MEET THE ADJUDICATORS
Deirdre Collins- Piano
Deirdre is a graduate of CIT Cork School of Music with first class honours BMus and MA degrees, specialising in piano accompaniment. She studied under Eleanor Malone and Dr. Gabriela Mayer at CSM and previously with Dr. Bridget Doolan at WIT. She has been awarded three diplomas from Trinity College London, including an LTCL in piano performance. She also holds a degree in Applied Maths & Statistics from University College Cork. A native of Waterford city, she has been living and working in Cork since 2001 where she enjoys a busy teaching and accompanying career in CSM as well as freelance work as a repetiteur, musical director and concert/theatre producer.
Deirdre’s work as an accompanist and repetiteur has seen her work with a wide range of instrumentalists, vocalists and choirs. She has given numerous solo recitals in Waterford and Cork, and has also performed solo repertoire on the Weill Hall stage at Carnegie Hall, New York.
She has produced three series of opera concert performances at Cork Opera House. She works regularly as a musical director in the field of musical theatre, and is also chairperson of Cork Operatic Society.
Future performance engagements include a recital with vocalists Roisín Dempsey and Bridget Knowles for Waterford Music Club on March 28th.
Peter Stobart- Vocal and Choral
Peter Stobart has been the Director of Music of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork since October 2015.
Originating from Yorkshire, Peter spent eight years forging his musical career in London. He studied choral conducting for two years at the Royal Academy of Music with Patrick Russill and Paul Brough. He was the winner of the Alan Kirby prize for choir training 2007/8 and the Thomas Armstrong Prize for Choral Conducting 2008/9 and took part in masterclasses with David Hill, James O’Donnell, Jeremy Summerly and the BBC Singers.
Peter began his career working with children as the organ scholar of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. After graduating from Durham University, he sang as a Lay Clerk in Peterborough Cathedral choir and he conducted the Peterborough Children’s Choir. Whilst he lived in London he was the Head of Co-Curricular Music at St Dunstan’s College, Catford for six years, teaching music and running much of the choral and instrumental tuition and ensembles.
In 2014 Peter became the Artistic Director for the Voices of Hangzhou Youth Choir based in a large city near Shanghai. He ran a summer school there during July and August 2014 for fifty children aged 8 to 16 and performed on Chinese National Day. He ran a similar course in August 2015, and the concert was broadcast on Chinese National Television as part of the 70th Anniversary celebrations for the end of World War II.
Since moving to Cork, he has made the Cathedral Choristers his priority and he regularly visits schools across the Diocese, promoting singing and music more generally. The Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross has formally recognised this strategy and from September 2017 it became the Diocesan Church Music Scheme.
The Cathedral Choir appeared on RTÉ Television in October 2017, broadcasting a one hour service including a Bach Cantata, for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This year they have also produced a CD of Christmas Carols, with €6000 of the profits helping the Cork Simon homelessness charity. They will be touring to Wales after Easter 2018.
Clíona Warren- Woodwind and Brass
Clíona Warren started her bassoon studies at Rathfarnham Concert Band and later at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In 1998 she graduated from the BMus Performance Degree at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. She graduated with a 1st for performance and was awarded the Michael McNamara gold medal for the highest result in her year. She was then awarded a scholarship to study on the Masters Degree Programme at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she graduated from in 2000. During her time in Scotland she was a founder member of the Gliondar ensemble; a woodwind quintet who were the 1st Scottish based group to win the Tunnell Trust prize for over 10 years. She toured extensively with them during this time. Clíona has performed in Ireland, Scotland, England and Canada with many orchestras and chamber groups. She is a regular performer with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, Ulster Orchestra, Irish National Opera and Wexford Festival Opera. She has a keen interest in chamber music and enjoys playing in ensembles both in Ireland and Scotland. She is also a graduate from UCD with a Higher Diploma in Education and enjoys working with young people and furthering their interest in all genres of music. In addition to her performing experience she teaches piano and bassoon and has taught on the undergraduate course at NUI Maynooth University. She has tutored with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and adjudicated at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama
Mary Bollard- Strings
Mary Bollard studied violin with John Vallery at Cork School of Music, holds an honours BMus from University College Cork and honours Masters Degree in Classical String Performance from University of Limerick. She has given many solo and chamber ensemble recitals in Ireland and the UK, has led both Cork Youth Orchestra and Cork Symphony Orchestra, has played and toured with national youth orchestras and played with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Mary taught violin and viola full time and coached young string orchestras while with Berkshire Young Musicians Trust, while coordinating a team of string teachers. In 2001 she returned to Cork to teach violin in Cork School of Music, and trained in the Suzuki Teaching Method. Mary has played for the late Emanuel Hurwitz CBE, Professor Mariana Sirbu, Professor Bruno Giurrano, and performed with members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra in collaborative projects at U.L.