Ciara Considine - Musical Director, Autumn 2009 to Summer 2023
Ciara grew up in Maidstone within a musical family and gained a prestigious County Scholarship to study the flute and piano at the Kent Music Academy (formerly KCYI). While a pupil at the Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, she won her places in the Kent Youth Choir, the Kent County Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. She then went to Manchester in 1993 to train as a concert-pianist at the Royal Northern College of Music. After getting her Bachelors’ Degree in Music, she went on to gain both a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters' Degree in Music Performance (Piano) at the RNCM.
In 2007 Ciara turned to her Irish roots and made her albums of Irish folk music, O Mo Chroi and Beyond The Waves. Both albums continue to have radio-play and sell online via all the major distributors, whilst she regularly performs solos in the 'traditional music sessions' in the West of Ireland.
Ciara began conducting in 2009 and now conducts around 450 people in choirs catering for ages 6 to 90. She recently formed the Maidstone Voices choir and is the Music Director of the East Malling Singers and formerly the Vigo Singers. She formed the large youth choir 'MYMS Voices' and conducts the Kent County Junior Choir and the Kent Youth Choir. She worked with the Maidstone Jammers, the choir of inmates in HMP Maidstone, run by the trailblazing charity 'Beating Time' and she also worked with Gareth Malone on the 2014 BBC2 series, Sing While You Work; Ciara was the 'behind-the-scenes' conductor of the P&O Ferries choir, who won the series competition.
For further information, consult Ciara's web site at http://www.ciaraconsidinemusic.com/