The Portlaoise Contemporary Choir have released a CD ‘In Praise’ to mark the occasion of their tenth anniversary.
The CD features 12 tracks from our repertoire over the past decade, with many of the songs requested by past members of the choir and members of our congregation :
- You Are Mine (D.Haas)
- Abba Father (unknown)
- Return to Me (F.King)
- So Longs My Soul (L. Lawton)
- Heal Us Lord (L. Lawton)
- Eagles Wings (R. Morgan)
- The Clouds Veil (L.Lawton) featuring Liam on vocals
- My Song Will Be For You Forever (D.Haas)
- Not A Proud Heart (unknown)
- Knowing You (G. Kendrick)
- Stand By Me (T. Kendzia)
- Blest Are They (D. Haas)
About the Choir
The choir is the Contemporary Choir who sing at the 12.30pm Mass in St. Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise. It was started by Nuala Kelly, who moved to Portlaoise in 2000, and previously directed the Carlow Cathedral Folk Group for a number of years. There are currently 15 members, all female, from various backgrounds with a common love of singing church music. Their repertoire is mostly from contemporary liturgical composers (hence the name) such as Liam Lawton, David Haas, Tom Kendzia and Graham Kendrick. They practice on Wednesday nights and really enjoy what they do. There are 5 members of the choir who were in the original choir back in 2001. The CD ‘In Praise’ is a culmination of 10 years Music Ministry in Portlaoise and some favourite of the choir and congregations favourite tracks feature on it – ‘Knowing You’, ‘You Are Mine’ and ‘Stand By Me’ to name but a few.The choir have participated in a number of radio and TV broadcasts and regularly sing at funerals and weddings, along with their usual Sunday Mass.
The CD will be available for sale at €10 from the Parish Centre, Smaointe and All Occasions Flowers.
Portlaoise Parish Centre
Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois