Diocese of Cork, Cloyne & Ross

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral

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The Cathedral Girls Choir


The present choir consists of boy choristers, girl choristers, choral scholars and lay vicars choral (adult male singers). The boy choristers and girl choristers sing separately with the adults.


Timetable
The girls attend practices as follows:
Monday 6.45p.m. – 8.15p.m.
Friday 6.45p.m. – 7.45p.m.


The girls sing one service on Sunday (including a rehearsal beforehand), either the Choral Eucharist (10.15a.m. – 12.15p.m.) or Choral Evensong (6.00p.m. – 7.45p.m.) This is usually on an alternating basis with a list of dates being given at the beginning of each term.  There are also occasional Feast Days and Holy Week services.  


Regular attendance is essential to maintain a high standard and membership of the choir is undertaken in the awareness of this commitment.


Choir Holidays
The choir does not attend practices or services during July or August, half term holidays and the week after Christmas and the week after Easter.


Overseas Trips

These always contain a ‘fun’ element as well as music making and contribute towards the social aspect of the choir. In April 2018 the choir travelled to St Davids Cathedral, Wales and spent five fun-packed days singing services and travelling around the South Coast. Future trips are planned. 


Voice for Life

Singing in a choir such as Saint Fin Barre’s is an excellent musical training and can complement the learning of an instrument as it develops music reading, concentration and aural skills. As part of the training scheme choristers follow the Royal School of Church Music Voice for Life programme.


Pocket Money

The choristers are rewarded for their hard work with a monthly sum of money based on their attendance. Bonuses are awarded for special services.