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Biography

Dr. Declan Townsend  has spent his working life sharing his passion for music with children of all ages---“from 3 to 93”. A violinist, who became Head of Singing, Wind and Percussion at Cork School of Music, he has been a secondary school music teacher, conductor, arranger, composer, advocate for better music education and writer on music. His choirs, Irish Steel Male Voice Choir, Hardebec Singers and Cork School of Music Choir have won many National trophies, as well as commissioning several new works from Irish composers. Currently “semi-retired”, he is a Music Reviewer for the Irish Examiner (when playing chamber music or golf allow). Almost all of his compositions and arrangements have been written for students and amateurs. These have been published in Ireland, Britain and Germany and found favour as far away as Texas and Taiwan. He and his wife, Gráinne, have three sons, and one grandson, all of whom have been members of NYOI and continue their involvement in music, two as professionals.

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