Class
Louise loves bringing the joy of music to people – especially people who never thought they could sing! She began her career as musical director of the D.C.U. Folk Group during her second year there in 1999 – during which they won their first award – and hasn’t stopped since! While gaining a Diploma (piano performance) and a Masters (Community Music) Louise acted as musical director for many musicals and gospel choirs. She was the founding director of Sandymount Gospel Choir, which is still going strong. She has taught and played piano for twenty years and has founded several singing groups “as Gaeilge” in Dingle (which even catered for people with not a word of Irish!)
Louise has also taught music on a voluntary basis in places as far afield as Rwanda and Tanzania – and Dublin! – and is much in demand as an accompanist with the Portmarnock Singers and the Forget-Me-Nots (a choir catering especially, but not exclusively, for people affected by dementia) in Baldoyle. After a hiatus, Louise has returned to two roles in Dublin that she relishes – singing class leader with the hugely successful “Córus” and musical director of the award-winning Gardiner Street Gospel Choir. She is looking forward to both and is delighted that people of all voices, backgrounds and abilities are given the opportunity to sing and enjoy themselves.
Ben Barnes graduated from Trinity with a BA in music and is now a full time musician, based in St Patrick’s Cathedral where he has sung for 25 years. He has sung countertenor solos all over Europe and America, and has sung with most choirs in Dublin, and many others. He directs the chamber choir Cantoirí, accompanies on a free-lance basis and teaches several instruments. He was raised in Ranelagh/Rathmines.