Bruce O’Neil

Originating Musical Director


RSC: Bruce is Head of Music for the RSC, and has worked on numerous productions from the Shakespeare repertoire as well as The Christmas Truce, Morte d’Arthur, Hecuba, Women Beware Women and the musicals Merry Wives and Matilda (original Stratford production/Cambridge Theatre, West End/UK cast album).

TRAINED: Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, National Opera Studio.

OTHER WORK INCLUDES: Orchestral piano and celeste with the CBSO; broadcasts onRadio 3 of the Poulenc Sextet for the ‘Ensemble’ programme, and live from the Royal Albert Hall performing Berlin cabaret songs with Mecklenburgh Opera at the Proms; also on Radio 2 with The Red Lemon Electric Blues Band, and performances with them at many festivals and venues including Cork International Jazz Festival and as support for the Chuck Berry UK tour.

AS COMPOSER: Sherlock Holmes in Trouble, Bats, Uncle Vanya (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

AS MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre); City of Angels, Assassins (Welsh College of Music & Drama); Sweeney Todd, Carmen, The Magic Flute (New Victoria, Newcastle under Lyme).