About

Le Foyer des Artistes is an orchestra of world-class musicians founded by conductor, Darren Hargan. 

In addition to presenting a unique Concert Series at St Columb’s Hall in Derry City, Northern Ireland, Le Foyer des Artistes is committed to providing opportunities for professional development and education because we are passionate about nurturing future generations of creative people and supporting emerging talented artists.

We are driven by the belief in genuine cultural engagement with people of all ages through art and music. Creative innovation enables us to make culture together and share extraordinary music with the entire community. As a registered charity, this vision is made possible through the generous support of our friends and sponsors. 

About Ley Foyer desArtistes

Darren Hargan

Founder|Artistic Director

Darren Hargan is the Founder and Artistic Director of Le Foyer des Artistes. A conductor and one of the most sought-after vocal  accompanists for singers in Europe. 

About Ley Foyer desArtistes

Tiffany Fragman

Executive Director

Tiffany Fragman is from Morgantown, West Virginia, USA and has over 30 years of multi-national experience in the telecommunications industry and the performing arts world.

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Selina Horshi

President

A graduate of Cambridge University, Selina’s career started at The Times Newspaper where she worked in international sales including 6 months in Dubai setting up the UAE edition commercial operation, as well as a stint in the US to advise on the set up of the New York edition.

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Brenda Morgan

Director

Brenda Morgan MBE has over 30 years’ experience of business development and commercial relationships in the aviation industry. As Head of Business Development at the City of Derry Airport she is responsible for partnerships, sales and marketing, and working closely with trade, corporate and industry stakeholders.

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John Harkin

Director

John Harkin is the Founder and CEO of Alchemy Technology Services. After decades of working globally as leader and change maker, John returned to his hometown of Derry in 2018 and launched Alchemy, a global centre of excellence for insurance software implementation.

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Steven Scullion

Treasurer

Steven is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and financial services, gained across both the public and private sectors.

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Pádraig Ó Duinnín

Senior Producer

Pádraig Ó Duinnín is one of Ireland’s most accomplished producers, with over 20 years of experience in the management and delivery of arts and cultural events. He has worked with some of the world’s leading artists and 

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John Gallagher

Lighting Designer

John is Managing Director of Lumière Productions Ltd and Director of Lumière Events Ltd. He graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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Davide Fersini

Associate Producer

Davide Fersini was born in Milan. After graduating in psychology with distinction from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in his hometown, he began his musical studies at the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado.

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Zhen Xu

Concerto Award Advisor

Zhen Xu is from Shanghai. In 2012, he received a full scholarship to study violin with Massimo Quarta and Rainer Schmidt in Switzerland. He graduated with a Master Diploma in performance and pedagogy from the 

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Kimberly de Braconier

Brand Designer

Kimberly de Braconier is a graphic designer and illustrator. She trained at the University of the Arts London Central St Martins and has worked all over the world in a variety of industries. 

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Florence von Schirmeister

Webmaster and Designer

Florence von Schirmeister is a freelance Project and Event Manager who helps organizations and startups of all sizes deliver complex projects and events against tight deadlines and budgets.