General Manager Keith Kelly

Keith Kelly

Keith is the General Manager of the Artane School of Music and his association with the school has lasted over 25 years. Keith joined the school in 1991 as a member of the Artane Band, where he played clarinet. During his time as a student in Artane, Keith performed with many of the schools bands and ensembles and had the privilege to lead the Artane Band as Drum Major. In 2004, Keith was appointed to the teaching faculty of the school and there taught clarinet and saxophone.

Keith joined the Defence Forces School of Music in 2004 and was posted to Band 2 Brigade, Athlone where he served as principal clarinetist for over 10 years. In addition to being an instrumentalist with the Defence Forces, Keith also played a key role in the administration of the Band. During his time with the Defence Forces he regularly featured as a soloist on both clarinet and saxophone.

Keith has been influential in founding and developing a number of bands and music schools in Ireland. In 2006 he was appointed as Musical Director of the Clara Town Band, an organisation which he helped to found. This band has become one of the finest examples of town bands in Ireland, having won major awards at the National Band Championships and South of Ireland Band Championships in recent years. 

In 2014, Keith was part of a team which founded the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra. He was appointed as Chairperson in 2015. This national organisation represents some of the finest musicians from around Ireland, many of whom are band directors, conductors and teachers themselves. Through his work with ISWO, Keith has worked with international composers and conductors such as Philip Sparke and Johan de Meij, and has had the privilege to bring the ensemble to the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) conference in the Netherlands in 2017, the first Irish band to do so.

Keith was appointed as General Manager in 2015 and now leads a team of staff and volunteers at the Artane School of Music. In his role here he has responsibility for the growth and strategic development of the school and of it’s bands, choirs and programmes.