Ephrem Feeley is one of Ireland’s most established church music composers. His corpus of music includes over 200 pieces of liturgical music, as well as a significant output of song and chamber music. The relationship between music and text is a primary focus of his work, which features attractive melodic writing underpinned by rich, lush harmonies.
Ephrem graduated from Mater Dei Institute in 1996 with a Distinction in Music. He studied composition under Donal Hurley, and organ at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama under Una Russell. Ephrem teaches Music, Choir and Religion at second-level at St. Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School, Navan, Ireland, where he directs Schola, an award-winning female voice choir. He is a founder member of The Solstice Trio, an ensemble specialising in the performance of contemporary English-language art song.
His music has won awards at every major liturgical music competition held in Ireland since 1997. His hymn A Joy for All the Earth was chosen as the official hymn of the World Meeting of Families and papal visit to Ireland in 2018. His Mass of St. Paul was one of four mass settings chosen by the Irish Bishops’ Conference following the publication of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, and was used throughout the International Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin in 2012. Recordings have been made of two collections of liturgical music, Here in Christ we Gather and Our Hearts are Restless.