Somerton Music School
(Director: Majella Higgins)
(Birr, Co Offaly)

Somerton Music School
Emmet St
Co Offaly


October 2018

The film 'The Piano Lesson' has been re-named. It is now called 'Making the Grade' and it has had many showings in The Irish Film Institute in Dublin. It even came to Birr! Its next outing is at the conference of the Post-Primary Music Teachers' Association in Limerick on 19 October.

August 2018

Our latest publication is Tones 1, a textbook for the new Junior Cycle Music course. See for details.

February 2017

Congratulations to Anna Kinsella who won the Senior Confined piano competition in the Feis Maitiu, Cork, on 11 February 2017.

August 2016

The renowned film-maker Ken Wardrop (Mom and Me, His and Hers and Useless Dog) came to Birr in August to record footage for his latest film, The Piano Lesson. This documentary, funded by the Arts Council, centres on piano teachers and students and is due for release at the Jameson Dublin Film Festival in February 2017.

Ken is originally from Portarlington and has become well known for his documentary style films. He has won a number of prestigious awards, both national and international (IFTA, Sundance Film Festival, European Academy Awards) and has also received plaudits for his short form exploits, notably his Barnardos campaign. He is involved with two production companies - Antidote (for commercials) and Venom.

Ken choose two students (Sarah Jane Foley from Portumna and Anna Kinsella from Fivealley) who attend Somerton Music School. Sarah Jane attends Portumna Community College while Anna is a boarder in Coláiste Íde in Dingle. Both study piano and string (cello and violin) at Somerton. Ken interviewed the girls and took footage of them practising in their homes before filming lessons with Majella in Birr. Although it was a nerve-wracking experience, both the girls and their teacher agreed it was an unusual activity for the summer holidays and it was a lot of fun. They are looking forward to seeing themselves on the big screen in 2017.


'The Piano Lesson' (Ken Wardrop, 2017)  







At home in Portumna

At home in Fivealley


Eimear accompanies Enya on BBC, 2016

Somerton Orchestra visits Waterford IT

Wesley College Interschools Festival




EPTA in Dublin, 2016



Success in Sligo!




Success in piano exams!


Birr Concert

LC trip to London - Abbey Road, 2015






Midlands Feis Prizewinners






Gold medal for Senior Recital (RIAM)



Ferbane Feis

Christmas Concert 2011









Contact Majella

Telephone: 057-9125923

Text / WhatsApp: 086-8108813


Post: Somerton, Emmet Street, Birr, Co Offaly

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