Ireland’s oldest school, dating from 1453, recruits boys and girls for its choir, a place to which is added the promise of “world-class musical education”.
St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir School in Dublin welcomes children from the third grade, and their day includes rehearsals and songs during services in the cathedral.
St. Patrick is believed to be the only cathedral in the world with a choir matinee each morning, Monday through Friday, during school time, sung by the choir members.
In addition to the usual program, the school children are educated in music and singing, they go on tours (when possible) and participate in radio and television shows.
In recent years, the choir has performed for President Michael D Higgins and Pope Francis, as well as at the Gaiety Theater and the National Concert Hall with the RTÉ symphony and concert orchestras.
A number of children are leaving the school choir in June, especially boys whose voices have broken, and the school is finding recruitment much more difficult now due to restrictions linked to the pandemic.
Music master Stuart Nicholson has written to principals in Dublin in the hope, with parental consent, that they will guide singing boys and girls to go ahead for voice trials at St Patrick’s.
“Membership in the choir provides a first-class musical education” and helps children “to develop a love of music that will accompany them for the rest of their lives,” he said in the letter.
The dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, William Morton, said: “Choir seats are open to children of all schools, regardless of their denomination, but they must move on to choir school from class. 3 if they pass the audition and are ready to register. “
Parents with interested children should email Stuart Nicholson at [email protected] or write to Stuart Nicholson, Master of the Music, St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Patrick’s Close, Dublin, D08 H6X3.