Noel was principal percussionist with Ireland's National Symphony Orchestra for 18 years and principal percussionist with Irish Film Orchestras for 14 years. His innovative and original approach to percussion can be heard on numerous film scores and his album credits include U2, The Corrs, Mike Oldfield, The Chieftains, Van Morrison, Secret Garden, Anuna, Liam Flynn, Donal Lunny, David Foster, Elmer Bernstein, Elvis Costello and Shaun Davey. Noel was a member of the ground breaking Celtic rock band Moving Hearts. An original member and Musical Director of the Riverdance Orchestra, Noel premiered the show in the major cities of the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. He was percussion soloist on the videos "Riverdance live from Dublin", "Riverdance, Radio City New York" and "Riverdance Live from Geneva" Noel compositions have been heard in Riverdance in theaters in Ireland, the UK and America, on film and on TV. He collaborated with composer Shaun Davey on the original music for the "Special Olympics World Summer Games Opening Ceremony" in Dublin 2003. And performed "The Arrival of the Olympic Flag" with a world percussion ensemble of 150 players. The orchestral suite from the "Special Olympics Opening Ceremony" had its US premier on St Patrick's Day 2004 In Symphony Centre Chicago. Noel was delighted to perform with "On Eagles Wings".