WHO WE ARE
ORCHESTRA MANAGER, CO-FOUNDER and CEO
As the orchestra manager of Luminosa Music, Lucy Hayward, who is a classically trained musician in piano and violin and also studying an MA in Arts Policy and Practice, manages production, company operations and fundraising. She believes that the creation of a professional orchestra in Galway is culturally significant, timely and a much needed group for what is Ireland's unofficial Capital of Culture. Diversity of experience, culture, ethnicity and music training are the ingredients for an exciting, progressive and entrepreneurial organisation that shines a light on world-class talent and performance.
Originally from Scotland, Nicola Geddes studied Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art, and Cello Performance at the London School of Music. She has a wide range of experience in chamber music, orchestral and solo performance, and has also toured and worked as session player with many bands and ensembles. Based in Galway, Nicola has a busy teaching practice both privately and in schools.
Dr INGRID NICOLA
Ingrid Nicola is the violinist/founding member of Con Tempo quartet, a celebrated string quartet that has become RTE's quartet in residence (Ireland's National Television and Radio Broadcaster) in 2014 and is Galway's Ensemble in Residence since 2003.
Ingrid is a visiting chamber music teacher at the Royal Academy of Music/Dublin and has been holding lectures/workshops at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1999-2002) Gedai University of Music Tokyo, DIT and Cork School of Music.
Dr ADRIAN MANTU
Dr Adrian Mantu is our Artistic Director and also leads the cello section. Adrian is also the cellist/founder of the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet (since 1995), Galway Ensemble in Residence since 2002 and RTE, Ireland’s National Television & Radio Broadcaster’s Quartet in Residence, since 2012.
MarieNoelle Beggan is an ardent believer in the power of music, particularly ensemble work, as a potent force for wellbeing. With classical training in piano, voice and clarinet, from a sprout, she has a pride in being rooted in a rich legacy of music through many projects in her native Galway.