About Us

Everyone should have the right to listen to, learn about and love music. This simple belief is the driving force behind everything that Galway Music Residency (GMR) aims to achieve. It exists to serve the people of Galway city and county, providing opportunities for all to experience music in new and unexpected ways, to learn from inspiring musicians and spark joy in their lives.

OUR STORY
In 2002, a group of people dedicated to creating listening opportunities in their community had an ambitious idea – to bring an internationally renowned classical music ensemble to Galway to enrich the lives of its citizens. With support from local institutions, the organisation Galway Music Residency was born (originally named Galway Ensemble in Residence).

CONTEMPO QUARTET

Following a competitive international audition process, the ConTempo Quartet was chosen as GMR’s Ensemble in Residence. This young and vibrant quartet, comprised of two married couples, had formed in Bucharest Romania, and already had an impressive career of performances, recordings and awards under its belt. The ensemble had, as well as its unparalleled musical talent, a spark that made the selection panel believe they would bring something truly special to the people of Galway. Ever since ConTempo Quartet took up their residency in 2003, this has remained true, and the quartet is committed to continuing its residency for as long as it can make a positive impact on its adopted community.

Meet our Ensemble in Residence - The Galway ConTempo Quartet »

GIVING THE GIFT OF MUSIC
This unique long-term residency has allowed GMR to develop long-lasting relationships with individuals, communities, artists and organisations, creating meaningful connections throughout Galway. Over the past 16 years, GMR has developed a remarkable and ever-evolving suite of education and performance programmes to serve diverse audiences and under-served communities in Galway, presenting some of the best music ever composed in new and unexpected ways.

At the core of our work has been the goal of breaking down the barrier that traditionally separates the audience, the general public, from classical music and musicians. We present music in interactive ways, in unexpected venues, giving people of all walks of life meaningful experiences of music and encouraging the next generation of music lovers.

We hope you enjoy our year of music…

Our Board of Directors

KEITH WARNOCK

CHAIR, Committees: Development/Strategy, Finance

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KEITH WARNOCK

Keith Warnock is a law graduate of Trinity College Dublin. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1971 and worked in England and the United States of America. After studying for a post-graduate degree at the University of Manchester, he returned to Ireland in 1977 as a lecturer in accounting at University College Galway, a role he filled until 2006. During that period he was President of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (1983-85), Dean of the Faculty of Commerce (1986-1990), Chairman of the Western Society of Chartered Accountants, and Editor of the Irish Accounting Review (1994-2006). He was appointed Vice-President for Physical Resources at National University of Ireland, Galway in July 2006, and became Vice-President for Capital Projects in 2009, a role which he held on a part-time basis from 2011 to 2014; during his period as Vice-President he served as a member of the Council of the Galway Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of the Galway City Development Board; he remained as an advisor on capital projects at the University until his full retirement in 2018.

PETER ALLEN

SECRETARY, Committees: HR

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PETER ALLEN

Peter Allen is a Solicitor who runs his own law practice in Galway City. He attended Secondary School at Castleknock College in Dublin and after qualifying worked in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford for a short time, before returning to Galway in 1980. His involvement with GMR is based on a liking for classical music together with the fact that GMR, through the Quartet, provide musical education which helps to nurture local talent, giving them access to top class guidance. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Connacht Tribune Limited, Western Community Broadcasting Limited (Galway Bay FM) and Kylemore Abbey and Gardens Limited, which is involved in the running of the Kylemore Abbey Estate in Connemara, Co. Galway. He is the Chairman of the Galway Race Committee and the Chairman of the Irish Horseracing Regulation Board, which is based in The Curragh, Co. Kildare and is the organisation responsible for the Integrity and Regulation of Irish Horseracing. He is married with two boys, and has been actively involved in many clubs in Galway over the years. He now enjoys watching Rugby and playing Golf, along with his interest in horseracing.

SALLY COYLE

Committees: Artistic

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SALLY COYLE

Sally Coyle has been a member of many artistic Boards locally in Galway and nationally. She was the first Chair of the Galway Arts Group, which had responsibility for running the Galway Arts Festival, Film Fleadh, Cúirt and other arts events in the City and for which she secured its first independent premises in Nun’s Island. She later joined the Board of Music for Galway, serving as Chair for 7 years. Upon retiring, she was invited to join the Board of Opera Theatre Company, serving two terms and later joined the Board of the Galway Arts Centre. She has been a member of the Board of Galway Music Residency since 2003.

MICHAEL CUDDY

Committees: Development/Strategy, Finance

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MICHAEL CUDDY

Michael Cuddy is a former Professor of Economics (Emeritus) at National University of Ireland, Galway. He holds a B.Agr. Sc and M.Agr. Sc (Economics) from University College Dublin and a PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University. He is the founder and Director of GDSI, an international economics consulting company with its headquarters in Galway. He was a lecturer in Economics at NUI, Galway for 15 years, Head of Department for 25 years and Dean of the Commerce Faculty for three years. He has over 100 published works. Michael established a rural development research centre, CEDRES and a marine social and economic research centre, SEMRU at NUI Galway and he has undertaken research for numerous national and international agencies, including Irish government departments, the EC and the UN. He has carried out research and consultancy work in Ireland, UK, US, Europe, Russia, Republics of the former Soviet Union, China, the ASEAN countries and North Korea. Michael is a long-time Board member of Galway Music Residency and served as Chairman from 2016 to 2019.

JANE O’LEARY

Committees: HR and Artistic

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JANE O’LEARY

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Jane O'Leary has been resident in Ireland since 1972. A member of Aosdána, she is a graduate of Vassar College and holds a PhD in music composition from Princeton University. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree by the National University of Ireland in 2007. Her music has featured at the ISCM World Music Days on several occasions and has been performed at numerous international festivals. As founder, artistic director and pianist of Concorde contemporary music ensemble, Jane O'Leary has promoted contemporary music worldwide for over 40 years. She has served as a member of the Arts Council and Udarás na hOllscoile Gaillimh, and also as a Director of the National Concert Hall. Jane is a former Chair of The Contemporary Music Centre and Music for Galway. Jane says: “The residency of professional musicians in Galway has transformed our community, and it is exciting to be part of the team that manages the constantly evolving and expanding programme of events.”

SARA STEWART

Committees: HR

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SARA STEWART

Sara is a BA Honours Graduate in Italian and Philosophy and also holds an Honours Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Business Studies from NUI Galway. Upon graduating she worked in a number of marketing roles primarily within the Tourism Sector. Sara studied and played music when younger. She has been working as a Property Manager in James Stewart Ltd for the past thirteen years and is a Director of Stewart Developments Ltd.

PATRICK LONERGAN

Committees: HR

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PATRICK LONERGAN

Patrick Lonergan is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway where he also lead the introduction of a new BA in Music, which launched in September 2018. He has published extensively on Irish theatre and performance, and recent books include Theatre and Social Media, The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh, and Irish Theatre and Drama Since 1950.

MARIE KERRIGAN

Committees: Artistic

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MARIE KERRIGAN

Marie Kerrigan is a native Galwegian. She began her musical journey as a traditional musician. She has been involved in All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil, playing accordion, with many accolades to show for it! Marie also became an accomplished piano player. This road eventually took her to St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, where she received a B.Mus. She also has a H.Dip in Education, and a Teaching Diploma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Marie has been involved in performing choral works and also teaches choir. She is passionate about music in all its different genres, in its capacity to transform, inspire and evoke emotion. She has devoted her work life to teaching music in Dominican College, Taylors Hill, where the emphasis is on nurturing a love of music, the positive values of music and achieving high academic standards. To this end she has been Musical Director of over 30 school musicals. Marie also worked as Musical Director with Backstage Theatre Company. Marie enjoys the challenge that being on the GMR Board provides and would like to be involved in providing as many opportunities as possible for young people to engage, interact with and experience music here in Galway.

Linda O'Shea Farren

Committees: Development/Strategy

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Linda O'Shea Farren

Linda graduated in law from University College Cork, and is qualified to practice as a Solicitor both in Ireland and England & Wales, and as an Attorney-at-Law in New York. She is also a CEDR-accredited Mediator. Linda practised as a corporate lawyer with Debevoise & Plimpton in New York and London. Since returning to Ireland, she has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors across a broad spectrum of law, banking, politics, education, health, disability and the arts. In 2000, Linda set up her own solicitor’s practice specialising in the areas of corporate law, litigation, entertainment law and pro bono representation of people with disabilities. Linda holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy (MEconSc), the thesis for which examined the living and working conditions of composers in Ireland. She founded the Music Education Action Group to promote peripatetic instrumental music education in primary schools, and was an early instigator of the BA in Composition degree at RIAM. Linda has extensive board and corporate governance experience, including Chairperson of Great Music in Irish Houses along with acting as a Board Member of the Galway Music Residency. Linda is the Communications & Projects Manager of the Contemporary Music Centre which supports composers and performers of contemporary music in Ireland to develop an increased profile for their work and to reach audiences regionally, nationally and internationally, through promotion, creative projects and partnerships. This role also includes maintaining established promotional partnerships and developing new partnerships for the development and promotion of contemporary music from Ireland.

Our Team

MAEVE BRYAN

General Manager

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MAEVE BRYAN

Maeve, a Galway native, graduated from NUI Galway with a Degree in English and Philosophy (Double First Class Honours) and a Masters in Ethics, Culture and Global Change (First Class Honours). Following time in the publishing and language industries, she is now a dedicated Arts Professional. Maeve originally joined the GMR team as Communications and Administrations Assistant in April 2016. In 2017 she became Operations Manager, and in 2018 took on the role of General Manager. Being a keen classical musician and having directly experienced the benefit of ConTempo Quartet's teaching and mentoring as a young musician, Maeve is passionate about the work that GMR is doing in Galway City and County and is delighted to be at the helm in this exciting time for Galway. Passionate about music education, outside her role at the Galway Music Residency, Maeve teaches Colourstrings Kindergarden, a Kodaly-based music literacy programme and the follow on instrumental programme for piano.

JULIE SEAGRAVE

Administration Assistant

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JULIE SEAGRAVE

Dublin native Julie Seagrave has been actively engaged in musical life from an early age, from playing piano and guitar through her formative years and subsequently studying music in university. She graduated from UCD in 2012 and 2014 with a BA and BMus respectively, before continuing her academic career with an MA in Music and Cultural History from UCC. Having moved to Galway in 2015, she has been involved in many arts organisations in the city, most notably with the Galway Community Circus, where she was Office and Finance Manager in 2017. Julie was a participant in the Journal of Music’s Galway City Music Writer Mentoring Scheme and has given papers at The Society For Musicology in Ireland Postgraduate Conference and at the inaugural Arts in Education conference. Julie joined the Galway Music Residency team in 2018 and is delighted to play an important role in the day-to-day running of the organisation. She also provides administrative support to music school Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe.

Our Volunteers

CINDY HILL

CARLA KILMARTIN

MÍOBHA MCGINTY

MICHAEL LANE

FINTAN SWEENEY

SOMTO OGUEJOIFOR

We are so grateful to our volunteers who make our work possible. If you would like to know more about our volunteering programme, please visit our Support page here.

Governance

The Galway Music Residency is the registered trading name of The Galway Music Residency Limited. The Galway Music Residency Limited is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. The organisation complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its governing document.

The Board of the Galway Music Residency has embarked on the journey towards adopting the Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.

The organisation keeps detailed financial records and maintains strict financial controls. Galway Music Residency Financial Statements (31st December 2018) are available publicly. The Galway Music Residency is committed to comply with the recommended guidelines for financial reporting.

The Galway Music Residency is a registered charity (CHY15240).

The Galway Music Residency is committed to protecting the privacy of its users and has a Data Protection Policy in place. You can access it here for further information.

Contact

Galway Music Residency
NUI Galway
Riverside Terrapin
Distillery Road
Lower Newcastle
Galway

Telephone: +353 91 586706

Email: info@thegalwaymusicresidency.ie