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Rea Sheils

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Music has always been an integral part of Rea’s life. As a student, she was always heavily involved with the music in her school, church and local community. She competed and won prizes at various music festivals over the years and gained valuable experience in both conducting and accompanying. Although also a clarinettist and flautist, her first love was always the piano in which she gained a Performance Diploma from the London College of Music, having previously received an Exhibition Award from Trinity College of Music, London, for her Grade 7 piano when she achieved one of the top 5 marks in the U.K. 

After qualifying as a teacher, she found the perfect job in 1994 when she became full-time music teacher in Mossley P.S., a school highly renowned for its music programme, where she taught classroom music and trained a wide variety of music groups, including the Senior Choir which won the U.T.V. School Choir of the Year Competition in both 2000 and 2005. To win this prestigious competition twice has only been achieved by one other primary school in Northern Ireland.

After 16 years in Mossley, Rea decided to leave and become a self-employed musician. As well as teaching piano, being an organist, performing and accompanying, Rea does freelance work for the City of Belfast School of Music where she annually accompanies over 200 exam candidates of all instruments and grades. Her work also takes her into schools to give professional support, accompany choirs and soloists, prepare candidates for music exams as well as supply and direct the music for school productions, recent shows being ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Mary Poppins’. As someone who is happiest when accompanying, Rea was delighted to become an Office Bearer on the Executive Committee of the Ballymena Music Festival where, as their Accompanist Secretary, she co-ordinates all the music accompaniments for the Vocal and Instrumental sections as well as being one of the Official Accompanists for the Festival every year.

Leah Greer

ACCOMPANIST