Biography (Courtesy of the Artistís site, 2005).
The first of Shaun Davey's concert works, 'The Brendan Voyage', made its debut in 1980. Since that time, Shaun Davey has been recognised as one of Ireland's leading composers of music that combines popular appeal with genuine cultural significance. In a parallel career, he is in demand both at home and abroad to produce scores for theatre, film and television.
Whether written for the concert hall, the screen or stage, Shaun's music has the power to move audiences deeply. Its emotional impact is accompanied by a dramatic visual quality, strong melody and a sometimes surprising fusion of differing musical styles and traditions.
Born in Belfast and living in Dublin, it is perhaps part of Shaun's persona to cross boundaries. He has chosen, in his concert works, to explore the turning points in Irish History, celebrating that which unites rather than divides the Celtic people. Large numbers of the music loving public are prepared to take this journey with him. Standing ovations at sell-out concerts are a commonplace reaction to The Brendan Voyage, The Pilgrim, Granuaile, 'Concerto for Uilleann Pipes and Orchestra', The Relief of Derry Symphony, the 'Concerto for Two Harps ' and Gulliver, A Choral Symphony .
Shaun Davey's works have been performed at the Sydney Opera House; with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London; the Albert Hall, London; The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall; with the Munich Rundfunk Orchestra at the Munich Gasteig; with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra at the Quebec Tercentenary Festival; at the New York Arts Festival; with the Ulster Orchestra at the Queen's Festival in Belfast; with the Scottish chamber Orchestra at the Edinburgh Folk festival; at music festivals in Lorient and Rennes in Brittany, St Chartier and Romans in France and at Expo '92 in Seville Spain.
Performances by Ireland's National Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra have filled concert halls all around Ireland. At Dublin's National Concert Hall, programmes of Shaun's work have on occasion, played for three consecutive nights.
In theatre, Shaun Davey has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Royal National Theatre, The Abbey Theatre and the Gate Theatre. Credits include: 'Fair Maid Of The West', 'A Winter's Tale', King Lear', 'Troilus And Cressida', 'The Tempest', 'The Silver Tassie', 'Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme', 'The Well Of The Saints', 'Prayers Of Sherkin', 'The Steward Of Christendom'. More recent theatre scores include: 'The Lion,The Witch And The Wardrobe' (RST); James Joyce's 'The Dead' (Belasco Theatre, Broadway).
Since 1995 Shaun Davey has worked increasingly in television and film, where his credits include, 'Catchpenny Twist' (BBC), 'Pentecost' (BBC), 'The Hanging Gale' (BBC), 'Ballykissangel' (BBC 1995-97), 'Loving' (BBC), Trevor Nunn's 'Twelfth Night' (Renaissance/Fineline), 'Waking Ned Devine' (Tomboy/Fox Searchlight), 'David Copperfield' (Hallmark), John Boorman's 'The Tailor of Panama' and Stefan Shwartz's 'The Abduction Club'. Shaun's most recent film scores include 'David Copperfield' (Hallmark) and film documentary scores, Tim Severin's 'The Spice Islands Voyage' and 'In Search Of Moby Dick'.
As a record producer for other artists he has worked with Sonny Condell (1976); Midnight Well (1977); Liam O'Flynn (1992 and 1995), Stockton's Wing (1995) and Rita Connolly (1991 and 1994).
Shaun Davey has received a People of the Year Award for his contribution to Irish culture, an Ivor Novello Award for his score for 'The Hanging Gale', an Ivor nomination for his music for 'Twelfth Night',two Bafta nominations ('The Hanging Gale' and 'Ballykissangel') and, recently, a Tric Award for best UK TV theme ('Ballykissangel').