Simon MacHale has written music for theatre, choirs, and orchestra, and is also recognised as a composer of original songs and electronic music. Sound design credits include Cónal Creedon’s Second City Trilogy (2005), John Murphy’s Smallone (2006), Brian Friel’s Making History (2007), and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (2017). In 2010 he was awarded first prize in the Sean O Riada Competition at the Cork Choral Festival for his With Heart And Soul And Voice (premiered by Chamber Choir Ireland). Previous commissions include Caintic Mhuire is Shimeoin (2007) for Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise, Freagraí (2008) for Christchurch Cathedral Dublin, Alle Diese Worte (2014) for Voce d’Argovia Basel, and Faultier, Yak & Kakerlake (2014) for Schola Cantorum Basel. He has twice received the Arts Council Travel and Training Award, and has worked as a performer and conductor in Switzerland, France, Germany and the USA. In 2014 he wrote, recorded and released an album of original songs entitled Let Down Those Old Defences, produces electronic music under the name New Paper Boy, and is the founder of The Electronic Folk, a Cork-based music collective. He has also sung with Chamber Choir Ireland, Zürich Sing Akademie, Christchurch Cathedral Dublin, Chant 1450, and Ordo Virtutum. He currently lectures in Cork School of Music and UCC.