Solfa Carlile is originally from Cork, Ireland. She was awarded the Bill Whelan Music Bursary, graduating with first-class honours from the Royal College of Music, London. She recently completed doctoral study in music at University of Oxford. Her work has been performed by National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Illumina, Okeanos, London Chamber Orchestra and the Composers Ensemble among others. She was awarded the Jerome Hynes Commission by The National Concert Hall, Ireland, and was also a recipient of the Sean O’Riada composition award in 2013. Recently, her Three Byzantine Hymns were commissioned and performed by UK-based Cantata Dramatica, and her cantata on the life of St Cuthbert, co-written with librettist Nick Pitts-Tucker, will be performed at the Durham Vocal Festival in February 2019.