Desmond O'Connor



Demonising, hypnotising, mesmerising; Desmond O’Connor is an internationally renowned and award winning composer, lyricist and performer with over twenty years' experience in cabaret, comedy and musical theatre. His bittersweet lyrics and insanely catchy melodies never fail to shock, charm and entertain.

He was a member of the Cambridge Footlights at the same time as Sacha Baron Cohen, Mitchell and Webb, Richard Ayoade and Matthew Holness. After a year away from Cambridge, he became musical director of the Footlights at the invitation of David Mitchell.

He has been a presenter for MTV UK at Bestival and The Big Chill. In 2009 he was composer, lyricist and musical director of Scott Mills The Musical for BBC Radio 1, working alongside co-writer Emlyn Dodd and director Patrick Wilde. Patrick Wilde directed the musical Failed States, written by Desmond O'Connor and Andrew Taylor, which won Best Book and Best Lyrics in the MTM UK musical theatre awards in Edinburgh in 2006.