DAVID MUNRO - MUSICAL DIRECTOR

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DAVID MUNRO

A graduate of Glasgow University, David started his musical life as a concert pianist then turned his attentions to theatre, notably ballet and opera. He has worked as musical director, répétiteur and composer for many ballet and contemporary dance companies including The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Singapore Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Company, Jiri Kylian (NDT), Random Dance and L.C.T.D.

He was on the music staff of Scottish Opera where he was musical director of a wide range of works from Rossini through Puccini to Janacek and has composed numerous works for the stage and orchestra that have been produced and broadcast throughout the world. A prolific composer, his commissions “The Musical Story Book” for B.B.C. Radio 4 were nominated for a Sony Award in the UK as have been his many works for Scottish Opera. Amongst others, he has worked with Sinead O’Connor, Maire Breatnach (Clannad), Finbar Furey, Phil Coulter, The Dubliners, Brian Kennedy, Samantha Mumba and Hayley Westenra.

He has conducted, collaborated and performed with many orchestras including The Orchestra Of Scottish Opera, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), The Spokane Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. David was musical director with The Celtic Tenors for several years achieving several No. #1 albums with them as producer and musical director and more recently with The Canadian Tenors, collaborating on their recent No. #1 album.

David joined Celtic Thunder in 2011 as Musical Director and has toured with the show ever since. He has composed several original songs for Celtic Thunder and is responsible for all musical and vocal arrangements on the recent tours of Voyage, Mythology, Celtic Thunder Symphony, Very Best of Celtic Thunder and now Legacy. “One word sums up the prevailing mood behind every note in Celtic Thunder. That word is collaboration. The creativity that involved in making a Celtic Thunder show is immense. From the moment the first note is struck in rehearsal to the final gloss put on each track in the studio, I search for the best possible arrangement for each song. We have the finest singers, musicians and engineers on every project that we can find, and they have all contributed greatly to what you hear.”

“A creative endeavor like this has two distinct sides to it. Firstly the choice of material and secondly ensuring those final choices work. The Celtic Thunder tradition has always been to bring you the best possible versions of music that you know and love and so continuing that tradition is no easy matter.”

About a year ago we asked our fans what their favourite songs were from each album. Thus, this CD was born ---> bit.ly/2xcnrNW. Here is ‘For Our Fans’ - this album really is a fan favourite. Celtic Thunder is the first Irish Group to let you, the fans, pick all the tracks so they can guarantee that you will love it. ...

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Recorded at the age of 14 at the Helix in Dublin, Ireland for the 2008 Release of 'The Show' ---> bit.ly/2OKfP0c for Public Television, "A Bird Without Wings" fast became one of the most played tracks to date. Accompanied on stage by 'Big George', the steadfast Scotsman from Glasgow, this tells the story of the heartfelt bonds that one shares with one another. Be sure the 'share' with all your friends 🙂 ...

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Written by Lisa Gerrad and played in the Motion Picture Gladiator, "Now We are Free" is on the Celtic Thunder - 'Legacy Vol II' DVD ---> bit.ly/2POgQk7. The lyrics are written in no language known to man, but in Glossolalia or 'Tongues' or as Jazz vocalists when scat singing. Enjoy this mesmerizing track and be sure to 'share' to all your friends so they can enjoy. 🙂 ...

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3 days ago

Celtic Thunder Official

Celtic Thunder ” The Show ” & " Act Two " was Celtic Thunders very first release in 2008 and it introduced Celtic Thunder to the world stage and featured Damian McGinty, George Donaldson, Keith Harkin, Paul Byrom, Ryan Kelly and the Celtic Thunder Band accompanied by a full orchestra. We ship worldwide and our DVD's will play anywhere in the world. ...

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