director of Music

Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh is an established choral conductor of note.  He started singing with the Palestrina Choir in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral at the age of six and enrolled in DIT College of Music as a student of piano and music theory when he was 11. He graduated from NUI Maynooth in 2007 with an International BMus, and directed the Chamber Choir there for a further two years, an honour granted only to exceptional students of music.

Since taking over as Director of Music of Cantairí Avondale, Ruaidhrí has conducted the choir and full orchestra in Fauré’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and Mozart’s Requiem.

Ruaidhrí also directs Belvedere College Choir whose numbers have grown substantially since he took over in 2007. Under his direction, the choir has successfully competed in the Wesley Feis almost every year since it first entered in 2008 and has won competitions at the Feis Ceoil in 2011 and 2013. The Belvedere College and Mount Sackville Choir was crowned School Choir of the Year at the Feis Ceoil in 2013. 

Ruaidhrí has worked as a freelance musician for various theatrical productions at the Abbey and Gate Theatres and held choral workshops in schools and local communities. Ruaidhrí has established the Amici Singers, a small ensemble specialising in modern close harmony, and the Maynooth Early Music Ensemble, performing music from the 9th - 15th centuries.  He is also Director of Music for Third Day Chorale and Diva Voces.

Ruaidhrí sings with the renowned Barbershop Quartet, AutoTunes. They won the Barbershop Quartet Competition at Mayo International Choral Festival 2013 and, by popular demand, entertained the audience with a number of barbershop choruses during the Gala Concert on the closing night.