Ciara O’Connor graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London in 2010 having studied for 4 years previously at the Junior Royal Academy, London. She won a vocal scholarship at the age of 14 to study at a specialist music school where formed her love for Gilbert & Sullivan through their annual all-girl productions and became determined to study Performance at a conservatoire.

She gained a lot of performance experience before training in London concert touring with the ‘The Lampard Ensemble’ and ‘Reynolds Singers’ and playing lead roles with a local, award winning National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) society. Ciara’s roles include Elsa (The Grand Duke), Edith (Pirates of Penzance), Yum Yum (The Mikado), Harry (Albert Herring), Soloist(Idylle sur la paix) and Bessie Throckmorton (Merrie England). She has performed under the baton of John Owen Edwards, David Steadman, Clive Timms, Paolo Olmi and Christian Curnyn and at such venues as Wratislavia Cantans Festival (Poland), Barbican Hall (London), Concerti Nuovo Teatro Carisport (Italy),Waterford International Festival of Light Opera (Ireland), St Patricks Cathedral (NYC), St Martin in the Fields (London), Finborough Theatre (London) and with the now named ‘National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company’ at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.

‘O Holy Night’ is her all time favourite song to sing and she is very much looking forward to joining the Solent Male Voice Choir.

Off stage Ciara is an organiser extraordinaire and

has enjoyed a variety of ‘civilian’ roles and loves

engaging her competitive side on the netball court.

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