Tonos Irish Early Music Group
Irish Early Music group, Tonos, comprises Róisín O’ Grady (Soprano) and Eamon Sweeney (Baroque Guitar)
About Eamon Sweeney
In 2006 Eamon Sweeney was awarded the first musicology PhD to be accredited by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. His doctoral thesis, The Guitar and its role as an accompanying instrument in seventeenth – and early eighteenth-century France, investigated the five-course guitar’s role as a continuo instrument in the court of Louis XIV, a hitherto unexplored area of French baroque music and early guitar performance practice.
Eamon has lectured and given seminars on Baroque guitar performance at Dublin, Dundee and Bath International Guitar Festivals as well as for DIT and UCD.
In 1999 Eamon received his BMus (1st Class) in Guitar Performance from Trinity College, Dublin and DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and has since performed on stage, radio and television, both as a solo artist and with various ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra, National Concert Orchestra and Opera Theatre Company.
Eamon was recently appointed acting director of the Bray VEC Music Centre and is on the staff of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.
About Róisín O’ Grady
Soprano Róisín O’ Grady completed her B.A. Hons. Degree in Music and Italian at University College, Cork in 2000 and in 2001 completed her B.Mus. Hons. Degree. In 2004, she completed the one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Concert Singing at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, under the vocal guidance of soprano Margaret Marshall O.B.E. She took part in master classes with sopranos Lynn Dawson and Emma Kirkby and mezzo-soprano Ann Murray. She recieved a First Class Hons. M.A. in Performance at the Cork School of Music in 2008. She was selected to perform in The Johann Sebastian Bach
International Music Competition in Leipzig, July 2008. She was a member of and a soloist with The National Chamber Choir of Ireland for over two years. The choir perform both in Ireland and throughout Europe. They recently performed in music festivals in The Lebanon and Holland. They sing frequently with The National Chamber Choir of Ireland, The RTÉ Concert Orchestra and The BBC Ulster Orchestra both in Dublin and Belfast.
Róisín has extensive concert experience including; Vivaldi’s Gloria, Beatus Vir and Magnificat, Handel’s Samson, Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Charpentier’s Mess de Minuit, Schubert’s Mass in G, Schumann’s Reqiuem, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and Nelson Mass, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor, Allegri’ Miserere, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, Durufle’s Requiem andSaint Säens’ Christmas Oratorio. She has performed with choral societies and orchestras throughout Ireland and Scotland including The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Alba, Orchestra of St. Cecilia, St. Andrew’s Chorus, Wexford Festival Singers, Trinity Choral Society, Göethe Institute Choir, St. George’s Singers and East Cork Choral Society. She is a member of the early music duo Tonos who performed in The John Field Room, NCH and The National Gallery, Dublin. She performed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 2008. She has worked with harpsichordist Malcolm Proud and pianist Frances Kelleher giving recitals throughout the country. Forthcoming concerts include Handel’s Ode to St. Cecilia and Solomon and John Rutter’s Requiem.