Belfast born Noel Eccles has been at the forefront of the Irish music business for over 40 years as a performer, producer, composer, teacher and manager.
He was appointed principal percussionist to the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra at the age of 18, the orchestra’s youngest ever section leader and a position he held for 17 years.
His innovative approach to music brought him extensive work with Irish and International composers and producers. The country's "first call" studio percussionist, Noel’s concert and recording credits feature U2,The Corrs, Rita Connolly, Mike Oldfield, Eleanor McEvoy, The Chieftains, Van Morrison, Anuna, David Foster, Elmer Bernstein, Elvis Costello, Liam O’Flynn, Secret Garden, Shaun Davey, Barry Manilow, Neil Martin, Dave Stewart, Brian Eno, Crowded House, Moya Brennan, Alyth McCormack, Imelda May and Glen Hansard.
He has contributed to numerous film scores and many Grammy nominated and Grammy awarded albums and his early studio work brought him to the attention of Moving Hearts, the ground breaking Celtic Rock band who defined the genre with their album ‘The Storm’. This led to much involvement with traditional musicians in Ireland and abroad which continues to this day. He was an original member and Musical Director of the Riverdance Orchestra and premiered the show in the major cities of the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. Noel recorded on the original Grammy winning album and featured on 3 of the Riverdance Videos/DVDsProduction and directorial credits include the opening ceremony of Ireland’s European Presidency, the closing concert of Cork European City of Culture, a Percussion Spectacular at the National Concert Hall, The Gathering “Notre Dame A Welcome Home” and Ceiliúradh in the Albert Hall, the concert celebrating President Michael D Higgins’ visit to the UK.
Since 2007 Noel has managed all Moving Hearts affairs and also manages and contracts the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra.
Noel is devoted to percussion performance and education in Ireland and lectures at The Conservatoire of Music and Drama at Technical University Dublin Grangegorman.