Ferdia Walsh-Peelo began performing on stage as a boy soprano soloist at the age of seven. Coached by his mother, soprano Toni Walsh, he went on to win all the vocal competitions nationally as a boy treble, scooping bursaries and top prizes every time he sang. At the age of twelve he toured Ireland with Opera Theatre Company’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute. He then played the role of Miles in Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw under conductor David Brophy.
Ferdia performed as guest boy soprano in various choral works including the Chichester Psalms, Ceremony of Carols and as Jake in Brian Irvine’s Rain Falling Up with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. In 2012 Ferdia clinched a much-coveted spot on the Late Late Toy Show singing O Holy Night and accompanying himself on piano.
At the age of fourteen he walked into an open casting for John Carney’s Sing Street, his rendition of Blackbird by the Beatles put him on the shortlist for the role of Cosmo.
Ferdia attends an Irish-language school (Gaelscoil) in Bray Co. Wicklow.