By Cian Molloy - 03 May, 2020
Dublin’s famous Palestrina Choir has launched a recruiting campaign to find new boy choristers – and St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir are recruiting too.
Both choirs are looking for children in first class, primary school, aged between seven and eight years.
Musical director Blánaid Murphy says: “No prior musical education or training is necessary. However, we are ideally looking for boys and girls who love to sing and enjoy music, who enjoy working as a member of a team, who are prepared to commit to the life of the pro-cathedral and the Archdiocese of Dublin and who would like to travel to other cities, in other countries, and would enjoy a challenge.”
Internationally renowned, the Palestrina Choir has been a feature of the liturgical life of Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral since 1903 and it is the only Catholic cathedral choir of its type in Ireland. St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir was founded in 2009 and has already won great acclaim.
There are many benefits to being part of a cathedral choir, says Murphy. These include: receiving a unique musical education with voice training and musical literacy; learning to work to deadlines; being part of an important musical heritage and getting the opportunity to make life-long friends.
Obviously, auditions and rehearsals cannot take place while current pandemic restrictions on travel and social distance apply, but the pro-cathedral would like to receive applications from interested boys and girls by Friday 22 May at the latest. Application forms are available by sending an email to [email protected]