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Sunday, March 1, 2015

ICMA Sacred Music Workshop Waterford

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ICMA Workshop at St John's Waterford

 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150
Today, I attended a choral workshop in Waterford organised by the Irish Church Music Association, a resource organisation supporting liturgical music in parishes.  Fr Turlough Baxter, chairman of the ICMA  with Derek Mahady, choral director  addressed  a gathering drawn from parish choirs around the Waterford and Lismore dioceses. Setting a brisk pace, Mahady put the assembly through some lively vocal warm ups before introducing  a varied  selection of work by contemporary Irish composers,  Even though we got through a lot of material, there was time too for detailed technical stuff like phrasing, breath control and diction.   Baxter gave context for how the material might best be used and  spoke eloquently about the role of ritual and music in liturgy. A Matins Service was an integral part of the day's proceedings. It would be good to see Matins and Vespers introduced into regular parish services.

The combination a skilfull choral workout with thoughtful insights into the role of music in a liturgical context made for a stimulating and rewarding experience well directed by the duo  and coordinated  by Mary Dee.

More details of the Irish Church Music Association and their summer school can be found on their website

 Ephram Feeley         Here in Christ We Gather
                             Lord You are my Shepherd
                             Psalm 122  I Rejoiced 
                             God of Gentleness
                             I Am the Breadof Life 
                              In the Shadow of Your Wings Lord 
                             My New Commandment
Marie Dunne           Lúireach Phadraig 
Mary McDonnell      A Bhríd, a Muire na nGael
Bernard Sexton       Credo in Unam Deum
                               Memorial Acclamation
                               Shepherd Song
                               Laudate Omnes Gentes 
Peter O Kane  
    arr John O Keeffe   Search Me, On God 
O Keeffe                    The Apostles Creed 
Paul Flynn                 A Uain Dé
Lawton                      Holy Ground 
Joncas                        Draw Near 
Walsh arr Mackriell   I Will Bless Your Name Forever
John McCann           God's Holy People 

Ronan McDonagh    A Íosa Mhic Muire  Instrumental 

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