BIOGRAPHY

Colette is an experienced musician who started learning Irish and Classical music when she was six; achieved top grades in both GCSE and A level music, grade 8 in Traditional Irish Music and classical violin. She played in many bands from the age of 8 and competed in both local, regional, All England and All Ireland Fléadhs, gaining awards in both solo, band and group chéoil competitions.

In July 2000, Colette passed her Teaching Diploma in Traditional Irish Music from Comhaltas Ceoltóiré Éireann, in Dublin after successfully completing an extensive course of practical and theory examinations. In preparation for this diploma, she assisted at music classes, taught Irish music at a primary school as part of their extra curricular activities and was a tutor at the Irish Music summer workshops at Hammersmith Irish Centre for three years with Brendan Mulkere.

Colette has toured extensively with many companies. She went to Sweden and Finland as a fiddle player with the hugely successful Irish Folk Ballet Company followed by performances on the Baltic Sea cruising circuit as well as playing to sell out shows in Sweden, Finland and Norway, accompanied by Tim Edey, the fine box and guitar player.

Colette was a member of the National Dance Company of Ireland for nearly two years, where she was lead musician in 'Rhythm of the Dance' - a two hour show of music, dance and song. The show toured extensively throughout Europe and then the company went on a world tour visiting South America, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and finally spending seven months touring Australia before returning to Europe to finish the tour, playing to audiences with an average size of 1000+. One New Year's Eve she played in China on a live television show, broadcast to over 2 billion viewers worldwide.

Colette has also worked for the BBC Concert Orchestra and is currently employed as a  music co-ordinator in a primary school, teaching class music to children from reception to year 6, running a choir and orchestra, as well as classical violin (in which they can take exams up to grade 3).  She is also involved in teaching Irish music at a community venue and  three primary schools as part of their extra curricular or school activities.

 

As some of her first students are now in their early 20's, it is pleasing to see that they are still playing Irish Music and will often come to play at any fundrasing or community events that are organised by the schoool.