David Brophy, Music Director
David Brophy was born in Dublin and is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin. Following further studies in Ireland, England and Holland, he was appointed Apprentice Conductor with Chamber Choir Ireland and subsequently became the first appointee as Assistant Conductor with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. A former Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, David now enjoys a close relationship with both RTÉ orchestras in addition to regular appearances as guest conductor with the Ulster Orchestra. His career has seen him conduct throughout Europe, Africa, the United States, Canada and China.
David has collaborated with many internationally acclaimed soloists, among them, Tasmin Little, Barry Douglas, Willard White, Lesley Garret, Sir James Galway, Lang Lang, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Kim Criswell and Chloë Hanslip. He has conducted in the US with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic, in Spain with Orquesta Nacional Clásica de Andorra and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and at home with all major Irish orchestras. Appearances overseas have included performances at New Yorks Lincoln Centre with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and at Londons Barbican Centre as part of their Silent Film & Live Music series alongside his 2014 debut with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia in the Fabulous Beast Stravinsky double-bill (The Rite of Spring and Petrushka) at Sadlers Wells. Most recent foreign engagements have seen him début with some of America's finest orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
His work with specialist new music ensembles, among them Vox 21 and Crash Ensemble, has led to numerous premieres including the Irish premiere of Steve Reichs Music for Eighteen Musicians and Andre Previns A Streetcar Named Desire, alongside recent world premieres of arrangements by Nico Muhly for Iarla Ó Lionáird. Davids operatic work has led to acclaimed partnerships with Lyric Opera Productions, Opera Theatre Company, Opera Ireland, Glasthule Opera and NI Opera, while he recently made his debut with Ballet Ireland for their production of The Nutcracker.
David has worked closely with numerous singer/songwriters, among them Eleanor McEvoy, Paul Brady, Brian Kennedy and Declan ORourke, composers including Shaun Davey, Neil Martin, Bill Whelan, Arvo Pärt, David Fennessy and Donnacha Dennehy, traditional musicians including Altan, Liam OFlynn, Sharon Corr, Máirtín OConnor, Lúnasa, The Chieftains, Clannad, Rita Connolly, Carlos Núñez, Sharon Shannon and Martin Hayes. His broad musical tastes have also seen collaborations with U2, Sinéad OConnor, Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Duke Special, Celtic Thunder, Imelda May, Jack L, Phil Coulter, The Coronas, Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy), Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction) and Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet). He has appeared at all major festivals in Ireland, most notably with the RTÉCO at the Electric Picnic, and has conducted at the Proms in the Park as part of the BBCs Last Night of the Proms.
He has broadcast on RTÉ, BBC, CBC (Canada), Sky Arts 2 and across the EBU and has recorded for Silva Screen, LyricFM, Tara Records, V2 Records, New World Records and Compass Records recording labels. His television appearances include the National Concert Halls 25th anniversary gala concert, The Symphony Sessions (RTÉ) and Proms in the Park (BBC) with the Ulster Orchestra. Film credits include Shaun Daveys scores for The Abduction Club and Ella Enchanted while his recent recording of Victor Herberts operetta Eileen for New World Records, conducting the Orchestra of Ireland in collaboration with triple Grammy award-winning producer Judith Shermann, has been released to wide critical acclaim.
With Rough Magic Theatre Company, he won the 2013 Sky Arts Ignition Award, pitching with director Lynne Parker to present Kurt Weills Mahagonny at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, presented as a co-production with Opera Theatre Company.
Aside from his work as a musician, David presented the RTE1 award-winning TV series Instrumental and most recently fronted the IFTA award-winning High Hopes Choir for Tyrone Productions and RTE1 TV. He has most recently been appointed to the board of Ireland's Contemporary Music Centre.
David has been Music Director of DLCS since 2009.
Julie Shanley, Assistant Music Director 2016/2017
Julie Shanley is a professional musician working in Dublin. She sings regularly in Christ Church Cathedral and teaches, lectures and leads an adult choir in Newpark Music Centre. Julie graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Music in 2008.
More recently Julie completed an intensive year of training in the Kodaly Institute of Music Pedagogy in Hungary. There she studied choral conducting, singing, piano, clarinet and chamber music. Her love of choral music began when she joined St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir School aged seven. From that point onwards she has been involved with diverse projects such as performing at Electric Picnic with Elbow, touring with the Irish Youth Chamber Choir and singing and dancing with the contemporary music ensemble, Tonnta.
Julie was appointed Assistant Music Director of DLCS in September 2016.
Fergal Caulfield, Accompanist
Fergal Caulfield obtained his academic credentials from Trinity Collge Dublin, graduating with BA and PhD degrees in music. His doctoral thesis explored compositional procedures in Stravinsky's late serial music based on examiniation of archival material now housed at the Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel, Switzerland. As a performer, Fergals studied piano with Peter Dains at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and the organ privately with Professor Gerard Gillen at the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, and holds peformance and teaching diplomas in both instruments. He additionally attended various scholarship masterclasses in the UK and Belgium.
As well as many performances abroad he has given solo organ recitals at most of the major venues in Ireland including the National Concert Hall, the Wexford and Galway Arts Festivals, St Michael's Church, Dun Laoghaire, the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, and Trinity College Chapel. He has additionally appeared as soloist in concert performances with a number of ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra (with which he has performed the organ symphonies of Camille Saint-Saëns, Marcel Dupré and Aaron Copland) and is a former prize-winner at the Dublin International Organ Festival. He is also widely in demand as a vocal and instrumental accompanist.
As a chamber musician, Fergal plays particularly as a member of the Clarion Trio (consisting of piano, violin and clarinet). He works regularly as a keyboard player with the RTE National Symphony and RTE Concert Orchestras and is repetiteur for the RTE Philharmonic Choir, in addition to his long-standing association with Dún Laoghaire Choral Society.
Angela O Broin