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Dublin girls choir welcomed to sing at St John’s Cathedral

The St John’s Cathedral Choir welcomed the Girls Choir of St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, and their director, Blánaid Murphy, to sing at Mass and Vespers in the cathedral on Sunday, April 28.

St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Dublin and is home to the largest Catholic cathedral choir foundation in Ireland, consisting of the Palestrina Choir of boys and men founded in 1903 and the Cathedral Girls’ Choir, founded more recently in 2009. The Girls Choir’s recording of music by female composers Vox Femina was released to great acclaim in 2019 and a second instalment is due later this year.

The choir, most of whom had never been to Norwich before, spent the weekend in the city, having sung at Evensong in Norwich Anglican Cathedral the day before coming to St John’s.

Both Norwich and Dublin choirs are pictured above.

The St John’s Cathedral Choir will also host the Bradford and Huddersfield Catholic Youth Choirs from the Diocese of Leeds later this term. These choirs will sing at the 11am Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter on the final Sunday of term, July 14, after which the Cathedral Choir will go on a well-deserved summer break.

St John’s Cathedral Choir is auditioning boys and girls from Year 3 upwards to join from September. Prospective members are welcome to try out the choir for a couple of weeks this term to see if they are interested. If you are based in the Norwich area and would like to arrange an informal audition, please contact the director of music, David Grealy, at music@sjbcathedral.org.uk