Frank Kelly comes from Dublin and studied at Trinity College Dublin graduating with an Honours Degree in Music in 1981 and a Higher Diplome in Education in 1982.
He studied Piano and Organ at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where his teacher was the well-known Irish concert pianist John O’Conor. He won many scholarships at the Academy and was awarded Student of the Year in 1981. He was awarded the L.R.S.M. from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Piano Teaching and the L.R.I.A.M from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Performance. Frank won many competitions at the Feis Ceoil, Feis Maitiú in Dublin and Cork and at the Arklow Festival. He was a piano finalist on the RTE Musician of the Future competition.
He performed a number of recitals on RTE radio and around the country. In 1983 Frank went to France to study piano on a French Government Scholarship for two years.
While at college Frank also studied Singing with Veronica Dunne at the Dublin College of Music; now the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.
Frank’s teaching career at second level spanned thirty years until his retirement in 2014. He has extensive experience in the teaching and examination of Junior Cert Music and Leaving Cert Music.
Since his retirement from school-teaching, Frank now spends his time teaching Piano and other Instruments, training Choirs and preparing second-level students for the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams. He also plays at Weddings, Funerals and Corporate Functions both as a Solo Artist and with his family ensemble Classic Harmony, formerly known as The Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble.
As a Conductor Frank has long experience particularly in Choral Music but has conducted Instrumental works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bizet, Grieg and John Rutter. He has also conducted many Musicals in school productions.
Frank Kelly has always been an enthusiastic advocate of Community Music. His whole career has been dedicated to bringing good music into the lives of people in Wicklow through his work with choirs and piano-teaching but also through his Music Project in Ashford National School where he taught Singing and Choir (he founded and ran Ashford Childrens Choir for many years), and taught many children such instruments as Keyboard, Guitar, Recorder, Tin Whistle, Accordion and Violin. His efforts have been rewarded on three occasions by the Bray and District Chamber of Commerce who awarded him the Culture Endeavour Award for his work with Bray Choral Society.
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