Ciara Considine - Musical Director
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 (KCYI). While a pupil at the Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, she was a member of the Kent Youth Choir and toured Brazil and Argentina with the Kent County Youth Orchestra. She was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, touring the US, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. 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 Masters Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance (Piano).
In 2007 Ciara turned to her Irish roots and taught herself the Celtic harp, Celtic lyre, Irish tin-whistle and Irish flute: four months later she recorded her first album of Irish folk ballads in MA studios. This first album was titled O Mo Chroi (meaning 'Of My Heart', from an old Irish saying) and has continued to gain positive reviews and radio play, selling consistently online via all the major distributors. Following this success, she brought talented Celtic musicians on board for her second album Beyond The Waves in 2010 and since then regularly performs, solo, in the 'traditional music sessions' in the West of Ireland.
Ciara began choral conducting in 2009 and is now the Music Director of the East Malling Singers, the Vigo Singers and MYMS Voices; she conducts the new Mumma Mia Kings Hill choir, the Kent County Junior Choir, the Kent Youth Singers and the Kent Music Summer School choirs; she recently formed a new choir in her local area, the Maidstone Voices, and she worked with Gareth Malone on the BBC2 series Sing While You Work - Ciara was the 'behind-the-scenes' choirmaster and conductor of the winning P&O Ferries choir.
For further information, consult Ciara's web site at http://www.ciaraconsidinemusic.com/
Elizabeth Clark - Musical Director to July 2009 and Patron of Vigo Singers
Elizabeth attended the Royal academy of Music for four years where she studied singing with Olive Groves. She has performed as a soloist in many operas, operettas, oratorios and recitals. Elizabeth recently retired from Kent Music School ,after seventeen years, where she taught singing and was vocal coach to the Kent Junior Singers, Junior Choir and Kent Girls Choir. She co-conducted the Junior Singers and, over the past few years, the Kent Girls Choir.
Elizabeth retires from the Vigo Singers having first established the choir in 1995. She is looking forward to spending more time with her three children and grandchildren who live in Cornwall, France and New Zealand.
Elizabeth was Vigo Singers' founder musical director and conducted the choir until July 2009