Blánaid Murphy Biog

Blánaid was an Organ Scholar at Cambridge University and furthered her studies at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart.

She has wide experience as a Choral Director, adjudicator and Choral Consultant. She has been Choral Director of the RTE Children’s Choir Cór na nÓg and the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Blánaid has been Director of The Palestrina Choir, St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, since 2002 and she is currently Musical Director of Dublin Bach Singers, Carlow Choral Society and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Chorale.

In May 2009, Blánaid was instrumental in the formation of St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir.

Her many recordings have included the record-breaking Faith of Our Fathers CD and Cór, arrangements of Irish melodies on the ARSIS label and many CDs with the Palestrina Choir.

At the prestigious invitation of the Sistine Chapel Choir, she recently took the Palestrina Choir to sing at a Papal Mass in St Peter’s Basilica.

Recent performances have included the Bach Masses and Vaughan-Williams Serenade to Music and she will soon be conducting Bach St John Passion and Handel Israel in Egypt.

She has recently returned from a tour to Rome with the Palestrina Choir who had been invited by the Sistine Chapel Choir to join them in singing for the Papal Mass on 6th January celebrated by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Blánaid is delighted to be involved with this exciting project with Culture Cavan.