Our Church Choir has been a regular part of parish life in Ballybrown for more than thirty years beginning in 1986. We are an adult choir and perform a wide selection of music ranging from traditional favourites through to the present day. Our repertoire is drawn from many periods and a variety of cultural traditions.
The choir’s rehearsal season runs from late September to around the middle of April, depending on the church calendar for a particular year. Our primary focus is on preparation for the Christmas festive season, Saint Patrick's Day and Easter. The choir also sings for:-
We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 8.00pm in Ballybrown Church and are always happy to welcome new members. No audition is needed and you don't have to be a great singer to become involved. All that is needed is a love of singing in a fun environment, with great camaraderie and a desire to get along with everyone and make music together.
So if you are in the Ballybrown area or environs, over 18 years old, with a basic singing ability, you might consider joining our choir. We would love to hear from you. For further information please use the Email link below or make an enquiry using our Contact page, or just speak to any of our members.
The formation of Ballybrown Church Choir came about in 1986 at the instigation of our then curate Fr. Pat Hogan, with Jim O’Farrell as our conductor and Mrs. Mary Murphy as organist-accompanist.
From the very beginning of the choir's life and over the intervening years we have provided the seasonal musical settings for Christmas and Holy Week/Easter ceremonies and festivities. In addition, we have enjoyed a number of collaborations with other choirs, and have participated in Limerick Choral Festival (formerly the Limerick Festival of Church Music), Lyric FM's Christmas Choral Extravaganza in the University Concert Hall, as well as RTE Radio live broadcasts of Mass and other services from Ballybrown Church. There have been many plaudits for the choir amongst which we especially treasure some very kind words (reproduced on our Photo Gallery page) from the pen of the renowned musician and composer Bill Whelan of "Riverdance" fame.
An unusual and probably unique performance occurred in June 2001 during the visit of the relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the “Little Flower”, to Limerick. As part of the visit, the relics were displayed in Limerick Prison. We were invited to provide music during the prisoners' veneration of the relics and for us the experience was both an honour and a privilege. The narrow prison stairs were our risers with each step barely wide enough to hold two people. That Tuesday in June was an unforgettably brief but stark insight into life "on the inside".
Over the years we have enjoyed several celebratory dinners and other social outings together with various opportunities for New Music workshops.
At Christmas 2012, after over twenty-five years of dedicated service, our organist Mary Murphy decided to retire and take a well-earned rest. Rosaleen Donovan came forward from the Alto section as replacement for Mary. Jim also relinquished his conducting role and took up singing with the Bass line, while P.J. Carroll stepped forward from the Basses to take up the conductor's baton in Jim's stead.
P.J. has now re-joined the Bass ranks since Easter 2018, and RoseMary Locke from our Alto section has taken over the conductor’s baton.
Our music librarian is Fiona Roberts and Helen Kennedy deals with publicity and public relations. Nell Cosgrave, Edmond Power and P.J. ably assisted by Anthony Cusack and Jim O'Farrell handle day to day logistics, and the general choir administration and membership are looked after by Rosaleen.
The choir numbers have varied over the years but generally fluctuate between the low to mid 30s, and occasionally up to 40 members.
For further information or to enquire about joining, please feel free to speak to any of our choir members. You can also send us an email by clicking on the icon below or check out our Contact page.
2019 Summer Outings:
- University of Limerick Concert Hall, 9.30 am to 3.00 pm with light lunch provided
MAIN EVENTS 2019 - 2020
NEW YEAR BREAK
NB. NO REHEARSAL THIS TUESDAY EVENING
END of YEAR BREAK
NB. 2020 Summer Outings: