The choir is built on the musical heritage at St Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina going back to the mid 1800’s. Now with a membership of around 40 and a broad spread of youth and experience the choir strives to bring the joy of music to enhance the liturgy of the Parish.
Under the direction of Regina Deacy since 1998 the choir has had some notable successes, performing the Easter Ceremonies for the RTE coverage in 2007, at Westminster Cathedral in 2010 and producing a CD of Christmas Carols entitled Glory to the New Born King as well as its contribution to liturgical occasions, such as ordinations, anniversary celebrations and the Christmas and Easter ceremonies.
The repertoire of the choir is varied and includes plainchant, 16th century motets and music by contemporary composers, many of them Irish composers such as Ronan McDonagh. In 2007, the choir commissioned Ronan to compose music to the text of the Easter hymn ‘O filii et filiae’ for the live televising of the Easter ceremonies from the Cathedral. The result was the beautiful Come Christians all Rejoice and Sing, now known as the Song of the Resurrection in which the melodic contour of the verses depict in a deeply moving way the events of that Easter Sunday morning, punctuated by soaring Alleluia refrains.
The choir normally sings at 11am Mass each Sunday in St Muredach’s Cathedral and practices on Thursday evenings in the Pastoral Centre at 8pm
If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact Regina Deacy at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com