Gráinne Hope

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Artistic Director / Trainer / Healthcare Musician

Professional cellist Gráinne Hope is the founder, Artistic Director and lead trainer with Music & Health Ireland (formerly known as Kids Classics), Ireland’s leading music in healthcare organisation.

Following graduate studies in the US, Gráinne qualified as a trainer of musicians in healthcare through an EU programme partnership with Music Network (Ireland), led by Musique et Santé, France. She went on to set up Music & Health Ireland to provide training and mentoring to professional musicians and healthcare professionals.

Through this work, Gráinne designs and manages music programmes in healthcare settings nationally in partnership with the National Concert Hall and County Council Arts Offices. Gráinne regularly performs with the leading Orchestras in Ireland and has performed with Camerata Ireland on International tours to America, Finland, China and Russia. She has performed on radio and television with renowned classical performers as Jose Carreras, Sarah Chang, Katherine Jenkins and numerous popular artists, including The Three Priests, Colm Wilkinson, Bill Bailey, Ronan Tynan, Sharon Shannon and Liam O Flynn.

In 2016 Sony Classical released the soundtrack to the Hollywood movie ‘The Letters’ featuring Gráinne on solo cello.

Gráinne was awarded a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellowship (Wellcome Trust award) in 2018/2019 and is currently an Atlantic Fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) at TCD.

Liam Merriman

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Trainer / Healthcare Musician

Liam Merriman has worked in healthcare settings for many years with Music & Health Ireland, and as a mentor in their Training Notes programme. He carries out similar roles with Waterford Healing Arts Trust.

Qualifying as a Healthcare Musician and Trainer with the pioneering organization Musique et Santé (France) was the culmination of Liam’s ambition to promote professional standards and practice in the Irish Healthcare Sector. Two nine-month international training terms brought extensive experience in many sensitive and challenging medical environments across Ireland, England and Europe.

Liam is a singer/ guitarist/ composer known on the Irish live music circuit whose songs have been distributed by Polygram Records, RTE, and Three Rivers Records. His work has been published by Leopard Music U.K. and by Cohesion Arts in America. To date, he has released seven albums, recorded in Nashville, with 2020 Grammy Award Nominee Thomm Jutz in the producer’s chair.

David Hope

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Mentor / Healthcare Musician

David Hope is a musician and songwriter from Co Clare. Over his 20-plus year career in music he has recorded and released five studio albums, one live album and three EPs. David has toured all over Ireland, the UK, Europe and North America. His life in music has also included being a guitar teacher, youth music mentor for live performance and song writing.

Over the last eight years, David has been active music in health care practitioner working in paediatrics, oncology, stroke and elderly care.

Eoin O Meachair

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Multi-instrumentalist / Healthcare Musician / Mentor

Eoin O Meachair is a multi-instrumentalist, Irish tenor Banjo, Mandolin and Tin Whistle, he has taught with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann & Music Generation Waterford and can also be found playing locally at many traditional music sessions throughout the Southeast of Ireland and beyond.

A fluent Irish speaker, Eoin has lived and worked in Rath Cairn, Co. Meath as an Irish language activist and musician. He joined up with the traditional Irish band “An Scadan Rua” in 1991 and founded the acclaimed traditional band “Caladh Nua” with whom he travelled the globe performing until 2015.

Eoin has trained with Music & Health Ireland and currently works as a healthcare musician and mentor in their Musicians-On-Call, Tea Chats and Tunes projects and Music in Children’s Hospital programme partnership with the National Concert Hall. He also works as a mentor with the Healing Sounds team with Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT).

Lisa McGuinness

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Singer / Educator / Healthcare Musician

Lisa has been singing since before she could talk! A massive fan of Julie Andrew and musical theatre led her to study music and singing in the Royal Irish Academy of Music and in DIT Conservatory of Music. Lisa has been a music educator for the past 20 years. She has gained extensive experience in that time teaching singing, piano, music theory and establishing several choirs and music groups. As well as teaching Lisa has performed on stages throughout Ireland, performing some of her favourite songs in recitals. Her performances led her to cross paths with the wonderful and worthwhile work being done in healthcare settings by the musicians of Music and Health Ireland.

She enjoys her work with Music and Health Ireland as it matches her belief that music should be accessible to all people, the young and the old, the healthy and the infirm alike. On a day off, you’ll find Lisa either surrounded by flowers as she attempts to make another floral arrangement or travel books as she plans her next adventure abroad!