The search for meaning is really the search for the lost chord. When then lost chord is discovered by humankind, the discord in the world will be healed and the symphony of the universe will come into complete harmony with itself.

Music Education Projects

At The Trailblazery we are passionate about creating a platform for musical and choral performance. We have commissioned and worked with partners to produce a number of collaborative music projects and schools and choral groups including the choir of St Brigid’s National School in Killester, The Lismorahaun Singers, The Discovery Gospel Choir, St. Brigid’s National School in Cabinteely The Line-Up Choir and Tonnta Music Ensemble.


The Rites of Passage Music Project

The Rites of Passage Music Project came to life in spring 2013 when The Trailblazery began to collaborate with the award-winning choir from St. Brigid’s GNS in Killester. Choral director Eimear O’Grady visited St. Brigid’s to create a soundscaping workshop with the choir and was blown away by their talent. Nina Hynes subsequently came on board, inspired by the idea of performing with 100 children. Nina Hynes and the children’s choir performed at all three of the Rites of Passage events with our own music ensemble. In 2014 we invited Nina back from Berlin to perform with us as part of We Need to Talk about Ireland Music Project. This time we collaborated with St. Brigid’s National School in Cabinteely, Crash Ensemble and choral director James Cavanagh. All of our music projects were produced by Ciara Cavanagh for The Trailblazery.


Nina Hynes

Singer-Songwriter. Sonic Enchantress. Nina has been writing songs since she was eight years old. At an early age she toured with experimental composers Hector Zazou and Brian Eno collaborator Harold Budd. Nina continued touring across America and Europe supporting Roxy Music, Terry Callier, Smog, Stereolab, Cat Power, Julee Cruise, David Gray, Glen Hansard and Damien Rice. Jane Birkin covered one of Nina's songs on one of Hector Zazou's last albums, Strong Currents. With a diploma in sound engineering and music technology, Nina has released four albums: Creation (1999), Staros (2002), Really Really Do (2007) and Dancing Suns Goldmine (2012), along with various EPs. She lives in Berlin with a fellow Dancing Sun and their daughter. Nina loves Christmas songs and cooking. I have learned that I need to share my music. I need to feel that others can relate and dream to it like I do. 


Rites of Passage Ensemble

Piano: Catherine Fitzgerald

Drums: Brian Walsh

Guitar: Enda Bates and Shane Latimer

Bass: Colin J Morris

Trumpet: Donagh Molloy

Clarinet: Deirdre O’Leary

Percussion: Valerie Francis

Violin: Ena Brennan

Cello: Matthew Rafter


Crash Ensemble

Violin: Emily Thyne

Viola: Lisa Dowdall

Cello: Kate Ellis

Double Bass: MalachyRobinson

Flute: Susan Doyle

Clarinet: Deirdre O’Leary

Trombone: Karl Ronan

Percussion: Alex Petcu

Keyboard: Conor Linehan

Electric Guitar: John Godfrey