Ian Keatley – Organist & Director of Music
Ian is Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral. He is responsible for the direction of the Cathedral’s music, both at the daily choral services and the many diocesan and national occasions which take place there. He directs the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral in its programme of concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours. Before moving to Dublin in January 2012, Ian was Director of Music at Westminster Abbey Choir School and was previously Deputy Master of Music at the Chapels Royal, Her Majesty’s Tower of London. From 2004 – 2006 he was Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey where he played at a number of royal and state occasions including the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II, broadcast live on BBC television, and state memorial services for former Prime Minister, Lord Callaghan and comedian Ronnie Barker.
Ian was Assistant Director of Music at Croydon Minster from 2000-2002. Whilst Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral from 2002 – 2004, Ian founded and directed the Cathedral Merbecke Choir which performed services, concerts and recitals for City of London livery companies. In 2004 he graduated from the Royal College of Music where he was a prize winner for organ performance. Before moving to London in 2000, Ian was a Vicar Choral at Wells Cathedral and studied singing with Ashley Stafford in Oxford. Recently Ian has performed organ recitals at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, St Alban’s Abbey and Truro Cathedral. In 2009, Ian performed an organ and bagpipe duet recital with Pipe Major Jim Motherwell (Personal Piper to HM The Queen) at Westminster Abbey – a first for the recital series at the Abbey!
David Bremner – Assistant Organist
David moved to Ireland in 1999 following an Organ Scholarship at Keble College, Oxford, having previously been a chorister at Durham Cathedral. He was Organ Scholar at both Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral in 2002-2003. From 2003 to 2010 he was Organist and Director of Music at Sandford Parish Church and St Philip’s Milltown. David has performed with many of Dublin’s leading ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and Crash Ensemble. In 2012 he received an Arts Council Bursary award in order to further develop the work of TheOpenRehearsals, and to compose a new work for banjo and live electronics. Current projects include a collection of new works for uilleann pipes and pipe organ, a work for Clarion Trio, and a song-cycle setting poems by leading Irish experimental poet Billy Mills. More information about David and his work can be found here.
Caroline Richards – Organ Scholar
A native of County Antrim, Caroline is a recent graduate of Music Education (BMusEd) at Trinity. Beginning her musical studies on violin and piano, gaining diplomas in both, she began studying organ with Dr David Adams after moving to Dublin. She has also developed an interest in choral singing and conducting, furthered by her Erasmus studies in Kecskemét, Hungary, in the Kodály Institute of Music Education. She was a member of the Charles Wood Singers in August 2015 and 2016, broadcasting on BBC Radio 3 as well as performing in several concerts, and is a keen arranger and orchestrator of choral and instrumental music.
Caroline has been musical director in the parishes of Castleknock and Clonsilla, as well as Terenure College Chapel. In the past academic year she conducted Trinity College Singers, including on their international tour to Hungary.
Thomas Maxwell, Junior Organ Scholar
Thomas began organ studies with David Adams at the age of 11. A former chorister at St Patrick’s Cathedral, he is now in Transition Year at Sandford Park School where he holds a music scholarship. He has won 1st place in Junior competitions at the Feis Ceoil (2014) and the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (2014 & 2015). Thomas also studies piano with Ann Keary at DIT and is an accomplished drummer, performing regularly at Sandford with the band “The Drivers”.