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Seinn Cashel and Emly Update

“Seinn Cashel and Emly” is a project promoting and encouraging liturgical music in secondary schools. Students from secondary schools in Cashel & Emly, stretching from east Limerick to across Tipperary, raised their voices and their hands in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 7.30p.m. It was a whole day event as rehearsals and workshops commenced at 11.30am in the Premier Hall, Rossa St. Thurles and concluded after lunch for the final rehearsal in the Cathedral at 3.00pm.

This was the fourth time that such an event was staged in our diocese, and it built upon the success of similar ventures held in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles. The schools who participated were; St. John the Baptist Community School, Hospital, Scoil na Trionoide Naofa, Doon, Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles; Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Thurles; Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore; St. Ailbe’s Secondary School, Tipperary; St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary and Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry.

Seinn offers students and teachers a liturgical music repertoire which can become integral to the celebration of key moments in the life of each school community.  However, more importantly, it means that students become involved in a shared music experience, which encourages them to bring their faith to life.  Once again, Ian Callanan was the music director for Seinn Cashel and Emly, and he has been instrumental in bringing the project to its fruition. A renowned composer and arranger of music, a Cork man now resident in Tipperary, Ian conducted the band and chorus on the night, having facilitated music workshops in each of the participating schools over the previous number of weeks. Soloists and musicians were drawn from the schools, and without doubt, the students of Cashel and Emly put us firmly on the map with their music and song.

A feature of the preparations for Seinn 2019 was an invitation to parish choirs to participate in Workshops, again conducted by Ian Callanan.  These Seinn Workshops, held in early November 2019 at St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary and  Lamh Chunta, Bóthar na Naomh, Thurles enabled Ian to offer the story to the composition and arrangement of the Seinn 2019 repertoire.  It was really appreciated by the choirs who joined their voices to the singing at the Seinn event on December 5th 2019 in the Cathedral.