why sing -MISSA PAPAE MARCELLI?
As we enter our last few days of preparations of our trip to Palestrina and to sing at the Papal Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on the Feast of Pentecost, it was special to sing Palestrina’s masterpiece Missa Papae Marcelli today at the Pro-Cathedral.
This Mass was sung at Papal Coronation Masses (the last being the coronation of Paul VI in 1963) and it also holds a very important place in the history of the Palestrina Choir:
More information on the tour to Palestrina, St Peter’s Basilica and Basilica of San Silvestro to follow soon.
As part of the Palestrina Choir 120 celebrations, what a wonderful mini-tour to Cork City, Cobh and Mount Melleray Abbey.
The Choir had the great privilege of being part of the Cork International Choral Festival (thank you to Festival Artistic Director Peter Stobart) and to give concerts in two wonderful Cathedrals: St Fin Barre’s (Cork City) and St Colman’s (Cobh). The choir also had the special opportunity of joining with the Cathedral Choir of St Fin Barre’s in singing Choral Evensong wonderfully accompanied by Matthew Breen, newly appointed Assistant Director at St Fin Barre's. During this beautiful service, we were able to give a choir medallion to Christopher Costello, now in his 80s, who has spent his adult life in Cork, but who started out as a boy chorister in the Palestrina Choir.
Holy Week and Easter liturgies may be still fresh in our memories but choristers are back with a bang, hitting the ground running. A great day was had today getting ready for "Palestrina Choir 120" outreach trip to Cork International Choral Festival and to Mount Melleray Abbey.
Boys made great progress on a whole range of repertoire for the trip whilst Parents and volunteers, co-ordinated by the Choir's wardrobe-mistress, Mary Sugrue, sorted choir uniform, choir bags and robes. It was quite the hive of activity upstairs in the choir area at the Pro-Cathedral.
lunchtime concert in St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, Friday 28th April at 1.10pm:
Choral Evensong in St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Friday 28th April at 6.15pm
St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Choir and the Palestrina Choir, St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral:
Lunchtime concert in St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, Saturday 29th April at 1.10pm:
Sunday morning Mass at 10.30am in Mount Melleray Abbey, Waterford:
OFFICE OF TENEBRAE
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At today's vespers the boys sang Britten's 'Balulalow' and Reger's 'Maria Wiegenlied' beautifully. Amongst the congregation was a very familiar face for the boys, it was none other than the Choir's former manager: Germaine Carlos! All the boys were delighted to see her and they were even more delighted to get to talk to her during their teas afterwards! Unfortunately, it was a bittersweet moment saying goodbye again...but I don't think it will be too long before they see her again!
Last week, we had a visit from Melanie Finn of the Irish Independant. All of the boys were excited to meet her! After a few informal interviews, the boys took to the Altar and decided to sing, for Melanie and her team, a small selection of carols for the choir's upcoming Christmas Concert 'Celebrating 120' in the National Concert Hall. Limited ticket availability. If you would like to read the rest of the article, please click on the image above.
Blánaid Murphy - Dir.
Pierce Cullen - Asst. Dir.