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Master Classes


This spring, the National Concert Hall will host a series of weekly online masterclasses by well-known musicians, starting 18th February at 2.30pm.

Each masterclass will be livestreamed on the National Concert Hall’s YouTube and Facebook channels giving aspiring musicians in Ireland access to tuition and further development. There will also be an opportunity to engage with the tutors via live chat.

Paul Roe, clarinet

Thursday 18th February, 2.30pm

A life defined by curiosity and exploration Dr. Paul Roe works in a range of areas with an eclectic mix of activities in performance, teaching, research and leadership-developmental coaching. Paul is Professor of Clarinet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Lecturer at the Technical University of Dublin.

He also works as an executive coach for the Department of Education's Centre for School Leadership working with school principals and management teams in a range of contexts. Paul is project leader of the innovative collective The Art of Collaboration. 

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Aura Stone, double bass

Thursday 25th February, 2.30pm

Born in Yorkshire, England, Aura took up the double bass aged 9. A scholarship student with Thomas Martin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she relocated to Dublin to join the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in 1996. Subsequently appointed sub-principal double bass, she held this position until 2016. As principal bass of the Orchestra of St Cecilia, she performed the entire series of Bach church cantatas, over a period of 10 years.

A sought after freelance performer, she now enjoys the variety and diversity of a freelance career, touring the world performing concerts with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, RTE Concert Orchestra, and Wexford Festival Opera. A hugely experienced recording artist, Aura has participated in multiple live broadcasts, film sessions, CD and TV recordings. 

With a keen interest in chamber music, Aura has performed all of the major chamber works that include the double bass. 
An enthusiastic teacher and educator, in 2013 Aura co-founded classicalkids, a concert series for babies and adults. Beginning in Dublin, it rapidly expanded to include venues throughout the country.

Richard O'Donnell, tuned percussion

Thursday 4th March, 2.30pm

Richard O’Donnell was the Section Leader, Principal Percussion of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra from 1997-2020. Previous to this, he was a member of the RTE Concert Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, and the Basque National Orchestra in San Sebastian, Spain. He has appeared as an orchestral soloist on numerous occasions with each of these orchestras and with these orchestras alone has performed on over 100 commercial CD’s. 

In the field of education, Richard is Professor of Percussion at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where in addition to teaching, he also directs the percussion ensemble and is the founder and director of the annual RIAM DAY of Percussion. As well as commissioning over 20 new Irish works for percussion ensemble, Richard has led the ensemble on 25 international tours to the USA, South America and Europe. In addition Richard is the percussion tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, teaches a module on the Trinity College B Mus Ed degree and the RIAM Diploma in Community Music.

Outside of the orchestra, Richard has been particularly active as a performer in the field of contemporary music. He was a member of Concorde for over 25 years and in addition has performed with the Crash Ensemble, Vox21, as well as various freelance ensembles. Currently, Richard is the Music Director of the new music group, ”PARABASIS”, and is a Musician in Residence for Trinity College’s M Phil in Composition programme.
Many of Richard’s students have particularly successful careers in music and currently have positions in the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, the Army #1 Band, the Garda Band and in orchestras and Universities in Germany and South America.

Richard holds an M Mus from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and a B Mus from Indiana University in the USA.


Barry Douglas, piano

Thursday 5th November, 2.30pm

Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule. His recent highlights include performances at BBC Proms in the Park with the Ulster Orchestra, a UK tour with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, and appearances with Orchestre de Auvergne, Barcelona Symphony, Bogota Philharmonic and Vancouver Symphony orchestras.  

Barry is an exclusive Chandos recording artist and his latest release is the third volume of his Schubert: Works for Solo Piano. He received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for services to music. 

Mia Cooper, violin

Thursday 12th November, 6.30pm

Mia Cooper was appointed Leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in 2006, and in this role has worked with musicians as diverse as Pavarotti, Kurt Elling and Martin Hayes. 

Before moving to Dublin to take up her position, Mia was a Principal member of the first violin section of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, she has been a member of the Esposito string quartet since 2010, with annual touring at venues across Ireland organised by the National String Quartet Foundation (Vanbrugh Quartet).  

Since 2006, Mia has taught violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and coaches on the Irish National Youth Orchestra and the Dublin Youth Orchestras Chamber Music courses. 


Mark O'Keeffe, trumpet

Thursday 19th November, 10am

Mark O’Keeffe has held the post of principal trumpet with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since December 1996. In addition to his career with the BBCSSO, he plays chamber music with Scottish based Red Note Ensemble and has been guest Principal Trumpet with the World Orchestra for Peace, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra. Mark was awarded a Creative Scotland bursary in 2004 for a collaborative project with Theatre Cryptic.  
He teaches at the RCS Glasgow, the RNCM Manchester and was awarded a distinguished alumnus from the CIT Cork School of Music in 2018. 


Jean Kelly, harp

Thursday 26th November, 2.30pm

Jean Kelly hails from an Irish family of several generations of professional musicians. In 1996 she won a scholarship to study harp at the Royal College of Music, London. Since graduating she has based herself in London and is in great demand as a versatile harpist. She regularly tours with the Locrian Ensemble performing harp concertos and her own arrangements of Irish music. She has recorded three CDs with the group.

In May 2011 Jean was invited to Dublin to play for the historic visit of HM Queen Elizabeth to Ireland. She also performed alongside Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney at the Opening Night of the World Harp Congress in Dublin and accompanied Irish President Mary McAleese on a State Visit to Austria.  

Jean performs on commercial film and TV soundtracks, for composers such as Jonny Greenwood, Max Richter and Dario Marianelli. She played solo harp on Michael Kiwanuka’s Mercury Prize winning album and has toured with pop singer Paloma Faith. 

Jean regularly performs with the Guy Barker Big Band, at major UK venues including The Proms at The Albert Hall and is a frequent guest with the BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (UK) and Irish Chamber Orchestra.