Gráinne Hope achieved her BA Music Degree at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama before
travelling to study cello with Ann Martindale Williams at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh in the
USA. In high demand by professional ensembles in Ireland, Gráinne regularly performs with the
RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Wexford Opera Festival Orchestra
and the Ulster Orchestra. Gráinne has performed with Camerata Ireland on International tours
to America, Finland, China and Russia. She has performed on radio and television with
renowned classical performers as Jose Carreras, Sarah Chang, Katherine Jenkins and numerous
popular artists including The Three Priests, Colm Wilkinson, Bill Bailey, Ronan Tynan, Sharon
Shannon and Liam O Flynn. In 2016 Sony Classical released the soundtrack to the Hollywood
movie ‘The Letters’ featuring Gráinne on solo cello.
Gráinne is founder and artistic director of ‘Music & Health Ireland’ which is a non-profit organisation that designs,
manages and delivers professional music projects and programmes in healthcare settings around Ireland. She has
experience in delivering music interventions into health settings and in 2012 she designed and delivered Ireland’s
first Paediatric Hospital music residency in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Gráinne qualified as a trainer of Musicians in Healthcare as one of a team of three Irish musicians chosen to be
part of a pioneering European programme with Music Network, Ireland, Musique et Santé, France, Turku
University, Finland and the Royal Northern College of Music, UK in Training Trainers for Music in Healthcare
Settings. Gráinne continues to work with Local Arts Authorities in providing Music in Healthcare training and
apprenticeships for professional musicians
As an education facilitator she works with the Education Community and Outreach programme of the National
Concert Hall. She is guest lecture on the MA Community Music programme at the Irish World Academy of Music &
Dance in Limerick and on the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s undergraduate module ‘The Working Life of a
Musician: Community and Healthcare Music.
Gráinne facilitates audition preparation workshops for the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. She also
conductors the Young Orchestral Pops Youth Orchestras in Dublin and teaches cello on the Whitefriar Street
Strings Project and Saturday Music Club.
Gráinne was awarded a 2018/2019 Wellcome Trust Award to participate in the Clore Leadership Fellowship
programme aimed at developing and strengthening leadership across the cultural and creative sectors in the UK
and Ireland and an Atlantic Fellowship at the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College Dublin in 2020/2021.