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Organ Restoration Mass Composition Competition

Sacred Music Competition for a Mass of St Colman
For the occasion of the Centenary of the Dedication of the Cathedral (2019), the Diocese of Cloyne is holding a Sacred Music Competition for Irish composers for a Setting of the Mass. While we are seeking the highest level of craft and musical expression, we are also concerned with Mass settings that are viable in all parishes. As such, the Mass should be within the ability of all our church choirs and congregations

The Centenary of the consecration of St. Colman’s Cathedral will be celebrated in 2019. The celebrations that will mark the centenary provide us with a unique opportunity and a challenge. Although the Cathedral is just 100 years old, the Diocese was founded in 560 AD by St. Colman and has served to spread the Gospel from almost the arrival of Christianity in Ireland to the present day. The challenge for the diocese, as the Cathedral enters another hundred years, is to continue to be faithful to those who went before it and to our own calling to serve the people of God.
The first major performance will be in August 2019 to coincide with the centenary of the Cathedral and rededication of the restored pipe organ. Towards the end of 2015, the Telford & Telford organ in the Cathedral of Cobh was dismantled and sent to the Ruffatti workshops in Padua for restoration. It will take a number of years for this work to be completed and the restored pipe organ will be rededicated at the centenary Mass in August 2019.

Pipe Organ Restoration Committee