St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

The Cathedral Church of St Canice,
The Close, Coach Rd,
Kilkenny City, Ireland.

Phone : +353 (0)56 7764971

Mobile number: +353 (0)85 2527787

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Choral Music in the Cathedral; Concerts and Special Services

Music at the Cathedral

St Canice’s Cathedral maintains a mixed-voice robed choir as part of its principal services, and is committed to preserving and promoting the living Anglican Choral tradition. The cathedral choir is a voluntary membership of adult voices, supplemented by Choral Scholars of both upper secondary school and university age. The choir’s repertoire is extensive and encompasses music from the Renaissance through to the present day, with a broad range of music programmed for weekly services. The cathedral choir sings at the 11.30am Eucharist service on three Sundays in each month in term-time, as well as at occasional Matins, Evensongs and concerts in the cathedral and elsewhere.

The choir is directed by David Forde and accompanied by the cathedral organist Malcolm Proud. The organistsare assisted by the cathedral organ-scholar, who is appointed on an annual basis. The 2014-2015 organ scholar is Róisín Rowley-Brooke.The junior choristersof the cathedral are taught by Jill Murphy and the organ schola

Joining the cathedral choir
New choir members are always welcome, and choir rehearsaltake place on Fridays at 7.00pm. If you are interested in singing, and think you would like to experience church choral singing why not attend some rehearsals to see what the choir is all about? Those interested in joining should speak to David Forde or Malcolm Proud to attend a rehearsal or two and find out more about life in the choir. Alternatively, please contact the cathedral on (056) 776 4971 for further information, or email

Choral and Organ Scholarships

The cathedral supports a number of choral scholarships each year. Junior scholarships are for students in upper secondary school, which offers a payment towards music lessons for young people who participate in the choir. Senior scholarships are awarded to university-aged students pursuing singing as a career study, and include a payment to support their musical studies. Choral scholars areexpected to demonstrate a commitment to the cathedral choir by attending all relevant rehearsals and services. The cathedral also supports an organ scholar, who receives a payment, and who assist the organists in the direction of the choir and in organ playing. For further information, please email

Malcolm Proud
The cathedral organist isthe internationally renowned virtuoso musicianMalcolm Proud. In addition to his work at the cathedral, Malcolm performs regularly with CamerataKilkenny and the Irish Baroque Orchestra amongst many other leading ensemble, and of course as a solo harpsichordist and organist. Malcolm won the Edinburgh International Harpsichord Competition in 1982, and has performed worldwide, including John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, Monteverdi’s Orfeo with tenor Mark Padmore and the Purcell Quartet, at the Frick Museum in New York with violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch, in Lucerne for Bach’s St. Mark Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music, and with Swiss violinist Maya Homburger at the Anima Mundi Festival in Pisa.In 2009 he gave solo organ recitals in the U.S., and has performed on many famous organs, including the 1610 Compenius organ in Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark.To keep updated on Malcolm's performances, and to find out more about his many recordings, you can follow his website
David Forde
David Forde is assistant organist, and has responsibility for directing the cathedral choir. A music graduate (and former student of Malcolm Proud), David is Deputy Principal at Carlow Institute of Further Education. David led the successful bid to secure a Music Generation funded performance music education for County Carlow, as well as developing a training programme for organists. In addition to his musical activities at the Cathedral, David is involved in support services to churches on organ building and maintenance.
The Cathedral Organ

The cathedral is home to a fine pipe-organ, magnificently reconstructed in 2006 by Trevor Crowe Ltd. Based around the best surviving material from a much altered instrument built in 1853 by Bevington, the organ is a three manual, mechanical action instrument of 47 speaking stops. It is widely considered one of the finest organs in the country. Amongst many other high-profile projects, Trevor Crowe Ltd is responsible for the fine organs in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork (now the largest organ in Ireland), Galway Cathedral, Dromore Cathedral and a phased reconstruction of the Willis organ in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. A renowned voicer, Trevor Crowe completed the specialist reed-voicing work for the new early English style organ built by William Drake for the OBE chapel at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. In addition to its use at parish and diocesan service, the organ is regularly used for concerts.