Classical & Musical Theatre

Cillian's formal singing training began at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tuition of David Lowe. Following this he then completed a Masters in Musical Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting. ​

Whilst studying classically Cillian enjoyed performing in a number of opera's including playing the role of Acis in Acis & Galatea, as well as performing in the chorus of two Bergen National Opera productions. It was during the early years of Cillian's singing training that he began to delve into the wide genre of choral singing. He has enjoyed singing everything from popular arrangements with the National Youth Choir at their Royal Festival Hall concert By Special Arrangement, to chamber and large-scale choral standards broadcasting live on a number of occasions on BBC Radio.

Whilst studying at the Guildford School of Acting, Cillian received tuition from a number of Musical Theatre specialists building on his previous singing abilities and widening his repertoire and style. 

Aside from his training, Cillian holds the folk music of his upbringing close to his heart. Folk and popular music also forms an important part in his repertoire of which he is continually hoping to expand with old favourites as well as his love for new writing.


Prospector & Vocal Captain in Dear WorldIvy Arts Centre, Guildford

Il Turco in Italia, Greighallen, Bergan National Opera

i Capuleti e i Montecchi, Greighallen, Bergan National Opera

Acis in Acis & Galatea, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester 

Bobby in Company, The University of Manchester

The Merry Widow, The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester 


Soloist in Pergolesi's Magnificat (Bolton Choral Society) 

Soloist in Handel’s Messiah (Cantor Manei, Tameside Choral Society & West Cumberland Choral Society); 

Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass (Cantor Manei);

Soloist in MacMillan’s Seven Last Words From The Cross (Huddersfield Choral Society & BBC Philharmonic);

Soloist in Haydn's Nelson Mass (Cantor Manei, Bolton Choral Union);

Soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Part 1 (Cantor Manei);

BBC Daily Service (Manchester Chamber Choir, Kantos Chamber Choir);

Gurrelieder (Bergen Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra);

By Special Arrangement (National Youth Choir)

Messiah Excerpts - Cillian Donaghy
The Salley Gardens (arr. Britten) - Cillian Donaghy & Anna Chiu
Foggy Foggy Dew (arr. Britten) - Cillian Donaghy & Anna Chiu

Photography: Mark Dean, Magnus Skrede

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