Allin Gray, Director
Born and educated in Cork, Allin held a variety of positions in London, including three years with the Metropolitan Police, before returning to Cork in 1995 to study at the Cork School of Music, where he graduated with an honours BMus in 2000.
On completion of his undergraduate studies, Allin took a position as administrator of IAYO. He left to pursue further studies at CIT Cork School of Music in 2003, but stayed in contact with IAYO until his return as Director in 2007.
A guitar player by trade, Allin is a musical pluralist, having performed classical, jazz, rock, folk and techno / drum and bass. He spent several years as guitar player with the Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band and has performed widely throughout Cork and Ireland.
Allin was a founding director of Opera Works Ltd which ran Cork Children’s Chorus, a socially inclusive opera chorus for children in Cork city and County and also a founding director of ARTlifeCULTURE Ltd, which pursues international artistic and cultural opportunities for young people from Ireland.
In 2011, Allin received an MA in music editing at CIT Cork School of Music where he received a scholarship for editing works by Aloys Fleischmann.
Allin is Treasurer of the European Orchestra Federation (EOFed), Treasurer designate of the Cork Orchestral Society, Constituency Coordinator for the National Campaign for the Arts in Cork South Central and Secretary of the Steering Committee for the 10th European Orchestra Festival.
Bertie Buckley, Administrator
Bertie Buckley was born, raised and educated in Cork. (A North Mon boy). Following 5 years living and working in London he returned to Cork in the Early 90’s and found his niche in the ‘arts’ world of the City. Bertie worked for many years in the Cork Opera House both in the Box Office and as assistant to the Executive Director. (And to this day still gets stopped on the street and asked what’s on at the Opera House).
He was originally the Front Desk Administrator for Cork 2005: European Capital of Culture and then progressed to work as the Special Events Co-ordinator helping to create the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Bertie takes intermittant breaks to work on outside events and his favorite to date is the Red Bull X Fighters event held in Slane Castle. (Re-runs of which are still being shown on TV). Having said that, an eight month stint working with Weddings by Franc was not without it’s “moments”.
All-in-all he is happy to be back in Civic Trust House with IAYO Ltd., which is the former home of Cork 2005 and with a window view of the Cork Opera House across the river.
Life certainly seems to move in circles.
Sinéad Ryan, Marketing and Communications Officer
Born in Tipperary, Sinéad always had a keen interest in music, learning piano and traditional flute from a young age. She first moved to Cork in 2008 to study music in UCC, graduating in 2011 with an honours BAMus and with an honours BMus in 2012. During this time, Sinéad was auditor of the Capriccio Music Society which led her to work with the UCC Societies’ Office for one year as Event Manager and Project Manager of the inaugural UCC Societies’ Summer Camp in 2013.
Sinéad moved to London in 2013 where she studied at Goldsmiths University of London for her MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy, graduating with honours in 2014. Throughout her studies, Sinéad worked with the London International Festival of Theatre as assistant producer for their show Turfed, working with homeless youths.
Upon a return to Ireland in early 2014, Sinéad took up the position as Assistant Coordinator with Music Generation Laois, working with young people and professional musicians across County Laois and the Midlands. During her stint in Laois, Sinéad was also acting Coordinator of the Laois School of Music, an IAYO member, for a year.
Sinéad is delighted to be back working in Cork with the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras.
Tracy Harper, Marketing and Communications Assistant
Tracy Harper attended 14 schools all over the UK, and also in France, the USA, and Guyana, South America. (Her father was in the Royal Air Force)
She trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (3yr acting course), and subsequently worked in film, television, radio and theatre productions throughout the UK and Ireland, for companies that include, the BBC, RTE, ITV, The Abbey, The Royal Shakespeare Company & The National Theatre, UK, & The Hamburg National Theatre, Germany.
In 1999 she came to Cork with the Young Vic’s award winning production of ‘Arabian Nights’ & fell in love with the place & people so much so, that she moved to Ireland ten months later. She has lived & loved here ever since and has worked as a freelance actor & drama workshop facilitator, working with children & refugees.
For eight summers she worked as a sous chef on The Eco Bus Cafe, touring the length and breadth of Ireland, feeding folk at music festivals. In 2005 she became a Legal Executive, & still freelances for three Cork based solicitors, often going up to The Four Courts in Dublin for Human Rights cases.
Last year it was Tracy’s pleasure to work in Admin & PR for Cork Orchestral Society, & she jumped at the chance to work for IAYO, as she has always loved being involved with young people in the ‘arts’. She is the proud Godmother of Jack Ridley, one of the UK’s up and coming conductors, and she likes to think she set him on his path by giving him his first piano!
In her spare time, Tracy is lead singer in the band, ‘Professor & The Imp’.