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Tutor : Hugh Kelly B. Mus., H. Dip. Arts

Director of School, Hugh Kelly is a musician that has worked in Galway city for 25 years in the capacity of teacher, performer and composer. Originally from Cork city he studied music in both the School of Music and later in UCC, graduating in 1985 with a B.Mus followed by subsequent masterclass training in Dublin and internationally.

He holds the Sean O Riada memorial prize in composition and has scored music for television documentaries and commercial albums in genres from classical to traditional and popular. In Galway he has had a close working relationship with Cois Cladaigh who have championed his music on a number of occasions and have given many premiere performances, and have been responsible for one recorded performance of his vocal work. His music has been performed as part of the celebrated festival of 20th century music in Trinity College, the choral seminars in the international choral festival in Cork and in most major venues in Ireland including the NCH.

He founded and led the Oriel String Quartet for over 12 years, during which time he performed for heads of state and many other prominent dignitaries. He has been resident violinist in Ashford Castle and entertained a range of dignitaries during his time there including much of the work under the Irish presidency of the EU. He has been a session musician on over 50 commercial albums in a range of musical styles from Foster and Allen to Pat Boone. He has performed regularly on radio and television and film, including credits on such movies as 'ugly duckling and me'

He was the conductor of the NUIG chamber orchestra for over 10 years, which in that time has given Irish and World premieres of a number of important works by international composers including Dag Wiren, Gunnar de Frumerie and George Mac Kay, as well as a voice to a younger generation of musical talent and future Irish soloists.

He has a H.Dip in arts admin and has used this to work in theatre with groups such as Punchbag. While there he had the additional opportunity to write and perform original scores for a number of productions, some of which were re-worked as separate stand-alone pieces that continue to enjoy performances, such as the 'Franklin Suite'.

As a teacher he has trained many of the city's current generation of young string teachers, and despite having students that have competed successfully at national level he believes that the role of educator requires a broader view of teaching that includes students of all abilities. Over the past decade he has worked and trained with Geza Szilvay, founder of the internationally acclaimed Colourstrings method, as well as Yvonne Frye, Pirkko Simoyoki, Heidi Viksten, Karen MacKenzie, David Vinden and Naheed Cruickshank to develop an understanding of Colourstrings teaching from Kindergarten to Instrumental training. He has completed the full professional training in the system and is currently working towards becoming a teacher trainer in the method at Kindergarten level.

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