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I'm a musician and educator based in Ireland and the UK. On my new website you can book a lesson, listen to some recordings or just have a snoop around. Thanks for stopping by!

What I Offer

1 / Online Lessons (Via Zoom)

Aimed toward students seeking to join my private studio on clarinet or saxophone, from wherever you are in the world!

2 / Consultation Lessons (In Person)

For students seeking to join my teaching studio at my premises here in Manchester.

3 / Audition Coaching (Any Instrument)

Everyone hates auditions. Like playing your instrument, auditioning is a learned skill. I've gained invaluable tips and tricks from some of the world's top orchestral musicians and soloists about developing this skill, and for the serious student am offering one on one performance coaching for recitals, auditions and more.


"To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable"

Ludwig van Beethoven

Billiard Room Session - Triskelion
Billiard Room Sessions

Billiard Room Session - Triskelion

Triskelion - Recorded 13 April 2023 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Session 13 Triskelion is a new collaboration between Valerie Barr, Richard Scholfield and Cathal Killeen. As a trio they aim to present new and reimagined music to communities throughout Ireland and Scotland via innovative programming, new transcriptions and original compositions. Established following their studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the group formed as a response to the lack of creative opportunity presented during the pandemic. Drawing on the shared cultural history of Ireland and Scotland along with their own classical training, the trio present their home traditions of music and contrast this proud heritage with original arrangements of classical favourites and new music. They individually have enjoyed collaborations with many of the UK’s premier orchestras and ensembles, and seek to bring high quality music making to their somewhat unconventional yet incredibly versatile configuration. MUSICIANS Clarinet - Cathal Killeen Saxophone - Richard Scholfield Accordion - Valarie Barr SET LIST Malcolm Arnold - Scottish Dances Mov 1 & Mov 2 Astor Piazzolla - Escualo CREDITS Videographer: Campbell Parker, Isidor ten Hooven Sound Engineer: Campbell Parker Video Editing: Campbell Parker Producers: Campbell Parker, Paul MacAlindin Filmed & recorded live in the Pearce Institute (Billiard Room). Supported by The Area Partnership Fund for Govan Fb: Insta: @Billiardroomsessions Website:

Artist Bio

Cathal enjoys a varied career between Ireland and the UK. He has been offered trials for positions with the Ulster Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and has been invited to play as Guest Principal Clarinet of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Cathal’s playing can be heard on BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric FM, and he has featured at the Edinburgh International Festival, West Wicklow Festival in Ireland, Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and Madrid a Tempo in various guises including with chamber groups  Buccleuch Duo and Triskelion.

Cathal has a passion for commissioning works from underrepresented backgrounds, and has premiered works for bass clarinet by Ivette Herryman Rodriguez and Aidan Teplitzky. 
During the pandemic, Cathal travelled to Sweden and took lessons with Emil Jonason, former Concertgebouw principal clarinet Andreas Sundén and Martin Fröst. 
Cathal is a D’addario Artist, and performs on the Reserve Classic line of reeds. He is a recipient of the Dunbar Gerber award for chamber music and Jury Prize at the Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year. 


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