Twenty five choristers from Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, travelled to Kilkenny on Saturday 15th June to attend an afternoon of singing aimed at choristers across Ireland. The event was organised by the Royal School of Church Music, Ireland Area (RSCM) and was held in St Canice’s Cathedral.
The idea behind the day was very much an end of year celebration and as well as the singing there was pizza in the Deanery Garden and a chance to meet choristers from across the country. Around seventy choristers attended in total including those from St Canice’s Cathedral and St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.
To begin the day the St Fin Barre’s choristers took a tour of Kilkenny Castle and enjoyed listening to the history of the building from several entertaining guides. They then had a picnic lunch in the grounds before walking across Kilkenny to the Cathedral.
They enjoyed hearing a demonstration of the organ from the acting Director of Music, and seeing various parts of the cathedral including the bishop’s throne, choir stalls and a model of 17th century Kilkenny.