Fiachra Trench

Born: 1941, Dublin (Ireland)
Nationality: Irish

Fiachra Trench studied science at Trinity College in Dublin as well as composition and organ at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He pursued further musical studies in the United States at the Universities of Georgia and Cincinnati. Upon his return to Europe, he followed additional courses at the Guildhall School of Music in London. From 1969 until 1991, Trench worked in London as a composer, arranger, musical director, and record producer. Since returning to live in Ireland he has worked principally in the area of music for film and television. His scores include those for ‘Dear Sarah’, ‘A love divided’, and the BBC documentary series ‘People’s century’. He wrote or co-wrote many film soundtracks, including ‘Die hard’ and ‘Pearl Harbor’. Two of his orchestral works, ‘MM – Symphonic movement’ and ‘Overture for brass and percussion’, were performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland; moreover, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra played his ‘Summer suite’. As an arranger and musical director, Trench worked with important rock, pop, and folk performers, including Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, The Corrs, and The Chieftains. He is musical director and pianist with the Carmel McCreagh Band.

Fiachra Trench was invited by Breton folk artist Dan Ar Braz to orchestrate and conduct his composition ‘Diwanit bugale’, which was the French entry in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. This song, the only ever in the Eurovision Song Contest to be performed in the Breton language, was performed by Ar Braz and his group L’Héritage des Celtes, which included musicians from Great Britain. Unfortunately, the sophisticated folk entry did not find approval with European juries, finishing nineteenth.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Fiachra Trench will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1996: Diwanit bugale