Board of Directors
Our board of voluntary directors / charity trustees lead and govern the company of Luminosa Music and ensure the success of the Luminosa String Orchestra. We are committed to ensuring good corporate governance and adherence to company law and the regulations surrounding fundraising, pay and conditions. This is vital in ensuring that the orchestra's main object is realised for the ultimate growth and success of the company and to enable Galway's first professional orchestra to deliver high-quality concert experiences to its audiences. Luminosa Music is a registered charity no. 20205430.
Carmel Garrett has been involved in music since starting to play the piano when she was six years old. Totally committed to the idea that all children should learn music literacy and how to play instruments she sent her children to the VEC Music Education scheme 1986 where they learned, flute,clarinet and violin. She became a member of the VEC Music committee in 1988 and served as member of that committee and as a full member of the Galway City VEC for 17 years.
Following the path of her children who became members of Galway Youth Orchestra in 1987 she has been in involved with orchestra and has been its administrator for 25 years.
As a founding member and former chairman of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras she has seen the development of the youth orchestra movement over the past 25 years. Her aim now is to see a pathway for Ireland’s musicians into the professional field of performance.
Catherine is originally from France (Le Mans) and studied European Business and Logistics in Paris and Scotland. She recently completed a MSc In Supply Chain Management with TU Dublin. Having moved to Ireland in 1995, she is now firmly established in Galway and works as a Senior Business Process Analyst.
She is also the French Honorary Consul for Connacht and Donegal and represents the French Embassy in those regions helping to promote and strengthen Franco-Irish connections. She has been fully immersed in and involved with local commercial and community interests since the appointment.
Catherine is a strong advocate for supporting and promoting local initiatives with a French ‘je ne sais quoi’ and also has keen interests in music (especially Bach and Debussy), arts and world travel. Catherine is an avid Connacht rugby supporter.