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29 October 2009

Autumn Concerts 2009

DSC02710.JPG Melanie Johnston graduated from Queen's University with a BA (Hons) in Music and French, studying voice with the late Irene Sandford and previously with Margaret Smyth. She completed an MA in Opera Studies before completing her PGCE in Music at UUC. She attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music, studying voice with Susan Murphy and currently studies with Aubrey McClintock.Melanie has had the opportunity to perform as guest soloist with some well-known choirs in Northern Ireland including Grosvenor Chorale, Phoenix Belfast and Ballyclare Male Choir Voice Choir. She was soloist at the Belfast High School 150thAnniversary Concert in 2004, performing Vivaldi's Gloria. Having previously taught in Banbridge Academy and Wesley College, Dublin. Melanie is currently Head of Music at Laurelhill Community College, Lisburn.

Emma.JPG Emma Gibbins Began her musical career as organ scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, subsequently held the post of organ scholar at St. Martin in the Fields, Whilst studying for a PhD. Following a year working at Southwell Minster, during Which time she was awarded the ARCO diploma, she completed the MMus course at the Royal College of Music in London, studying organ with David Graham and harpsichord with Robert Woolley. Emma was Director of Music at All Saints Parish Church in High Wycombe, Associate Organist at St. Sepulcher-without-Newgate, the National Musicians 'Church in the City of London, Director of a newly formed Girls' Choir at Brentwood Cathedral in Essex and accompanist of the South West London Choral Society.
  In August 2008 she took up the position of Director of Music at St. George's Church in Belfast. She has played harpsichord and organ with the Ulster Orchestra and also teaches organ and piano in Belfast and Armagh.

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