Liam Lawton talks with Miriam Gormally about the inspiration behind his work and the fears he has that his inspiration might one day dry up. He begins by looking at the whole issue of how to keep Church music relevant for mass goers.
Fr Liam is a native of Edenderry, County Offaly. After studies in Maynooth, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin in 1984. After serving in the Cathedral Parish and Knockbeg College, Bishop Laurence Ryan gave him permission to pursue a full-time music ministry. This ministry was fully supported by his successor Bishop Jim Moriarty.
Liam has recorded 12 collections for various record companies including EMI and GIA. His music has been translated and recorded in Spanish, German and Swedish and in the Irish language. Many well known artists both at home and abroad have recorded his songs. His music has been used at numerous auspicious occasions, including Concerts in the Vatican, the White House and the Chicago Symphony Hall.
One of his compositions – the Cloud’s Veil- became especially popular in the US at the time of the 9/11 tragedy and featured frequently at Memorial Services for the 9/11 victims.
Fr Liam has made a huge contribution to Church music. His compositions have become ‘standards’ for Church choirs and congregations here and abroad. His workshops have always been a great source of encouragement and advancement for choirs. Fr Liam has been closely associated with a number of charities and his concerts have often been used to raise much needed funds.
Most recently Liam has composed the Glendalough Mass, a Mass setting based on the New Missal.
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