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Niall began his musical studies at the City of Belfast School of Music at the age of nine. While at the C.B.S.M he was a member of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra and also played with a number of Brass Bands in the Northern Ireland area. In addition Niall was principal trumpet with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain performing in some of Europe's finest concert halls. In 1997 Niall was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music where his teachers included Ian Balmain, James Watson and John Wallace. During this time Niall was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and also the Verbier Festival Orchestra. As a free-lance trumpet player Niall performed with various orchestras including, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. In 2002 Niall performed Haydn's trumpet concerto on BBC television with the Ulster Orchestra as part of the BBC Last night of the Proms, Proms in the Park series. As well as being a member of Onyx brass, Niall has performed with a number of chamber ensembles including, London Brass, LSO Brass, London Winds and the Wallace Collection. Niall has been a member of the RPO since 2011.