Principal Conductor - Andrew Synnott

Andrew Synnott is a Dublin-based composer, arranger, conductor and pianist. Synnott was organ scholar in Christ Church Cathedral and the Pro-cathedral while studying Music at Trinity College Dublin. He has conducted for Opera Theatre Company (The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Il mondo della luna, Orfeo, Bastien and Bastienne, Xerxes, Acis and Galatea, Diary of Anne Frank, Orfeo, Carmen, Susanna’s Secret); Co-Opera (La traviata, Carmen, Die Fledermaus), Glasthule Opera (Die Zauberflote), and the Royal Irish Academy of Music (The Telephone, Hand of Bridge, For A Look Or A Touch, Renard, Greed, Sensational and Suor Angelica). In January he conducted the premiere of his own opera, Breakdown, in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. His arrangements of La Bohème and The Magic Flute have toured extensively in Ireland and the UK. His latest arrangement of Susanna’s Secret was successfully premiered at this year’s  Kilkenny Arts Festival, and will tour nationally in November. He has conducted at the Buxton Opera Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and in Australia, Portugal and France. Other recent conducting engagements include the Maria Callas show here in the NCH and a concert and recently released recording of a Betty Ollivero piece for the Louth Contemporary Music Society. Andrew is the resident composer for Opera Theatre Company’s Opera Hub and has written music for The Abbey Theatre, Pan Pan Theatre,  Irish Modern Dance Theatre and, most recently, Finghin Collins and the WhistleBlast Quartet and Music Generation. His organ and choral music has been performed and broadcast worldwide. He has conducted for many theatre productions and musicals including several Derby Playhouse productions of Sondheim shows, which he also arranged. He is a former artistic director and conductor of Crash Ensemble, a group he co-founded in 1997. Andrew is a member of the vocal faculty in the RIAM. He is also a member of the tango quartet Le Grand Tango.
Deputy Conductor - Karen Ní Bhroin
Karen Ní Bhroin is from Ferns, Co. Wexford and is a Music Education graduate of Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with The Royal Irish Academy of Music and the DIT Conservatoire of Music and Drama. Karen began her musical training at the age of four on tin whistle, concertina and piano with her aunt, Nóra Kavanagh. From here Karen studied music with Gearóid Grant at FCJ Bunclody where she began her studies on clarinet. In 2006 Karen was awarded a place at the RIAM to study clarinet under Fintan Sutton, and won the EBS Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil Senor Clarinet competition 2012. She is currently undertaking an MPhil at DIT Conservatoire of Music and Drama, researching Orchestra Conducting. Leaving the clarinet for the baton, Karen made her conducting debut with Trinity College Orchestra in 2012 in the final year of her degree. Karen has previously studied conducting privately with Robert Houlihan, Denise Ham and David Brophy. She has also attended conducting courses and classes in Europe and America with Rodolfo Saglembeni, Neil Varon, Toby Purser, Neil Thomson, John Farrer and Alexander Walker both in Europe and America. Karen is currently MD of The SuperTones Kids Choir, Mount Anville Choral Society, St. Mary’s Brass and Reed Band, Maynooth and Dublin School of Music Orchestras. Karen also holds the position of Deputy Conductor with Dublin Orchestral Players. Karen has previously conducted Dublin Symphony Orchestra, Co-Orch Dublin, Rochester Philharmonic - New York, The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Trinity College Orchestra - Dublin, Dublin Concert Band and Dun Laoghaire Choral Society. She has also worked with Galway Youth Orchestra and Wexford Sinfonia. Karen was one of 3 finalists in the ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil, inaugural conducting competition where she conducted the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in 2014. 

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