Degani Ensemble & Cara O’Sullivan

Degani Ensemble & Cara O’Sullivan

Ruby Ashley, oboe
Alan Smale, violin
David James, cello
John Lynch, viola
Cara O’Sullivan, soprano


The Degani Ensemble was first formed in the mid 1980s by a group of young musicians keen to explore a wide variety of chamber music for wind and strings. Based around oboe and string trio, the ensemble made the inaugural tour of Music Network in 1986, as well as numerous Dublin concerts and media broadcasts.

Re-forming in 2005, the core group consists of; Ruby Ashley, oboe, Alan Smale, violin, John Lynch, viola and David James, 'cello. Ruby, Alan and David are founder members. Ruby is the foremost oboe teacher in Ireland, has held positions in all the major Irish orchestras and ensembles, and is widely known as a soloist. Alan is Leader of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, John is co-principal viola of the same orchestra, and David is section principal 'cello of the RTE Concert Orchestra.

Cork-born Cara O'Sullivan has an impeccable operatic pedigree and has risen to prominence as one of Ireland's leading sopranos. She is an instinctive performer with a remarkably full voice, exciting and dramatic, yet always performs with great sensitivity. She has shown herself to be a fearless vocal artist, whether singing Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti or Puccini. In demand for opera, oratorio, and song recitals, she is kept busy year-round and across the globe.

Cara's concert career and operatic engagements have taken her all over the world. Spanning an impressive and wide-ranging repertoire, she has been referred to as 'The Irish Superstar of her generation' by the Irish Times.

Working together with Music Network, The Degani Ensemble with Cara O'Sullivan continues to appear to great acclaim at festivals and venues throughout the country.  Future plans include using a wider variety of instruments in concerts, performing music from the baroque era, and extending the relationship with Irish composers to see the completion of at least one major composition for soprano and chamber ensemble this year.


"Cara O'Sullivan dominated her scenes with a voice of steel and sparkle, and practically pulls you from your seat!"

The Cincinnati, Ohio Press

Sample Programmes


Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, KV 370
Vaughan Williams ‘Along The Field’ Songs for Voice and Violin
Gounod Aubade (arr. Fiachra Trench)
Gounod Sérénade (arr. Fiachra Trench)
Luigi Gatti Oboe Quartet in F Major
Ravel Deux Melodies Hebraiques
Ravel Kaddisch (arr. Fiachra Trench)
Ravel L'Énigme éternelle (arr. Fiachra Trench)
Ravel Chanson Italienne (arr. Fiachra Trench)
Ravel Chanson Espagnol (arr. Fiachra Trench)
Bellini Vaga Luna Che Inargenti (arr. Fiachra Trench)
Malcolm Arnold Oboe Quartet, op. 61


For further information on availability or artist fees, or to discuss a booking please contact the Performance Programmes Manager by emailing or telephone: 01 6719429.

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