Mark Armstrong, Musician
Mark Armstrong is currently Director of the Defence Forces School of Music with responsibility for the three military bands of the Irish Defence Forces. Over a thirty year career as a professional musician he has been active as a conductor of orchestras, bands and choirs, as an arranger/orchestrator and as a record producer. It was in St. Columbas College that his love of choral music developed as a member of chapel choir and the madrigal group. This close association with choirs continued with positions as conductor of College Singers and Musica Sacra while in Trinity College Dublin following on to Dún Laoghaire Choral Society and to his current position as music director of Tallaght Choral Society. Guest conducting engagements have included work with RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, RTE Philharmonic Choir, RTE Cór na nÓg and the National Chamber Choir. As an arranger and orchestrator Mark has worked on many film and TV scores and Irish productions such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. He has adjudicated at festivals and competitions throughout the country and has recently been appointed a board member of the Association of Irish Choirs. Mark remembers with great fondness his time in St. Columbas and in particular the inspirational teaching of David Milne whose love of all things musical encouraged and gave great confidence to those of his pupils who were later to embark on a career in music, a precarious business at the best of times!