Carmel has been singing from a young age and first fostered a love of choral music as a member of RTÉ’s Cór na nÓg under conductor Blánaid Murphy, performing at events such as The Russian State Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” in The Point; RTÉ’s Christmas TV Special with Westlife; and the National Concert Hall’s “Music For Fun” series, as well as various international performances.
In 2011 Carmel established Ossia Youth Choir in Clontarf, Dublin. Since its foundation, the choir, which is made up of young singers aged 11-18, has had many exciting performance opportunities including an appearance on TV3’s “Ireland AM” in 2015 and a performance with Mary Black in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 2013. In July 2014, the choir assisted Music Matters with the recording of their first album, providing backing vocals for several tracks as well as two solo tracks for the album. In October 2016, the choir travelled Sitges, Spain to perform at Creative Connexions – a festival showcase of Irish and Catalan culture. Most recently, the choir performed on RTÉ’s Sunday Service as part of Tearfund Ireland’s 10th anniversary celebration and featured in RTÉ Jr’s Christmas Special “The Greatest Show.”
In addition to her work with Ossia, Carmel has worked and continues to work with various primary and secondary school choirs, including Moate Community School, the 2014 winners of The All Island Choir Competition, as well as various workplace and community choirs, including Ború, Curtlestown Parish Choir; The Department of Foreign Affairs Choir, Dóchas Women’s Choir, Endo Workplace Choir; The Forget Me Nots; Gardiner Street Gospel Choir; The National Gallery of Ireland Choir, The National Treasury Management Workplace Choir; Navan Gospel Choir; North Dublin Gospel Choir; Rejoice Gospel Choir, St. Pius X Children’s Parish Choir and West Dublin Campus Prison Choir.
Carmel is also the musical director of The High Hopes Choir – a musical initiative established by conductor David Brophy for individuals affected by homelessness. In 2015, she featured alongside the choir in the documentary “Higher Hopes” which served as a follow up to the IFTA-winning 2014 documentary, “The High Hopes Choir”. The documentary followed the choir’s exploits throughout the year which included performances at Electric Picnic and Áras an Uachtarán as well as the recording of a two track EP with Christy Moore. In March 2017, The High Hopes, conducted by Carmel, performed in The European Parliament in Brussels at the “Be Fair Europe” convention on homelessness. Other musical collaborations with the choir include The Script, Imelda May, Glen Hansard, Kodaline, Mundy, Sharon Murphy, Paul Noonan, Glen Baker, Mary Black & Colm Mac Con Iomare.
In 2016, Carmel undertook a choral internship with Greg Beardsell, artistic director of the Irish Youth Choir, in association with Music Generation Offaly Westmeath and the Association of Irish Choirs. During this internship, Carmel worked with an SATB choir for ages 13-18 over a six month period, preparing the singers for their culminating performance which featured a varied repertoire including works by Vivaldi, Morten Lauridsen and Sue Furlong, as well as pop and gospel numbers.
In the same year, Carmel also worked as a choral assistant to Róisín Savage on RTÉ’s “Centenary” which broadcast live from the Bord Gáis Theatre on Easter Monday 2016 where the 300 strong choir performed alongside celebrated Irish artists Celine Byrne and Colm Wilkinson.