Name: Chris Larkin

Year finished school: 1999

Instruments studied: Cello & Piano

Tell us about your time at St Angela’s: I studied piano and cello at the Ursuline from the ages of 8 to 18 and music turned out to be one of the most important parts of my education. While I was pretty useless on a hockey field, playing music opened up opportunities to be a part of another kind of team, playing in the school orchestra and musicals, and performing at the National Concert Hall as part of the Kildare Symphony Orchestra. Years later in London I played again with a local London orchestra as well as in friends’ bands, bringing the cello tone to their guitars. Beyond the enjoyment of music though, one of the things I credit to learning is building confidence to present and perform. I didn’t like those exams at the time but they taught me how to deal with nerves and get out there!


Name: Mary Stakelum

Year finished school: 1978

Instruments studied: Piano & Violin

Tell us about your time at St Angela’s: I have very fond memories of the time I spent learning music at school. I can still remember the sense of delight my weekly violin and piano lessons brought me, the endless patience and encouragement of my teachers, the enthusiasm they showed when introducing me to a wide range of musical repertoire and the enjoyment I had when performing as a member of the school orchestra and choir. I continue to marvel at how profoundly supportive the music education environment was at the Ursuline. I think it was because the quality of student experience was central to the development of the musician at every level and I am confident that this has prepared me well for my professional life as a musician and music educator.


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