Ann Speed and her husband and daughter have recently moved from Northern Ireland to live in New Zealand. For the past 27 years, she has been employed as an Upper Strings Tutor by the Music Service of the Southern Education and Library Board in Northern Ireland.
This role also included assistant conductor of the South Ulster Youth Orchestra and more recently musical director of the South Ulster String Orchestra.
Alongside her teaching career, she has remained an active performer in semiprofessional orchestras and ensembles throughout Ireland. Her most recent appointments have been with the Fr McNally String Chamber Orchestra and violin ensemble “Vivaci.” She studied violin primarily with Fionnuala Hunt and Fr Brendan Mc Nally as well as Kevin Mallon on Baroque violin.