director of Music

John Doyle is one of Ireland's most exciting and innovative conductors.


A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, John splits his time equally between choral and orchestral conducting. He has been Artistic Director of Co-Orch Dublin since 2011. His work with Co-Orch focuses on 20th century and contemporary repertoire. He has commissioned new works for the orchestra by award winning young composers such as Sam Perkin, Bryan Pepper, Ena Brennan, Elis Czerniak, Luke Duffy, Amy Rooney and Tom Lane as well as giving the Irish premieres of works by composers such as Max Richter. John also appears regularly with groups such as the Dublin Symphony Orchestra, Dublin Baroque Players (City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra) and the Orchestra of St. Luke. Recent collaborations with nationally and internationally acclaimed soloists include Patrick Rafter (Prokofiev Violin Concerto no. 1), Alexander Bernstein (Gershwin Piano Concerto), Ailbhe McDonagh (Elgar and Shostakovich Cello Concertos), Roisin Walters (Bach A minor and Sibelius Violin Concertos) and Colm O’ Braoin (Richter’s Four Seasons recomposed.) Notable recent projects include conducting ‘A Midsummer Rights Theme’ on June 21 2017, International Music Day, in CHQ. This groundbreaking performance was a re-imagining of Beethoven 9 which saw this seminal piece performed alongside four world premieres representing Ireland’s most exciting young composers’ responses to Beethoven’s epic Choral Symphony.


John is Music Director of Mount Anville Choral Society, an 80 strong SATB choir based in South Dublin founded in 2015 which explores a wide range of repertoire ranging from renaissance polyphony, through the core central Germanic and French repertoire, to contemporary arrangements of jazz standards and music from films and musicals. He also conducts the multi award winning Dublin Concert Band. Recent DCB Projects have included HARP, A River Cantata, as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival in collaboration with Ulysses Opera Theater and a residency at the prestigious La Croix Valmer festival in the South of France.


John was named as Music Director designate of Dun Laoghaire Choral Society in September 2017, a role which he will assume from early November.


He is immensely proud to have been chosen as the fourth Music Director of Caintairi Avondale with effect from October 2017, and is looking forward to furthering the rich tradition of choral singing on which the choir is built.