David Wray (Pianist & Musical Director)

David Wray trained at Lancaster University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London . He has since worked as a pianist and musical director and arranger in the fields of Opera and Music Theatre.

He was assistant to the director of The English Bach Festival, London, for three years with whom he appeared in many productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and throughout Europe. David has also worked as repetiteur for Wexford Festival Opera and DGOS/Opera Ireland. David has been Musical Director for numerous productions in Ireland and beyond. In 1998 David formed a new company Music Theatre Ireland. Their productions have included Kander and Ebbs The World Goes Round , Red Hot & Cole, The Glorious MGM Musicals, The Great American Songwriters Series (NCH, Dublin), Noel and Gertie (Opera Fringe Northern Ireland), A New York Songbook (Irish National Tour), Simply Sondheim (BBC N.I. recording/Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin) and Irish Premieres of Songs for a New World (Pavilion Theatre, Dublin), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Kings Head, London, Edinburgh Fringe, Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin) ‘The Last Five Years’(Pavilion Theatre, Dublin), ‘Listen To My Heart:The Songs of David Friedman’ (Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin)

David is currently Artistic & Musical Director for Opera in the Open, Dublin (now in it’s 14th season), The Three Irish Tenors, The Irish Sopranos and Druid - a new male vocal ensemble. With these has toured the USA and in Europe and Far East. David was delighted to be asked to orchestrate and arrange Bryan Flynn’s ‘Michael Collins’ for Cork Opera House’s acclaimed 2009 production seen both in Cork Opera House and the Olympia Theatre, Dublin. David has arranged and produced many CDs including a 10th anniversary CD for Opera in The Open which has been critically acclaimed. His arrangements and a composition appear on the new Druid album ‘Come Follow Me’.He has arranged and orchestrated a debut album for Simon Morgan – ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ which was recorded with the Filmharmonic Orchestra, Prague and just on digital release. Recent recording projects include CDs for Derby Browne (Pigalle), forthcoming CDs for Maria Fitzgerald (Little trip To Heaven) and soprano, Sandra Oman.

Last Autumn David was Musical Director for ESB Madsoc in their production of Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ at the Helix, Dublin and was Musical Director for a special production of Marschner’s  ‘Der Vampyr’ for Opera In The Open at the Bram Stoker Festival. He has just finished a run as Musical Director of Sondheim’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ for Kilkenny Musical Society

David is currently head of music for The Irish College of Musical Theatre.

 

 

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