My name is Ellen Campbell, I’m 22 years of age and live in the townland of Stewartstown, County Tyrone, where there is a rich community ethos that is very proud of their Irish heritage and the local GAA club Stewartstown Harps.
I graduated in July 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Queen’s University, Belfast and currently work as a Peripatetic Music Teacher and Performer, working alongside music companies such as ‘Live Music Now’ helping others with the power of music through performance. I have been fortunate within my musical career and embraced each opportunity that has been presented to me such as participating in masterclasses with Ingrid Surgenor and the Ulster Orchestra in the Grand Opera House, Belfast.
As well as my love for classical music, I also have a great affection for Irish Traditional Music and have recently taken up playing the banjo. I always admired my late father playing this beautiful instrument and wanted to keep the family tradition going. Being Irish is a wonderful treasure and I am so honoured that I will be representing my home of Ballygittle, the town of Stewartstown and all of County Tyrone at this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival. For me, this is a dream come true.