The Parish Choir is an adult ensemble of up to 24 voices and is one of Galway’s most established musical institutions.
The choir sings at the Sunday morning parish Eucharist, and gives adult singers from a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities the experience of singing an eclectic range of liturgical music every week. In addition, the choir also sings at special services such as the Advent Procession, those of the Easter Triduum, and for the major feasts in the liturgical calendar. Occasionally the choir makes visits to other churches and cathedrals all along the western seaboard, recent cathedral visits including Killala in the far north of the diocese and Kilfenora in Co Clare. In a recent development with echoes of the church’s collegiate past, the choir now also sings Evensong on a regular basis on Saturday afternoons throughout the year (usually monthly).
In keeping with the recently revitalised liturgical tradition of the parish, the choir’s repertoire ranges from medieval plainsong through sixteenth century polyphony to Russian Orthodox chants and African freedom songs. Choir members come from all creeds, walks of life and corners of the globe. At present its ranks include people from England, Germany, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, the USA, and of course Ireland!