Dominique Cunningham

Singer, teacher and multi-instrumentalist from Newry, Northern Ireland.

Dominique Cunningham (Image Michael McGlynn)

Dominique Cunningham (Image Michael McGlynn)

Although I began my musical journey with instrumental tuition, the earliest and fondest memories I have of music are the song filled car journeys with my mum on the way to nursery. My love of singing was deeply rooted and as a result, I was aware of Anúna for a long time before I joined the group. I wasn’t exactly sure why I was drawn to it, but I was sure that this style of singing made me feel something. I knew it was something very special.

Anúna welcomes musicians from a variety of backgrounds, this is partly what makes us unique. The group is made up of singers from the worlds of opera, rock, traditional, and early music. What we all share is a love for music and of course, a love for singing. What makes Anúna work is that the singers on stage have a unified musical intent.

Coming from a classical instrumental background, I initially found it difficult to comprehend that Anúna is not concerned with absolute perfection. The aim of Anúna is not to be precise, but to be real. When we perform on stage, we let the audience in and we share an experience together. The audience are a crucial part of the performance and for that reason, Anúna strives to break down the barriers often found in classical music concerts.

Like many people, I was singing before I could read or write. The Anúna Technique ties in with this idea of singing as something that is natural.