Board of Directors

(Charity Trustees)

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.

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Dr Thomson is a musicologist with a particular interest in British and Irish music of the early twentieth century, particularly Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arnold Bax and the ‘Celtic North’. He is also an experienced violinist (having led the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland while at university), pianist and organist.

Dr Thomson co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Vaughan Williams (Cambridge University Press, 2013). In 2016, he wrote and presented ‘Bax, Ireland and 1916’ for RTÉ Lyric FM’s ‘Lyric Feature’ programme, which looked at Bax’s relationship with the leaders of the Easter Rising. As part of the centenary celebrations, he also gave a public lecture in Dublin about Bax’s friendship with Pádraig Pearse.

Before coming to NUI Galway, Dr Thomson was Lecturer in Music at Queen’s University Belfast, where he taught music history, theory and analysis, and some performance. He has also taught at the universities of Oxford and Leeds.

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Charity Trustee 

Company Secretary


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.

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Charity Trustee



Rod Stoneman is an Emeritus Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway, a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter. He was the Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media from 2003-15, Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board from 1993-2003 and previously a Deputy Commissioning Editor in the Independent Film and Video Department at Channel 4 Television from 1983-93. He has made a number of documentaries, including Ireland: The Silent Voices, Italy: the Image Business, 12,000 Years of Blindness and The Spindle. He is the author of Chávez: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, A Case Study of Politics and the Media; Seeing is Believing: The Politics of the Visual and Educating Filmmakers: Past, Present and Future with Duncan Petrie.

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Charity Trustee

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.