The Choir of Saint James went on a tour of Ireland in the summer of 2019, singing in various sacred spaces for performed concerts and services in Dublin, Tullamore, Cork and Galway. A native Irishman, and member of the choir, Dermot Kiernan writes a reflection on these memories one year ago.
Members of the choir contributed favorite photos of their trip in the gallery below.
Dear friends and family,
I cannot believe that a year has already passed since our choir tour to Ireland. I am reliving our wonderful journey through photos and posts on social media and my heart is so full. From our Sunday morning eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin to our final service at St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church in Galway, I cannot begin to express how proud and honored I was to share our incredible sound and spirit across my little country.
My family and friends who came along to hear us in Dublin and Tullamore are still talking about how they’ve never heard a choir which such exquisite sound and ensemble. To have my old choral colleagues come over to me at the coffee morning in Christchurch and say “ah now I know why you don’t want to ever come home” was so very gratifying and made me feel so very lucky indeed. I am so grateful to our choir council for working tirelessly to make it all happen. To Tom for his brilliance at the organ. To our incredible Mother Kate for her steadfast spiritual presence and to our fearless maestro, Jim Buonemani for his constant leadership and for crafting and executing such beautiful repertoire for our tour. A personal thank you to Jim for his stunning arrangement of Ag Chríost an Síol which he wrote specifically for our tour. I had several people approach me as the soloist, praising me for my command of the Irish language (until they discovered I was actually Irish!).
I miss you all so very much and there’s no place I rather be than with you all back in Ireland making memories. I look forward to seeing you all in the near future where I know the music making and fellowship will be sweeter than ever.