PROFESSOR ROD STONEMAN
Formerly of the Irish Film Board and former Director of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at NUI Galway.
Carmel has been leading the Youth Orchestras in Galway for the past 30 years.
DR AIDAN THOMSON
Aidan is the Director of Music and Senior Lecturer at NUI Galway's new BA in Music. He is a renowned musicologist and is widely published. He comes to us with a passion for music education and the desire to see a full orchestra realised in Galway.
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.
MARIAN CHAMBERS HIGGINS
Marian is the Galway County Registrar, Sherriff and Probate Officer. She is also the Returning Officer for Galway. She is a lawyer working for the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
Board of Directors
We are currently establishing a professional board of non-executive Directors who will lead Luminosa Music and ensure the success of the Luminosa String Orchestra. This will ensure good corporate Governance and adherence to Company Law and the regulations surrounding fund-raising and pay and conditions. This is vital in ensuring that the orchestra proposals are realised and for the ultimate growth of a string orchestra into a full concert orchestra.
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.