Born in Belfast, Liam Friel pursued his musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and subsequently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Formerly Head of Music at St Louise’s College, Belfast, and an Examiner for Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment, he has wide experience in the field of music education and examination. He has had a lifelong involvement with choral music both at church and community level and is currently organist and choirmaster at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Belfast.
He is now happily pursuing his love of composition and his works include several motets, two Masses (one a four-part setting in Latin), a Fugue for wind instruments and a Fanfare for two trumpets, in addition to his song settings. Recent compositions include settings of six poems by Padraic Fiacc for Soprano with Cello/Clarinet and Piano, a setting of verses from the “Song of Solomon” for a cappella choir and a Cantata for mixed choir, soloists and organ, “We Three Kings” which was performed in December 2013 in Clonard Monastery, Belfast.