Project Description

    Around The House
    Comprising of staff and students of CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland, ‘Around the House’ will perform a program of Irish traditional music with an exciting and innovative approach.

    Ciara O’Leary Fitzpatrick, concertina
    Ciara O’Leary Fitzpatrick has been playing traditional Irish music since the age of 4 learning from her mother in their home in north county Cork. She started playing the concertina when she was seven learning from all Ireland concertina champion Hazel Bolster in the local music school as well as attending many master classes. Since then she has played in a variety of groups continuously through secondary school and third level education. She is now studying for the Masters in Performance in the CIT School of Music Cork.


    Cormac McCarthy, piano, teacher
    Cormac McCarthy is a Cork-born composer, arranger and pianist. He began studying piano aged four and soon after, discovered the joy of composition. He has gone on to perform and compose in a wide range of musical genres from classical to jazz to Irish traditional music throughout Europe and the US. In 2010 Cormac received the prestigious Bill Whelan International Music Bursary from Bill Whelan, an award earmarked for young Irish composers studying abroad. Recent compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded regularly throughout the American Midwest, including two separate recordings with jazz icons Phil Woods and Jeff Hamilton. For the past twelve months, Cormac has performed frequently with Grammy-nominated fiddler, Liz Carroll, including a live one-hour radio concert on Chicago’s prestigious WFMT. Cormac holds Bmus and MA degrees from Cork School of Music and DePaul University, Chicago.


    Johnny McCarthy, fiddle and flute, teacher
    Johnny McCarthy hails from Cork and is widely known throughout Ireland, Europe and the US as a highly accomplished musician in both classical and Irish traditional music. From a traditional Irish music beginning, in his teens he explored the world of classical music and studied at the Cork School of Music. He later studied at the Conservatorium und Music Hochschüle in Zürich, Switzerland under professor of flute, Jean Poulain. He has featured as both soloist and as a member of many ensembles on prominent platforms. He has performed as soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and has recorded with such artists as Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, The Four Star Trio, John Gibson, Antonio Breschi, John Spillane and many others. The highly acclaimed CD, ‘Fool’s Dream’ featured music composed in collaboration with pianist Pat Crowley. Johnny frequently appears on Irish and international TV both as a performer and a presenter of many productions in both Irish and English. He currently lectures in flute, traditional music and music technology at The CIT Cork School of Music. He studied Irish, Ethnology and Music at UCC and holds an MA from the Irish World Music Centre UL. He has presented academic papers throughout Ireland, England, France, Switzerland and the US.


    Lucia Mac Partlin, fiddle
    Lucia Mac Partlin, twenty years old from Co. Tipperary in Ireland began playing the fiddle at the age of four. While she first started off playing classical music, she quickly began to develop and interest and a love for traditional Irish music and has since become quite an accomplished player. She is the winner of many national titles, including the 2012 Fiddler of Dooney title, the International pan Celtic title this year and has an All Ireland title from Fleadh cheoil na hEireann in 2009. Lucia is in her third year at the Cork School of music where she is studying classical music with Greg Ellis and traditional music with Johnny McCarthy for her degree.  Lucia now plays with the Ken Kelleher Ceili Band and plays in a traditional Irish music show for tourists during the summer months.


    Maria Ryan, fiddle
    Maria Ryan is a 20 year old fiddler from Pallasgrean in Co. Limerick . She is a member of the Castleconnel/Ahane/Herbertstown branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann with whom she has won Munster and All Ireland honours. She was a member of the Limerick Ballad group which won the All Ireland Scor na nOg in 2007. In 2010 she won Siansa, and in the same year won the Feis Ceoil, from this she had the privilage of playing for the president of Ireland. Maria is presently studying classical violin under Elizabeth Charlston in Cork school of music.


    CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland
    CIT Cork School of Music has many award-winning bands, chamber music ensembles, choirs, drama groups, opera groups, and orchestras – with the senior ones undertaking extensive national and international tours, broadcasting, and making commercial recordings.

    Located within the centre of Cork City overlooking the River Lee, this five story 12,000 sq.m., building functions as a centre of musical excellence locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Central to the architect’s concept are the themes of ‘collegiality’ balanced with the requirements of speechless teaching.

    The school accommodates music tuition studios; a 450 seat rehearsal hall; ‘black box’ theatre; staff and student common rooms; music library; live recording suite with ProTools HD; AudioLab; drama suite; staff boardrooms; administrative offices; flat floor classrooms and raked lecture theatres. All rooms contain at least one computer unit, while others contain 20.

    The heart of the building is a public concourse that connects the teaching, performance and administrative spaces. The school is built on the grounds of the old school and has been specifically developed for the site taking consideration of its urban context and to make a dramatic contribution to the urban realm of Cork City.

    Many of the spaces utilise ‘box within box’ construction. The design detailing isolates the floating floors, walls, ceilings, services and acoustic glazing, from the primary masonry structure.