In praise for Portlaoise choir

THE Portlaoise Contemporary Choir at mass last Sunday launched their new CD to a packed crowd in St Peter and Paul’s Church in Portlaoise. The 12.30pm choir are this year celebrating ten years of music ministry, having first sang on Mission Sunday in 2001, and to celebrate, their album was launched by one of the country’s most popular singers, Fr Liam Lawton.

THE Portlaoise Contemporary Choir at mass last Sunday launched their new CD to a packed crowd in St Peter and Paul’s Church in Portlaoise. The 12.30pm choir are this year celebrating ten years of music ministry, having first sang on Mission Sunday in 2001, and to celebrate, their album was launched by one of the country’s most popular singers, Fr Liam Lawton.

Director of the choir Nuala Kelly was delighted with the turnout. “We had a great celebration” she said. There was a packed crowd in the church and a lovely atmosphere. Liam Lawton said it was his honour to launch our CD which marks 10 years of great service to the church and to music ministry”. After communion Fr Liam sang one of his own pieces with the choir – The Clouds Veil – which the congregation were

delighted with.

The choir sing at the 12.30pm mass in St Peter and Paul’s Church in Portlaoise. It was started by Nuala Kelly, who moved to Portlaoise in

2000, and previously directed the Carlow Cathedral Folk Group for a number of years. There are currently 15 members, all female, from various backgrounds with a common love of singing church music.

Their repertoire is mostly from contemporary liturgical composers such as Liam Lawton, David Haas, Tom Kendzia and Graham Kendrick. They practice on Wednesday nights and really enjoy what they do.

There are five members of the choir who were in the original choir back in 2001.

The CD ‘In Praise’ is a culmination of ten years music ministry in Portlaoise and some favourites of the choir and congregations feature on it, including ‘Knowing You’, ‘You Are Mine’ and ‘Stand By Me’ to name but a few.

The choir have participated in a number of radio and TV broadcasts and regularly sing at funerals and weddings, along with their usual Sunday mass.

The CD is available now from the shop in The Parish Centre, Smaointe and All Occasions Flowers at a cost of €10.