Ciara grew up in Maidstone, within a musical family, and gained a County Scholarship to study the flute (with Nancy Stevens) and piano (with Andrew Haigh). While a pupil at the Maidstone Grammar School for Girls she toured Brazil and Argentina with the Kent County Youth Orchestra; she was a member of the Kent Youth Choir and was then selected to join the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, touring the US, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.
She then went to Manchester to train as a concert-pianist at the Royal Northern College of Music (with Helen Krizos). After getting her Bachelors Degree in Music, she went on to gain both a Masters Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance. Performing solo recitals and chamber music around the north west UK, she also taught the piano, flute and singing in Manchester.
In 2007 she taught herself the Celtic harp, Celtic lyre, Irish tin-whistle and Irish flute: four months later she recorded her first album of Irish folk ballads in MA studios. This first album was titled O Mo Chroi (meaning 'Of My Heart', from an old Irish saying) and she sang and played all 8 instruments involved. It has continued to gain positive reviews and radio play, and sells consistently online via all the major distributors since its 2008 release. Following this success, Ciara brought talented Celtic musicians on board for her second album Beyond The Waves in 2010. Alongside Celtic ballads, reels and jigs, this album brings to life some of Ireland's literary wealth, with poems by Kavanagh and Wilde, in song.
As well as producing her two albums, Ciara is the conductor of the Vigo Singers and works as a conductor, voice coach and pianist with all the Kent Youth Choirs. Along with this she teaches singing at the renowned Benenden School in Kent and conducts the new Maidstone Youth Music Society Choir, MYMS Voices. She has also recently worked with Gareth Malone on the BBC2 series, Sing While You Work, conducting the winning P&O Ferries choir.