MUSIC




Parish Choir


The Christ Church Cathedral Group Parish Choir draws upon the rich musical heritage which existed within the constituent churches of the group since the earliest days of the City of Dublin. The choir has an expanding repertoire which is centred about plainsong and sacred music of the late renaissance period while maintaining and upholding music of the Anglican tradition. The choir seeks to reflect the musical culture which has existed in the parish since the foundation of the city and translate this into the sacred liturgy in its contemporary form. Its repertoire features music from European composers such as Gregorio Allegri, Gregor Aichinger, Hans Leo Hassler, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Michael Praetorius, Ludovico da Viadana, and Tomas Luis de Victoria and also features composers from at the heart of the Anglican Choral tradition such as Herbert Brewer, William Byrd, Maurice Greene, Thomas Morley, Charles Villers Stanford, Thomas Tallis and Christopher Tye.

Since the restoration and revival of the Christ Church Cathedral Group Parish Choir in 2011, its members and repertoire have grown energetically and they have been invited to sing in conjunction with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir and, in their absence, during vacation periods. They have hosted local choirs at collaborative singing events and have travelled to other churches in Dublin to sing as part of liturgical functions. Further, the choir has been invited to sing in provincial venues in Ireland and looks forward to the opportunity to sing in diverse locations in the coming months and years.



The Christ Church Cathedral Group Parish Choir is a voluntary choir consisting of Gentlemen, Ladies and Choristers. They sing on a frequent basis during each term and during all church festivals. Rehearsals take place each Thursday during term at 18:00 and those who would like to become members are warmly invited to contact the Director of Music by email at gerard@christchurch.ie

The current music list for services is available here: .180902 Hilary 2019 

Information on the specifications of the organs in our three churches is available here.

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Friends of the Christ Church Cathedral Group Parish Choir

The Friends of the Christ Dhurch Cathedral Group Parish Choir support and sponsor the work of the Choir. While the choir is a voluntary association, support by way of charitable financial donations or assistance enables us to realise the full potential of the choir through the purchasing of music, musical resources, choir robes and the provision for various events. Please consider becoming a Friend of the Choir and help us continue to provide high quality sacred music in the City of Dublin.

For more information on becoming a Friend of the Christ Church Cathedral Group Parish Choir or donating to the choir, please contact the Director of Music at gerard@christchurch.ie or alternatively contact the office at stmichan@eircom.net.



Restoration of the Organ of St Werburgh's


The Organ of St Werburgh’s Church contains the last surviving pipework of Ferdinand Weber encased within one of the finest examples of Georgian cabinet work in Ireland. This organ is in its final stage of collapse and can no longer adequately function for Choral or Spoken Services in the Church. The Restoration Project is due to be launched in the Summer of 2016 with the intention of restoring the instrument for the two-hundred and fiftieth anniversary of its installation in 2017. Please preserve Music and Culture in the Heart of the City of Dublin by donating to the organ restoration fund.


HOW CAN I HELP?

This project will cost in the region of €250,000 and it will not be able to proceed without your help.

Under current Revenue Legislation the Christ Church Cathedral Group can claim back tax on donations of €250 or more that you make in any one year.

If you make a donation of €250 or more, in any one year, and you are paying tax (either through PAYE or as a self –employed person) your donation will be worth more than €350 to us. We cannot reclaim the tax unless we receive a completed Form CHY4 from you.

It is very easy to donate.

Simply print out the Donation Form and Form CHY 4 from the links below, complete them and send them to us with your cheque made payable to “Organ Restoration Account” or alternatively you may make a donation electronically. Details of the bank account are on the Donation form.

Please remember that we cannot reclaim the tax if you do not send us the Donation form and Form CHY4.

Further information on the Revenue rules for Charitable Donations can be found on the link below.

COULD YOU DONATE €2,000?

The organ Restoration Fund seeks fifty individuals to donate €2,000. They will be presented with a memento of the present instrument and listed on a roll of honour.

SURPLUS OR DEFICIT ON FUNDRAISING

If we fail to raise sufficient funds to complete the project before the end of 2019 we reserve the right to transfer any funds received to our General Fund. Similarly, any surplus funds raised, in excess of the cost of the organ restoration will be transferred into our General Fund.