Director of Music & Principal Soloist

Breda McKinney BMus PGCE ATCL LTCL MPhil

 

 

In addition to singing, Breda studied oboe and cor anglais, attaining a BMus degree at the University of Ulster. After moving to London, she continued her singing training with Marjorie Thomas, Heidi Peglar and her current singing teacher, Eileen Price.

Breda performs in concerts, recitals, opera and oratorio. Solo engagements include Haydn The Creation, (Waterfront Hall Belfast), Mozart Exhultate Jubilate (Chichester Cathedral), Mozart Coronation Mass (Bedford Park Festival). She has featured on recordings by Irish music ensemble Solas, International award-winning chamber choir, Madrigal 75, and most recently with The Choir at St Patrick’s, recording compositions by composer David Bowerman, due for release in 2013.

In 2007 Breda joined Irish classical music ensemble, Emerald Baroque. In 2010 they released Ireland’s Enchantment, a recording of ancient Irish music and song, and have performed at the Brighton Early Music Festival, Handel House, the Tyneside Irish Festival and many London venues.

Breda has also completed research on traditional singing in Co. Donegal and her Irish song repertoire is extensive. Her performance of traditional Irish song has been recognised at national and international level with appearances at the English National Festival of Folk Music and Song, Cork Singer’s Circle, and Cullerlie Festival of Folksong (Scotland) to name a few.

Breda came to St Patrick’s in 2003. She is also a solo Cantor at Westminster Cathedral and St Mary Moorfields Church, Liverpool Street.

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