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Austin McManus – Viola/Violin

Austin’s family is from Blacklion in West Cavan, but he grew up in Manchester where he was a straight-As student. He went on to study Music at Cambridge University where he was a Choral Scholar and Instrumental Exhibition Award holder. He now resides in Leitrim where he is Director of Music in St Clare’s Church, Manorhamilton. He also conducts Sligo Orpheus Choir and Sligo Chamber Orchestra for whom he arranges most of the music. As a violinist and a viola player he is also a member of several string quartets. In Sligo Academy of Music he teaches viola and violin as well as assisting with the orchestras and providing orchestral arrangements of pieces old and new.