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Gala Choral Concert: St Canice's Cathedral Choir

Gala Choral Concert: St Canice's Cathedral Choir

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Cathedral Church of St Canice & Round Tower

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A Gala Choral Concert by St Canice's Cathedral Choir

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Sunday 26th June, 7:30pm


Kodály Missa Brevis

McMillan A New Song

Parry There is an Old Belief

Stainer I saw the Lord

Dove Missa Brevis

The Choir:

St Canice’s Cathedral Choir consists of approximately twenty singers drawn from Kilkenny College and surroundings of Kilkenny City. The Choir’s raison d'etre is to provide music for liturgies in the stunning surroundings of St Canice’s Cathedral. This allow singers to explore the width and depth and breadth of the choral repertoire, performed to the highest standard in a spectacular building, with thoughtful and invigorating liturgy. The Choir has appeared on television and radio broadcasts, gives concerts, and engages in community-based activities.

There has been a musical foundation of one sort or another at St Canice’s Cathedral since the twelfth century. The Vicars Choral played a vital role in the musical life of the Cathedral for most of its history and the ups and downs of much of the choir’s history is reflected in the various turmoil of the Cathedral itself. Musical life of the medieval cathedral close was a colourful one. A fine example can be found in the Red Book of Ossory (dating from about 1324) which contains sixty Latin verses, or Cantilenae, written by Richard de Ledrede, Bishop of Ossory. Of these Cantilenae, Ledred writes that they were composed "for the Vicars Choral of Kilkenny Cathedral, his priests and clerics, to be sung on great festivals and other occasions, that their throats and mouths, sanctified to God, might not be polluted with theatrical, indecent, and secular songs." Later in history, The vicars choral were mentioned in the 1615 Regal Visitation which noted that "in the College near the Church [of St. Canice] are eight Vicars Choral and four Choristers, who are bound to serve the Cathedral Church at Divine Services daily.” St Canice’s Cathedral Vicars Choral always maintained a strong connection to the Foundation of Kilkenny College and it is a tradition which the Cathedral and Choir foster to this day.

St Canice’s Cathedral Choir places great emphasis on education and outreach with both Junior and Senior Choral Scholarships offered, Organ tuition on the outstanding Bevington organ, and a programme for both Boy and Girl Choristers.

Many renowned organists, composers and musicologists have passed though the choir stalls of St Canice’s. Notably, George William Torrance who, reportedly, “After Robert Prescott Stewart, [Torrance] was arguably the most accomplished Irish church musician of his generation". He was a composer, organist, singer, clergyman, and a pioneer of ethno-musicology. Most recently, Malcolm Proud, acclaimed-international harpsichordist and organist, has been the Organist and Master of Choristers at St Canice’s Cathedral.

The Choir of St Canice’s Cathedral is the only of its kind in the surroundings of County Kilkenny. Choir has appeared on a number of RTÉ TV and Radio Productions, most recently Carols from the Castle (2019), and RTÉ Christmas Day broadcast (2020). The choir has a number of exciting upcoming projects and auditions for the choir are held throughout the year.

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