Fergus O’Carroll was born in Waterford into a musical family. In 1975 he finished his schooling at Saint Finian’s College in Mullingar and the following week was working as a French Horn player with the RTE Symphony Orchestra as 4th Horn. To this day he still works in that orchestra currently as acting Leader of the french horn section.
Fergus has embraced all aspects of the music business outside of the orchestra as a conductor, composer, arranger, typesetter and publisher but he retains a strong affinity with community music and has conducted many community choirs, bands and orchestras in pursuit of that passion. Currently he is Musical Director of the Dublin Concert Band as well as Mullingar Choral Society. He is also deeply involved in education and is Director of Bands and french horn teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin where he was Head of the Wind, Brass and Percussion faculty for two terms over a six year period.
His work with bands led him to host the 2007 Conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Killarney and he is currently a member of the council of that organisation. He holds a Masters degree from CIT Cork School of Music.
Fergus has a daughter living and working in London and a son who is following in his footsteps, currently studying for a Masters degree in french horn performance in the Royal Scottish Conservatoire. He lives in Dublin with his partner Antoinette.