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Our Teachers

Mairéad Sheerin

Mairéad Sheerin is an opera singer who lives in Catford. She studied at the University of Birmingham and the Royal College of Music. She began her professional career singing small roles, chorus and understudying at Glyndebourne. She has also toured internationally as soprano soloist with English Concert, directed by Trevor Pinnock, and has performed the standard oratorio repertoire throughout the UK and Ireland. Mairéad has worked with extensively Paul Farrington on the Estill Model – a way of looking at how the voice works physiologically, which can be applied to all styles of singing.

Mairéad somehow manages to combine teaching, singing and, on a voluntary basis, directing a local choir, running a couple of music groups for little ones with being a full-time mother of Joseph, Cormac and Alan and full-time wife of Matthew. This year, Mairéad will be performing a recital series of settings of Irish poetry, starting from late April.

If Mairéad were stranded on a desert island, she would like to have with her:
St Matthew Passion, Bach
Wagner's Ring
Rum, Sodomy and the Lash, The Pogues

"I love to teach because singing, without fail, brings out qualities that surprise and often shock; being part of that process is a privilege."