Music Generation is delighted to announce the appointment of Co-ordinators for Music Generation Cork City, Laois and Wicklow: Margaret O’Sullivan (Cork City), Rosa Flannery (Laois) and Redmond O’Toole (Wicklow). All three Co-ordinators have now taken up their positions.
Margaret O’Sullivan joins Music Generation Cork City after six year as an independent arts consultant, during which time she developed a successful consultancy practice providing creative and project management services for some of the leading cultural organisations in Ireland. Major clients include the Arts Councils of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Culture Ireland, Local Authorities, and other key music and performing arts organisations.
Prior to running her own business, Margaret held senior roles in music and arts organisations including Cork 2005, where she delivered the music programme for Cork’s year as European Capital of Culture, as CEO of the Association of Irish Choirs and in the development of the performing arts programme of the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at the University of Limerick.
Donegal native Rosa Flannery joins Music Generation Laois from Donegal Music Education Partnership where she worked as a project Co-ordinator and Music Administrator. She holds a BA and MA in English Literature from Queen’s University Belfast and an MA in Arts Policy and Practice from NUI Galway. Previous roles include working with Galway Arts Festival, Droichead Arts Centre, Tulca Festival of Visual Arts and Nomad Theatre Network, as an Administrator, PR specialist and Tour Manager. Rosa has a wealth of teaching experience, having worked with children and young people for a number of years. She played cello for many years with the County Donegal Youth Orchestra, and also plays traditional fiddle. Her NUI Galway MA thesis focused on the development of the Donegal Fiddle Tradition, past and present. Recent music education programmes Rosa has been involved with include North Wind Blows - a large scale cross-border intergenerational project managed by Donegal Music Education Partnership, the Errigal Groove Orchestra and County Donegal Youth Orchestra.
Music Generation Wicklow welcomes its fellow native and virtuoso guitarist, Redmond O’Toole, a graduate of DIT Conservatory of Music and holds undergraduate and Master degrees in music. After his studies in Dublin he received a scholarship to attend the Academia Chigiana in Italy. During his student years he won an unprecedented number of awards for classical guitar, most notably the inaugural RDS music bursary, Ireland's largest music prize. Recognised as one of the most innovative and exciting young guitarists in Europe, Redmond’s performing career has enabled him to tour extensively collaborating with esteemed musicians including The Chieftains, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the Crash Ensemble, Elizabeth Cooney, the Callino Quartet, Cora Venus Lunny, the Dublin Guitar Quartet and many others. He began his performing career in a very different musical genre: playing electric guitar in punk and heavy metal bands. He subsequently studied at Bray Music Centre, Walton’s New School of Music before finally entering the degree programme at the DIT.