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Pope Francis


Margaret Keys, a graduate of St Mary’s University College, has been invited to perform for Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States of America. Margaret will perform alongside other selected artists including Andrea Bocelli at the World Festival of Families being held in Philadelphia on 26 and 27 September. The estimated audience will be between 800,000 and 1.2 million people.


Margaret Keys, graduate of St Mary's University College



Having obtained a first class honours degree in Education with Music at St Mary’s, Margaret was awarded a scholarship to train for a master’s degree at the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.


"My time at St Mary's University College was an enjoyable one. It gave me the opportunity to both explore and develop my music skills and passion for educating children within a warm, friendly and spiritual environment. I made lifelong friendships, grew in confidence both professionally and personally and it provided me with the foundation to pursue a career in music, whilst always wanting to stay connected to education. I am a very proud ambassador of HRH'S Prince of Wales foundation for Music and Arts and so continue to call upon the skills and knowledge I acquired at St Mary's University College."


Initially employed as a primary school teacher in Derry, she is now singing full time. You can learn more about Margaret by visiting her website