Hey Guys… Claire & Eimear here. We are delighted to be saying hello and welcome to SpeakUp SingOut, a centre of excellence in musical education and creativity, based in Kilcock, Co. Kildare.
Our ethos is one of acceptance, awareness, personal development and inclusivity. We believe that anyone can do anything – it is never too late to open yourself up to creativity, to experience the joy of trying a new thing, learning a new skill, and making new friends and connections. We run programs for ages newborn to ninety plus – there is something here for everyone.
Claire is a community music teacher, piano teacher, composer, performer and musical director. Claire arranges all the music for our choirs, creating bespoke arrangements for each group she works work. In addition to facilitating tailor-made programs for groups, Claire is a Naked Voice practitioner, training as a sound healer under Githa Ben-David, and facilitates community singing, chanting and meditation through sound, and is the creator of the Music Medicine series of courses.
She is the resident musical director for GFD Promotions, working on international touring shows The World of Musicals, Celtic Nights and The International Magic Tenors.
Claire has been playing music since the age of 5. She graduated with 1st Class Honours from the Bachelor of Music program in UCC in 2003, majoring in jazz vocal performance, and continued her studies in the DIT Conservatory of Music graduating with 1st Class Honours from the Masters in Classical Piano Performance in 2009.
She released an EP and Album to date, and her current album is due for release in 2021.
To hear some of her music, head on over to Spotify here.
Eimear is a life & creativity coach, a community & youth worker, with extensive experience in music facilitation and choral directorship. In addition to working with the schools’ eight choirs, Eimear teaches singing in the school and specialises in working with stage fright, anxiety and people who think they can’t sing. She is also the creator of the course Singer Not Beginner, the Level 2 of which launched in early 2019. Eimear also loves nothing more than a good community project and can often be found designing a new program to run or course to facilitate!
Eimear’s commitment and unshaken belief in the innate ability of every person to sing is an empowering thing to behold.
Eimear studied in Maynooth University, graduating with a BA in Music and Irish, and a HDip and MA in Youth and Community Work. In 2015 she graduated from Marino College with a HDip in Executive and Life Coaching and she was awarded Coach of the Month in June 2016 from all the graduates of the this program.
She continues her professional development continuously, with coaching studies in the Neuroscience of Change, and the Art of Development Coaching. Further vocal coaching training include Level 2 Teacher Training with Modern Vocal Technique. MVT are on of Ireland’s leading teacher training organisations, and their methodologies teach the highest level of competency for vocal coaches.
Having fronted the award winning Irish band, FXY, (formerly Fox. E & the Good Hands), Eimear launched her solo album, Scars, in 2018, and her current album is due for release in late 2020. She is a regular on the touring circuit, supporting artists such as Mary Coughlan and Jack L. For a taster, you can experience the joy of Scars, the title track of her 2018 album:
For more info check out eimearcrehan.com
She also sings in 3 of our choirs, understanding the business from every aspect, from the inside out and the outside in. She has completed the Singer Not Beginner Levels 1 & 2, and the Music Medicine course, showing a real commitment to her own musical journey. Her kindness is unbounded, and she really encourages everyone to be brave and joyful.
Saoirse has been an active member of all things SuSo, beginning in 2016 as an intern, supporting us in our work with both the Junior and Focus Choirs, in addition to working on our summer camp programs.
She has completed her Level 1 Teacher Training with Modern Vocal Technique in 2020, and is committed to her continuing professional development.
Saoirse is a wonderfully talented singer songwriter, under the name Beatrix Nova, and is a truly unique voice of the modern musical generation of Ireland. She is self-taught as a pianist and composer, and her creativity seems unboundless.
We are delighted to have her join the team as a teacher.
Ray has been playing music all his life, from the family gigs of his teen years, through to Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. He is a pianist, musical director composer, arranger, and studio engineer.
We are delighted to have someone of Ray’s calibre work with us here in SuSo. His experience in performance, musical direction, teaching, facilitation and in studio engineering and recording brings a real magic to his work with our students.
Ray is an arranger, composer and accomplished pianist, working as a professional musician since 1992. He has toured worldwide, performing in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie and Sydney Opera House.
He has worked as a musical director in shows for RTE, BBC, PBS America and SKY, and as a session musician has performed or recorded with innumerable artists from Francis Black, Daniel O’Donnel, Cliff Richard, Brian Kennedy, Derek Ryan, Nathan Carter, the RTE Concert Orchestra, Rick Astley & Mary Coughlan, to name only a few.
He owns and operates RMC Recording Studios in Mullingar, a large rural recording facility boasting a long list of profile artists and clients, as well as local talent. We are delighted to welcome him to the SuSo Team.
Niamh is a Meath based singer, pianist and teacher, who specialises in teaching beginners.
She has been a part of the SuSo community since we opened our doors in 2015, alongside her husband and children, offering a unique ‘insider’ experience to our way of working.
Niamh began her piano studies as an adult, and her passion for music and learning stands testament to the adage that “it’s never to late to learn”!!!!
She has been teaching from her home for the past few years, and is fascinated by the Kodaly approach to music learning, encouraging active musicianship as an integral part of learning the piano.
We are delighted to have her as part of our team, her passion for continuous professional development an inspiration to us all.
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Aimee has always had a love of music, from her early days in Cór na nÓg to her studies in BIMM, graduating with a BA Honours in Commercial Music, specialising in vocals.
Her performance career spans many of the major venues and festivals in Ireland, including Electric Picnic, Indiependence and IMRO Cork Music.
She continues to create new music, with a band relaunch a-foot.
We are delighted to welcome her to the team as a piano teacher and vocal coach.
Cayleigh Crehan Reilly
Cayleigh works on all of our camp programs. Cayleigh has been working with children from a young age and works as an SNA in the local Gaelscoil, Scoil Uí Riada. She has an incredible way with children, who love her and respond to her gentle ways. She is also known as ‘Mary the Magical Tree’ to our Earlies!
Trish is our local Play therapist working from here and her own Play Therapy room just around the corner from us. She specialises in early childhood development. She is also a qualified Baby Massage Instructor and Baby Signs instructor. Trish runs the Soulchild classes for babies, toddlers and preschool as well as the afterschool Soulkids Confidence building groups.
Trish is also available for private play therapy. She studied with NUI Galway and Play Therapy Ireland, graduating with a Post Graduate certificate in therapeutic play and P.G. Diploma in Practised based Play Therapy. She is currently studying for her Masters in Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy with IICP.