We are proud to say that a great number of St Angela’s students have continued music after they have left our school. So many have kept their music on as a hobby while others have chosen to study it at third level and gone further to make music their career. Our past pupils have studied music at UCC, CIT, NUI Maynooth, Trinity, UCD and Griffith College. Some have even returned afterwards to teach music at St Angela’s!
Roisin Heenan, Class of 2015
Roisin had an extremely successful musical career in school and won several awards during her time here, including four High Achievers with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Hyland Perpetual Cup in 2015. Though she went on to study Business and Law in UCD, music still plays a large role in her life. She is a UCD music scholar, plays violin and viola in the UCD orchestra and performs with the UCD musical society. She was musical director for the society’s November 2016 production of Parade which was nominated for Best Overall Show at the 2016/17 AIMS Awards.
Roisin continues to compete in music competitions since leaving school. In March 2017, she took part in Féile Luimní and came away from the festival with wins in three vocal competitions: classical, musical theatre and oratorio. She was awarded the Bursary for Voice of the Féile as well, a prestigious accolade. In the same month, she also won the Bradbury Cup at Feis Ceoil for singing while playing her own piano accompaniment.
Eimear Kinsella, Class of 2014
During her time at St Angela’s, Eimear completed Grade 8 in piano with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and also Grade 8 in violin with the Associated Board. When she went to university in 2014, she was awarded a scholarship from UCD with the UCD Symphony Orchestra. During her three years at UCD, she performed with the orchestra on numerous occasions and even travelled to Sweden with the orchestra. She is currently preparing for a Diploma in Music Performance with the Associated Board.
Orla Maher, Class of 2014
Orla studied five musical instruments at St Angela’s (piano, flute, saxophone, harp and voice) and excelled by achieving the highest mark in Ireland in the Leaving Cert musicianship exam in 2014. She went on to study music at CIT and play flute with the Cork Symphony Orchestra.
Jessie Buckley, Class of 2007
Jessie has enjoyed phenomenal success as a singer and actress since leaving school. While at St Angela’s, she studied piano, voice and clarinet and secured prominent roles in the Ursuline’s annual school musicals. At the age of 17, she competed in the BBC series I’d Do Anything (spring 2008), which was a talent search for the character of Nancy in a new production of Oliver! on the West End. Jessie did tremendously well, coming second.
Jessie graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in January 2013 and has been gaining roles in stage and TV ever since. Her theatre credits include Miranda in The Tempest opposite Roger Allam (summer 2013), Princess Katherine in Henry V opposite Jude Law (winter 2013-2014), and Perdita in The Winter’s Tale opposite Judi Dench (winter 2015). Her television credits include Princess Marya in a BBC production of War and Peace (2016) and Lorna Bow in the BBC series Taboo (2017).
Máiréad’s musical career is characterised by the fact that she embraces both traditional and classical styles of music in her playing. She has been a fiddle player since the age of six and is a former All-Ireland fiddle champion, while she also studied violin at St Angela’s and was leader of the Ursuline Secondary School’s Senior Orchestra. After leaving school, she continued her musical training at Waterford Institute of Technology, the Cork School of Music, the London Royal Academy and London Trinity College.
Máiréad began her professional career as a violinist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Since then, she has worked with a variety of acts including Nigel Kennedy, Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, Clannad, Aslan, Chris De Burgh, Sharon Shannon, Paul Brady, Frances Black and many more. She was the original Celtic Violinist with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames, which did three world tours, and she is now the solo Celtic Violinist with the show Celtic Woman.