Kevin MurphyKevin, a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a Clore Fellow, joined Voluntary Arts Ireland in 2010.

Kevin began his career as a professional musician. He co-founded ground breaking groups such as Orbestra and the Portable Museum of Exotic Instruments and was lucky to perform with many leading musicians and in festivals and venues all over the world. Particular personal highlights include the Istanbul Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s South Bank Centre and the Schleswig Holstein Festival in Germany.

On returning to Northern Ireland in 1998 he took up a role managing Music 55-7, an innovative organisation co-ordinating classical and contemporary music in Derry-Londonderry. The annual programme included festivals, concerts, BBC Radio 3 recitals and educational workshops. Opportunities for amateur participation was a strong thread running through the company’s work.

“I still remember the excitement of the first Festival Chorus we established as part of the City of Song Festival. It drew members from across the community, young and old and many first timers! They got to perform on stage with Eddi Reader and her band….thrilling!”

Kevin still performs himself on occasion and is a keen songwriter. He is also a voluntary director of Wall2Wall Music. He brings creativity and a sense of fun to his role.