Choral Music in the Cathedral and Concerts
Cathedral ChoirThe Cathedral organist and choirmaster is Malcolm Proud who is assisted by David Forde and under their guidance during the last year the choir has grown from strength to strength.
The 'music team' allows the very distinct roles of organist and choral director to be shared between Malcolm and David, as happens in most great cathedrals, and opens up many opportunities to broaden the music repertoire for services and other events.
We are very fortunate to have Malcolm Proud, an internationally renowned virtuoso musician, as our organist. In addition to his work at the cathedral and in the Department of Creative and Performing Arts at WIT, Malcolm performs regularly with Camerata Kilkenny and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. To keep updated on Malcolm's performances you can follow his website.
David Forde is originally from Waterford and is a former student of Malcolm's at WIT. David moved to Kilkenny in 2011 and is Deputy Principal at Carlow Institute of Further Education. Prior to this, he lived in the UK and was organist and director of music at St Patrick's Bristol and organ advisor to churches in West Country Clifton Diocese. He was also Head of Performing Arts at Bridgwater College in Somerset, where he developed an award-winning choral programme with ensembles that ranged from Renaissance choral repertoire to the UK's first college Show Choir.
The cathedral choir continues to grow in numbers and have expanded their repertoire. New choir members are always welcome, rehearsals resumed in September on Fridays at 7.00pm and the choir sings at the 11.30am service on three Sundays each month as well as at Evensongs and concerts in the cathedral and elsewhere.
If you think you would like to experience church choral singing why not attend some rehearsals to see what the choir is all about? You will be made most welcome by the choir so please feel free to ask Malcolm, David or any of the choir about coming to a rehearsal or two to see if it is for you. People who aren't entirely sure about what type of singing voice they have can also look out for some workshop sessions that will be announced in the coming months. Please don't be shy about coming forward!
The cathedral's magnificently reconstructed pipe organ continues to attract great praise from all who play it. Amongst other projects, our organ builder Trevor Crowe is currently engaged in an ambitious rebuilding of the organ at St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork and has recently completed the specialist reed-voicing work for the new early English style organ built by William Drake for the OBE chapel at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, bringing that building's total number of organs to five! At St. Canice's, we can look forward to hearing more of our great pipe organ, not only in services but also in concerts over the coming year.
To find out more information regarding music, concerts and events contact St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower