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25th Anniversary Concert in The Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Dun Laoghaire School of Music celebrated its 25th Anniversary with three sold-out concerts in The Mill Theatre, Dundrum on Sunday 15th April.There were solo performances by more than 100 of the school’s students from the various music departments – piano, voice, strings, woodwind, guitar and percussion. There was a special performance by the school’s ever-popular Children’s World of Music and guest appearances by the children from Monkstown Educate Together National School’s Music Theatre Group and Booterstown National School’s Children’s Choir. All of these groups (consisting of more than 60 students) were under the direction of Catherine Madden.

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The school’s rock band, The Lightning Bugs, under the tutelage of Martin McGahon, gave a unique twist to Radiohead’s “Creep” while vocal ensemble The York Quartet, conducted by Ted Courtney, rounded off the proceedings with a moving rendition of “Parting Glass”.

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The talent on display was stunning and there was a huge diversity of musical styles in evidence – classical, contemporary, jazz, blues, rock, traditional, minimalist and post-classical, some of the students performed their own compositions.

Accompaniment on the day was provided by teachers Ealu Thomas (piano), Martin McGahon (guitar, drums, piano), Trea Breazeale (guitar) and student Naoise MacConghaile (bass) who also sang with the in-house band. Visiting accompanists were Mairead Loughrey and Luodmila Podlesnyka.

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The audiences at each of the concerts were extremely receptive and enthusiastic. The concerts were compered by Director, Catherine Madden and stage-managed by Director, John McCrea and School Manager, Laura Mahoney (with a team of skillful helpers).

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the performers who worked so hard in preparation for these concerts. Thanks also to our extremely diligent and dedicated teaching staff, without whom none of this would have been possible. And also to Laura, who worked so hard in preparation for the event.

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We would also like to thank the staff of The Mill Theatre and our own backstage team who helped everything run so smoothly; sound engineer, Eoin Murphy and Thornton Pianos for supplying the Baby Grand.

Finally, thanks to all the past teachers and to all the students and parents who have attended and supported the school over the past 25 years and who have helped to make it such an enduring success.

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The 25th Anniversary celebrations continue with a series of recitals in the Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire (see our website and dlr county council for further details).

A special anniversary concert is in the pipeline for the autumn.


“What a wonderful concert this evening at the mill theatre, Emma loved performing and we adored the whole concert. What a theatre full of talent and obviously great guidance from the superb teachers. I think it’s wonderful to give the musicians and singers this great opportunity to perform on stage.”– Anne Dawson.

"Congratulations, well done & thank you. Catherine, John and Laura and all the teachers at the Dun Laoghaire School of Music for a wonderful and very enjoyable concert, to celebrate 25 years of success and all your talented students" - Nicolette Duff

Reception Opening Hours

Monday:   10am - 5pm  (CLOSED 1pm - 2pm)
Tuesday:   10am - 5pm (CLOSED 1pm - 2pm)
Wednesday:   10am - 5pm (CLOSED 1pm - 2pm)
Thursday:   2pm - 5pm
Friday:   CLOSED

Saturday:   10am - 1pm



What We Offer

All Instruments, Voice, Theory
         & Music Technology

 Junior & Leaving Certificate

    Children's World of Music
          fun classes for 3 - 6 year olds

  Expert Tuition by Dedicated
            & Friendly Staff

About Us

Dun Laoghaire School of Music was founded in 1993 and has acquired an excellent reputation as a centre for music education
in south John CatherineDublin, catering for over 800 students. The school offers expert tuition in most instruments, theory and voice by experienced and dedicatedteachers and provides individual or group classes for all ages and levels. A diverse range of musical styles is on offer, from
classical to jazz through to popular and traditional music. The emphasis is on learning through enjoyment and pupils are taken from day one,
through all the skills necessary for them to acquire a full and comprehensive knowledge and love of music.

Exams: While music exams are encouraged they are not compulsory. Exams for the Royal Irish Academy are hosted by Dun Laoghaire School
of Music thus enabling students to sit their exams in a familiar and welcoming environment. Other exam courses offered include the Associated
Board of the Royal Schools of Music, the London College of Music and Trinity Guildhall. In-house exams are also available in many instruments.

Concerts: There are also two concerts held in the School of Music, at Christmas and at the end of year, for parents and friends.  All students
are encouraged to participate. Concerts also take place in The Pavilion Theatre every year where students are encouraged to showcase their talents.