Kildare Nationalist – Kilcullen Choir wanted for 150th anniversary
IN AN effort to mark the 150e anniversary of Kilcullen Catholic Church, choir members based there are making an ambitious appeal for a multi-generational choir to help celebrate the event – in less than eight weeks.
“The Church of the Sacred Heart and Sainte-Brigide will celebrate its 150th anniversarye anniversary on November 6, and as music is an integral part of any celebration, we are calling for voices to form a multi-generational choir to help us celebrate,” said Niamh Traynor, Head Chorister.
Traditionally, St Brigid’s choristers were made up of boys and girls aged 6 to 13, but with such a milestone birthday on the horizon, Niamh and her organist Peter Moloney decided to expand the choir for the occasion.
“Archbishop Dermot Farrell is coming down, and we want to add to the pomp and circumstance,” Niamh said.
“If I get the gong with them next week, I’d love it if I had six weeks with them,” she said.
Rehearsals will take place every Saturday afternoon at Kilcullen Parish Center where free parking is available.
This new choir must perform precisely on November 6, but as Niamh says: “if the choir wants to continue afterwards, we will”.
Niamh Traynor hails from Kilcullen, has sung at the National Concert Hall and won the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at Buxton Opera Hose in England for several consecutive years.
Peter Moloney has been practicing music for over 50 years when he first set foot at Newbridge College and is currently the Artistic Director of the International Organ and Choir Summer Concerts at Kildare Cathedral.