Tuesday November 24, 2020

This Life: The on-song school

For more than 500 years, St Patrick's Choir School has combined education and singing - and it's still in fine voice, Interview: Catherine Murphy.

29th June, 2014
Master of Choristers Stuart Nicholson with the boys choir in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. Picture: Feargal Ward

On a sunny day in Dublin, visitors to St Patrick’s Cathedral pause as they hear the sweet unbroken voices of a schoolboy choir. They linger to absorb this unexpected pleasure delivered by boys aged between nine and 13, all robed in blue cassocks and gathered around a piano in the Lady chapel.

As voices soar, spirits are high. The school holidays are a matter of days away for these St Patrick’s Choir School pupils....

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