He began his vocal training with Peter McBrien, at the Dublin College of Music and has also studied with Frank O’Brien and with the late Evelyn Dowling. Over the years he has won a number of competitions in Feis Ceoil, Ireland’s principal music festival for young performers. He was also the Thomas Moore Singer of the Year, in 1994.
He obtained his Diploma in Music, (Teaching and Performing), at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he studied singing with Philip O’Reilly. He now teaches singing privately and also at the Leinster School of Music.
Having taken part in Masterclasses with the late Dr. Bernadette Greevy, Gerry sang in several Concerts and one-act operas as part of the Anna Livia International Opera Festival. He also performed in the Exaltation of Larks concerts in The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
Among the roles he has played over the years, are: Alcindoro, La Bohème; The Marchèse, La Traviata; Count Gil, Susanna’s Secret; Dr. Pandolfo, La Serva Padrona; David, A Hand of Bridge; Ben, The Telephone; Smirnov, The Bear; Noye (Noah), Noye’s Fludde; Danilo, The Merry Widow; The Red Shadow, The Desert Song; Eisenstein, Die Fledermaus; Bummerlei, The Chocolate Soldier; The Pirate King, The Pirates of Penzance; Captain Corcoran, HMS Pinafore; Pish-Tush, The Mikado; Emile de Becque, South Pacific; Curly, Oklahoma; Captain Von Trapp, The Sound of Music; Cliff, Cabaret; Joe/Josephine/ Junior Shell Oil, Sugar, (Some Like It Hot); Albert, Bye, Bye, Birdie; and Sky Masterson, Guys & Dolls; Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof.
Oratorio work includes the Bass Solo in Messiah and the Baritone Solo in Fauré’s Requiem.
In April 2005 he sang the role of Achior in the first staged performance of John Gibson’s chamber opera, Judith and Holofernes, in St. Finbarre’s Cathedral, Cork.
He has appeared in the National Concert Hall, The Helix and the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, in Dublin.
He has collaborated with Dara Mac Mahon on several highly successful lunchtime concerts in the John Field Room at the National Concert Hall, ranging from The Good Old Days of Music Hall to The Golden Years of Song.
Along with his wife, Kathleen, Gerry is involved with Conor Doyle, the Theatre Royal Historian, in presenting Dublin’s Theatre Royal – Remembered, using a unique blend of vintage photographs and archive footage, together with songs associated with its golden era, to tell the history of this treasured theatre, which sadly was demolished in 1962, to make way for Hawkins House.
Gerry is also Choral Director of a number of choirs for older people and those living with dementia.
Since 2015, he has been Choral Director of The Big Sing, an event organised each year by Dún Laoighre-Rathdown County Council for Social Inclusion Week.
Recordings include The Cloths of Heaven (his Solo Album); The Good Old Days of Music Hall, (with Dara MacMahon) and An Evening with The Drawing Room Opera Company.