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.
Bernadette later decided to pursue a career in primary school teaching and is a teacher in St. Joseph’s National School. Here she introduced the National Children’s Choir to the school in 2012 and has encouraged music throughout the school.
In 2016, along with Claire Crehan, Bernadette was the musical director for a CD at St. Josephs. She helped to unlock the creativity and joy of the children and also hidden talents in the staff.
Bernadette has been an active member of SUSO community and SUSO Gospel choirs since the beginning.
2019 was a highlight for Bernadette, when she had the opportunity to share conducting the National Children’s Choir for the Kildare region, in the Basketball Arena in May with Máire Ní Loinn.
Dave was the lead guitarist with the award winning Irish band, ‘Fox.E and the Good Hands’ who have played at all the major music festivals of Ireland, and is the lead guitarist in one of Ireland’s leading David Bowie tribute bands, Moonage Daydream.
Cian’s outlook on learning a music instrument:
“It’s never too late to start playing. For me playing music is the ultimate form of self expression. I feel everyone owes it to themselves to give it a shot at some stage in their life. For me learning an instrument isn’t just about mastering the craft to play for others but about the fun you have, the friends you make and life lessons you learn along the way.”
Cian is a member of funk-ska band The FitzaFrenic who are currently gearing up to release their second album. Cian also works as a sound engineer in The Sound Yard recording studio in between his teaching and performance commitments.
Videographer & Photographer
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.
Saoirse works in SuSo as an intern. She assists with all of our group programs, and is a member of the Youth Choir. Saoirse is a wonderfully talented singer songwriter, under the name Beatrix Nova, and is currently doing the Teacher Training with Modern Vocal Technique, one of Ireland’s leading teacher training organisations.