Crash Ensemble is a CLG governed by a board of directors and has charitable status.
Charity Registration Number: 17789
Company Registration Number: 447187
The board of directors are committed to the highest standards of governance guiding Crash Ensemble in its professional conduct.
The organisation complies with regulatory requirements and operates within its governing document. It is also committed to compliance with the Charities Governance Code.
Board of directors
Appointed November 2022
Hailed for his ‘especially stylish’ playing (The Guardian), acclaimed American clarinetist Berginald Rash is an exciting international artist having performed at the Boyne Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, and having won the Dublin International Chamber Music Festival's (formerly Great Music in Irish Houses) 2015 Support Act Residency with the Mondrian Trio. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, he was awarded the Recital Artist Diploma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he was an 1848 Scholar and Teaching Fellow. A versatile and skilled pedagogue and clinician, he has served on the PRIZM Music Camp & International Chamber Music Festival faculty and has given masterclasses at Truman State University, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, and Millikin University. Mr. Rash has been heard with such orchestras as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan, the Virginia Symphony, and the London-based Chineke! Orchestra with whom he has performed on BBC 3’s In Tune with Sean Rafferty and made, among others, his BBC Proms, Lucerne Music Festival, Snape Maltings Proms, Gent Festival Van Vlaanderen, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls, Elbphilharmonie and the Concertgebouw debuts. Comfortable as both a chamber musician and soloist, Mr. Rash has collaborated with members of such orchestras as London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt hr-Sinfonieorchester, Atlanta Symphony and with the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet. He has been a featured concerto soloist at the National Concert Hall and Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. With harpist Fiona Gryson, Berginald performed as part of the online ‘Sundays @ Noon’ concert series at the Hugh Lane Gallery which was also featured on NearTV FM and at Kaleidoscope Night music series. Berginald is a Devon & Burgani Artist on the Fluency series and has been featured on the cover of the International Clarinet Association’s (ICA) September 2020 publication of The Clarinet with clarinetist Mariam Adam. From 2020-2022 he served as an inaugural member of the Chineke! Orchestra Players' Committee. He is currently a member of the ICA's Social Media committee with whom he and clarinetist Dr. Sarah Manasreh host the video blog series, "Clarinet & Community". Mr. Rash is a TEDx speaker, was featured on Classically Black Podcast's “Black Excellence” segment, has been featured on the European Association of Conservatoires’ (AEC) Strengthening Music in Society podcast series, and has been a reviewer for BBC Radio 3's Record Review, a presenter on BBC Radio 3's Inside Music, presented a three-part docu-series on BBC Radio 3 entitled "The American Clarinet", and a contributor on BBC Radio 4's How to Play. He has been featured on RTÉ lyric FM's Full Score with Liz Nolan and in 2022 served as the voice of RTÉ lyric FM's Black History Month. He has been awarded the Arts Council of Ireland’s 2020 Music Bursary as well as a 2021 Arts Council Agility Award. In 2022, Berginald joined Chamber Music Scotland's Board of Trustees and the faculty of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's YOLA Institute.
Appointed September 2020
A former Assisstant Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, David now enjoys a close relationship with both RTÉ orchestras in addition to regular appearances as guest conductor with the Ulster Orchestra. His career has seen him conduct throughout Europe, Africa, the United States, Canada and China. David Brophy’s work with specialist new music ensembles, among them Vox 21 and Crash Ensemble, has led to numerous first performances including the Irish premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for Eighteen Musicians, alongside recent world premieres of arrangements by Nico Muhly for traditional Irish singer, Iarla Ó Lionáird. Beyond the realm of strictly musical performances, David has regularly collaborated in concert with numerous actors, including Brendan Gleeson, Fiona Shaw, Stephen Rae, Patrick Bergin and Adrian Dunbar and has worked on films directed by Neil Jordan and Stephen Frears. Aside from his work as a musician, David has presented the RTÉ1 award-winning TV series Instrumental (Adare Productions and RTÉ), the IFTA award-winning High Hopes Choir (Tyrone Productions and RTÉ) and David Brophy’s Choir of Ages (Tyrone Productions and RTÉ). He is a board-member of Ireland’s Contemporary Music Centre.
Appointed September 2019
Deborah Crowley is from Barna, County Galway and graduated from University College Galway with a Law and Italian degree. Deborah qualified as a Solicitor in 1989 and has practised as a Solicitor in Dublin with Ferrys LLP Solicitors where she continues to practice as Joint Managing Partner. Deborah is a CEDR accredited mediator and serves on the Regulation of Practice Committee and Money–Laundering Reporting Committee of the Law Society Of Ireland. Deborah is an enthusiastic supporter of the Arts both nationally and Internationally with a focus on drama, visual arts and music.
Fiona Scott (Chair)
Appointed May 2021
As a founder member of award-winning Boys and Girls, Ireland’s largest independently owned creative agency and a former MD of McConnells Advertising, Fiona has over 30 years’ experience as a leading professional in the advertising communications industry.
She currently operates as a marketing and communications consultant. In addition to working with clients to help them develop strategic plans, she goes into companies to help them run their business more effectively and increase profitability by looking at their P&L, ways of working and employee skill sets.
Fiona was appointed to the Transition Board of Golf Ireland in December 2018 and, in addition to being a member of the finance committee, she chaired the Branding sub-committee. She was responsible for developing the Golf Ireland brand, all collateral material and the Golf Ireland website.
Fiona was on the board of Poetry Ireland for 3 years and sits on the funding and the corporate affairs sub committees of Focus Ireland.
Appointed March 2018
Jackie's business career started over three decades ago, having graduated from the Michael Smurfit Business School. Her career developed rapidly and then progressed to sales and Business Development Director in Gunne Residential where she worked for 19 years. She has a keen focus on problem solving, strategic planning ad implementing change. Jackie is an active supporter of the arts and is a member of the Dublin Theatre Festival, Wexford Opera Festival and proud to be a founding member of Irish National Opera. She is enthusiastic about volunteering her time and fundraising to support various arts organisations achieve their ambitions.
Appointed February 2020
Paddy is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience as a business leader in financial and service organisations in Ireland and overseas. He has a strong operational focus and an interest in technology and innovation in the workplace.