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David Hayes

In addition to being a lecturer on several of the degree programmes at MTU CSM for the past 8 years, David Hayes is a professional freelance musician with now 45 years’ experience. Having originally studied Piano, Violin, Viola, Clarinet, Chamber Music, Orchestra, Choir, Theory and Harmony at the Royal Irish Academy of Music for over 18 years before plunging into a busy career that to date has included work as Musical Director, Music Supervisor, Orchestrator, Keyboard player and Producer in Theatre, Radio, Music Tech, TV and Studio.

He spent over 3 years with Riverdance – The Show as Musical Director and subsequently Production Director, with responsibility for the artistic well-being of all three touring productions worldwide. In addition, he produced the soundtrack for the multi-million selling DVD Riverdance – Live at Radio City Music Hall N.Y.

Recording credits include work with Irish luminaries such as Donal Lunny, Davy Spillane, Sinead O’Connor, Phil Coulter, Brian Kennedy, Declan Masterson, Van Morrison, Kate Bush, Sharon Shannon, Brendan Power, Liam O Connor, Noel Eccles, Tommy Fleming, Gavin James, Danny O’Reilly, Ryan Sheridan, Paul Walsh (Royseven) and Bressie.

He has also been engaged by international stars such as Josh Groban, Gary Barlow, Paul Potts and Frankie Valli for their Irish tours, in addition to production work for two ProdiJIG productions/tours (Footstorm and Revolution).

David is a multi-award-winning MD in Musical Theatre and has performed that role in every major theatre in the country. He has additionally scored orchestrations for nine original musical productions – the latest being Find Your Way Home which premiered at Symphony Hall, NYC, in July 2017.

He has worked in Cork for over 20 years including so many productions at Cork Opera House, providing orchestrations for the National Titanic Centenary Celebrations at Cobh and also with GoldenBoy Productions Ltd and their fabulous production of Singin’ in The Rain here at The Everyman.

2021 provided rather unprecedented platforms for David including being MD for both West Side Story in Concert at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin and the critically acclaimed Angela’s Ashes – Musical live broadcast from Olympia Theatre, Dublin to the Irish Repertory Theatre Company, NYC and ….. a life’s work coming to fruition with him conducting the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in A Night attThe Musicals at the NCH on 25 November 2021.

Finally, David was beyond delighted to be part of Ireland’s inaugural Sondheim Festival in Kilkenny in July 2022 and to perform the closing concert with stage legend Ms. Liz Callaway!