Patrician Secondary School Choir

The school has a long history of musical vibrancy and the most obvious examples of music during the annual school calendar are the Opening Mass in September, the Musical produced every second year in the Patrician Secondary School, the Open Night in November, the Carol Service, and the Graduation Mass in May. The choir has grown in profile and numbers in recent years, and we are very proud that choir now encompasses students from every year group and school programme.

The choir sings at all school liturgies, specifically the Opening Mass of the School Year, the Carol Service and the Graduation Mass. During the school year 2007/8 the choir also branched out to provide music at a number of liturgies with the local community. The choir provided the music at a special mass held in St. Conleth’s Parish Church to mark the beginning of the yearlong celebrations of the Bicentenary of the Patrician Order in February 2008. The choir, in conjunction with students representing the Holy Family Secondary School, again led the music for another community Mass in May 2008. This Mass, celebrated by Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin James Moriarty, was a special Youth Mass and encompassed prayer for the upcoming state exams as well as the commissioning of students from the Patrician Secondary who attended the 2008 World Youth Day held in Sydney, Australia.

Our choir numbers rose again in September 2008, with sixty-three singers and musicians, not including our strong contingent of staff members who join the choir for school liturgies, providing the music to mark the beginning of a new school year. The music chosen encompassed a number of genres including a Youth Mass common, Praise and Worship hymns, Rock, Popular, Acoustic, traditional Irish and Sean-Nós. There were eighteen soloists incorporated into Mass, and the accompaniment was provided by our school band which includes two acoustic and two electric guitars, bass guitar, kit, mandolin, fiddle, concertina and piano.

The goal of the school choir is to be inclusive and accessible to all students, and to provide meaningful and relevant music for our school events. It is planned that 2008/9 will again be a very productive and enjoyable year for the school choir.