Ciara Considine - Musical Director
A former pupil of Maidstone Girls' Grammar School, Ciara grew up in Kent and gained a County Scholarship with the Kent Music School to study the flute and piano. She toured Brazil and Argentina with the Kent Youth Orchestra and was a member of the Kent Youth Choir. She was selected to join the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, touring the US, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.
She then went to Manchester to train as a classical 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 Performance. Performing solo recitals and chamber music around the North West UK, she also taught the piano, flute and singing in Manchester.
She took a break from teaching to be the solo artist of a CD of Irish folk songs, exploring her Irish heritage. She taught herself the celtic harp, celtic lyre, Irish tin-whistle and Irish flute in January 2007; four months later, she was ready to go into the studio to record Ó Mo Chroí (meaning Of My Heart, from an old Irish saying). Steeped in history, these songs emerge from the wealth and beauty of Irish folk culture. Receiving good reviews and radio-play, she released her 2nd album in 2010, titled 'Beyond The Waves'. Alongside Irish and Celtic ballads and jigs, this album brings to life some of Ireland's literary wealth, with poems by Kavanagh and Wilde, in song. Both albums sell well on all the major online distributors such as iTunes.
As a choral conductor, Ciara conducts the Vigo Singers, the East Malling Singers, the Kent County Junior Choir, the Kent Youth Singers and MYMS Voices. She teaches singing at Benenden School and recorded Irish flute with "1916" in the Abbey Road Studios. She has most recently worked with Gareth Malone on BBC2's "Sing While You Work" Series 2, as Ciara was the conductor/choirmaster for 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