St Nicholas Collegiate Church Galway

Music
A Brief History

Choral worship in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church has its origins in the college of singing clerks established to serve the medieval establishment. The church was constituted as fully independent collegiate establishment in the late fifteenth century, and a college house built for the warden and vicars choral.

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Parish Choir

The Parish Choir is an adult ensemble of up to 24 voices and is one of Galway’s most established musical institutions.

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Schola Cantorum

The Collegiate Church of St Nicholas in Galway is one of Ireland’s most important medieval buildings, and Galway’s most prized tourist destination. In 1486 a college of singing priests was established at the church, responsible for singing the daily services and for educating boy choristers to sing with them.

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Organists

Past organists

This list is far from complete, and the church is seeking any information that might help in filling in the gaps!

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The Organ

A brief history

References to an organ in the church stretch back as far as 1561, when Nicholas Lynch fitz Stephen, mayor of Galway for the second time, had an organ made and placed in a newly built tower in the Lynch (south) Transept.

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