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Wednesday 26th July         Students from the Royal Irish Academy of Music

St. Iberius Church at 1.05 pm

Lorna Breen, soprano  Shane Kenrick, clarinet 

Eimear McCarthy Luddy, mezzo-soprano   Robert McAllister, bass

 Lorna Breen

Handel: Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo

Mozart: Ach ich fühls from Die Zauberflöte

Vaughan Williams: Silent Noon

Hageman: Do not go my love

Robert McAllister, bass

Bizet: Quand la flamme de l’ amour

Vaughan Williams: The Vagabond

Fauré: Lydia

Debussy: Beau soir

Shane Kenrick

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in Eb Major


Eimear McCarthy Luddy, mezzo-soprano

Schubert: Nacht und Träume

Hughes: O men from the fields

Copland: Heart We Will Forget Him

Mozart: Parto, parto ma tu ben mio (from La Clemenza di Tito)

Montsalvatge: Canto Negro


Lorna, Eimear and Robert

Mozart: Soave sia il vento (Trio from Cosi fan Tutte)



Lorna Breen is a 24 year old Soprano from Co. Wicklow. In 2015, she graduated with a first class honours degree in Music Performance from the RIAM studying with Mary Brennan. She then began her first year of the Masters in Music Performance course at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Veronica Dunne and Dearbhla Collins. While studying she performed in a number of RIAM productions including the Magic Flute, the Cunning Little Vixen, Jephte and Ormindo.

Most recently, Lorna performed in London as part of the ‘Conservatoires Ireland Showcase’ presented by Irish Heritage. She also performed in ‘The Very Best Young Irish Performers’ concert presented by The National Opera House in association with Conservatories Ireland in March 2016. She has also been the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, Missa Solemnis in C major, and Missa Solemnis in C minor with Dún Laoghaire Choral Society and the Fishamble Sinfonia.

In May 2017, Lorna won the Navan Young Opera Voice Competition and Bursary. Lorna is a multiple prize winner in the Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil including the German Government, Plunket Greene, Percy Whitehead & Thomas Moore Cups (2017), Margaret Burke-Sheridan and Nancy Calthorpe Cups (2016) and the Vincent O’Brien Memorial Cup (2015). In June 2016, Lorna was awarded the prestigious Leo Gibney Chamber Music Award by the RIAM along with her group members Miriam Kaczor (flute) and Seamus Wylie (clarinet). Lorna and Miriam have just completed the Apprentice Ensemble Programme as part of the Galway Music Residency and received chamber coaching from the RTÉ Con Tempo Quartet. She has participated in Masterclasses with Ann Murray, Patricia Bardon, Iain Burnside, Alison Browner and Finghin Collins. Upcoming events include a performance in the Feis Ceoil Young Platform Series in September.


Having studied Business and Law at University College Dublin for 4 years, Robert McAllister, bass decided to pursue his operatic dream as a student of Dr Veronica Dunne and répétiteurs Alison Young and Dearbhla Collins at The Royal Irish Academy of Music. Since commencing his studies at RIAM, he has performed the roles of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Bottom in Purcell’s Fairy Queen. He is a multiple prize winner in the ESB Feis Ceoil and this year won the Dramatic cup, Tony Quigley bursary and the Young cup. He has also won the Irené Sandford bursary at the Academy. This year, Robert travelled to Paris and New York to perform in a concert series entitled Writer’s choice. In the autumn he will return to Paris to perform in the Centre Culturel Irlandais. In addition to his solo work, Robert is also a chorister and a member of The Lassus scholars under the direction of Dr Ite O’Donovan. In September 2017, he will sing the Bass solo in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Liszt’s Coronation mass in the National Concert Hall with Our Lady’s Choral Society and the RTE Concert Orchestra. In October, he will perform the role of The High King of Tír na nÓg in an Opera Theatre Company production of Robert O’Dwyer’s Eithne in The National Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra.  In February, he will travel to Halle in Germany to perform the bass solo in Handel’s Messiah in the Händel-Halle. He also plays the traditional Irish fiddle and was a member of a Grúpa Ceoil for over 10 years.

Eimear McCarthy Luddy is a Dublin born mezzo-soprano currently studying her Masters in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the tutelage of Owen Gilhooly. She was awarded a distinction in her Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance (RIAM), in addition to a Diploma in Community and Group Music Teaching (RIAM) and a Bachelor of Music majoring in vocal performance (University of Birmingham). In 2016 she was awarded second prize in the Irene Sandford Award for Singers at the RIAM, as well as the Canon McLoughlin Cup and the W.P. Gilbert Cup at Sligo Feis Ceoil. She was also awarded a place in the Young Musicians Programme at the Clandeboye Festival with Camerata Ireland.

Her operatic roles include Mrs. Beane in Siobhán Cleary’s Vampirella, Mistress of the Novices in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Il Destino in Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, and Grasshopper/Hen in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. She has also engaged in regular solo and chamber recitals during her term as Resident Artist with the Vivre Musicale chamber collective, in addition to a performance in Dublin Castle with the RIAM Chamber Orchestra to celebrate the Dublin City of Literature Festival. She performed as a chorus member with the RTÉ Concert Chorus (Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana, and ‘A Tribute to James Horner’) and Lyric Opera (Tosca, ‘The Genius of Mozart’). She has also taken part in Masterclasses with Roy Laughlin, Ann Murray, Iain Burnside and Alison Browner at the RIAM.

Shane Kenrick is a Dublin based clarinettist who on completion of an Architectural Technology degree went on to study music where he completed the BMus programme in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with Dr Paul Roe. He began playing the clarinet at the age of eight with the Knocklyon School of Music where he now teaches clarinet and saxophone.  Shane has performed with a number of different ensembles, such as the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra (2013 and 2015) under the baton of Jan Cober which brought him to Luxembourg and Holland for concerts, including collaboration with the Simon Bolivar Symphonic Wind Orchestra as part of the World Music Contest. Other ensembles he has performed with include the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, DIT Symphony Orchestra, Esker Festival Orchestra, Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, DIT Wind Ensemble, Fishamble Sinfonia, Hibernian Orchestra and Co-Orch.

Shane has also performed in several masterclasses with clarinettists such as Michael Collins, Tim Lines, Christian Stene, Edgar Heßke and Sarah Watts.

In 2015 Music Network, the Arts Council and The department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht awarded Shane funding as part of their Music Capital Scheme to purchase a new A clarinet.

Dearbhla Collins, pianist, was born in Dublin and completed piano studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, continuing private studies with Boris Pertushansky in Bologna. She is one of Ireland’s finest and most versatile musicians. In addition to her accomplished career as a soloist, the prize- winning pianist is a regular chamber music partner to internationally renowned singers and Ireland’s leading artists and performs regularly with her pianist brother, Finghin Collins, in concerts for piano duo.

Ms Collins is an acclaimed vocal coach for art song and opera at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and performs in Ireland, the USA, China, Germany, Tunisia, France and Great Britain. She has appeared in the Wigmore Hall, London and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and given Master Classes in France, Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan, China. She is recognized as a superb interpreter in accompanying German Lieder, contemporary vocal repertoire and international theatre music.

Currently, she is Artistic Administrator of the prestigious triennial Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Dublin and a Patron of the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition. Ms Collins was artistic director of the Dublin Hugo Wolf Festival and opera consultant for the performances of the ‘Irish Ring’ at the Royal Dublin Society. She has been a member of the Board of the National Concert Hall, Dublin and served two terms as a Director of Culture Ireland, the national agency for promoting Irish arts abroad.

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