Noel Eccles

staff photoNoel was principal percussionist with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra for 18 years and is principal percussionist with Irish Film Orchestras. He has performed on over 100 film scores and his album and live concert credits include U2, The Corrs, Mike Oldfield, The Chieftains, Phil Lynott, Van Morrison, Secret Garden, Anuna, Moya Brennan, Lima O’Flynn,Rita Connolly, Donal Lunny, Alyth McCormack, Elmer Bernstein, Elvis Costello and Shaun Davey.

Noel was also a member of the ground-breaking band Moving Hearts. An original member and Musical Director of the Riverdance orchestra, he premiered the show in major cities in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia and is percussion soloist on 3 of the Riverdance videos. He collaborated with composer Shaun Davey on the original music for the Special Olympics World Summer Games Opening Ceremony in Dublin in 2003 and performed The Arrival of the Olympic Flag with a world percussion ensemble of 150 players. Noel lectures in Percussion at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and continues to work with many Irish and International artists.