St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

The Cathedral Church of St Canice,
The Close, Coach Rd,
Kilkenny City, Ireland.

Phone : +353 (0)56 7764971

Mobile number: +353 (0)85 2527787

Email :


Christmas Season at St Caniceís Cathedral

Monday 17th December:

Vladimirís Viennese Christmas Concert 8pm. Tickets via

Wednesday 19th December:

Alchemy Ensemble Christmas by Candlelight. Concert 8pm. Tickets via

Thursday 20th December:

Kilkenny College Carol Service 11am-1pm. Closed for visiting open from 1.30 to 3.30pm.

Sunday 23rd December

4th Sunday of Advent
8.00am Eucharist
11.30am Sung Eucharist with Advent Hymns

Christmas Eve:

Monday 24th December
Closed for visiting during day. 11.30pm Midnight Eucharist

Christmas Day

25th December:
8am Eucharist. 11.30am Service. Closed for visiting.

St Stephenís Day

26th December: 10.30am Eucharist. Closed for visiting.

Thursday 27th December

Closed for visiting.

Friday 28th December:

Open for visiting 10am to 3.30pm.

Saturday 29th December

Open for visiting 10am to 3.30pm.

Sunday 30th December

8am Eucharist 11.30am Combined benefice Eucharist.
Open for visiting 2pm to 3.30pm

Monday 31st New Yearís Eve

Closed for visiting. 11.15pm Watchnight Service and Ringing in the New Year.

Tuesday 01st January

Closed for visiting.

Wednesday 02nd January

Open for visiting 10am to 3.30p

St Canice's Cathedral Music and Choir

St CaniceísCathedral maintains a mixed-voice robed choir as part of its principal services, and is committed to preserving and promoting the living Anglican Choral tradition. The cathedral choir is a voluntary membership of adult voices, supplemented by Choral Scholars of both upper secondary school and university age. The choirís repertoire is extensive and encompasses music from the Renaissance through to the present day, with a broad range of music programmed for weekly services. The cathedral choir sings at the 11.30am Eucharist service on three Sundays in each month in term-time, as well as at occasional Matins, Evensongs and concerts in the cathedral and elsewhere.

The choir is directed by David Forde and accompanied by the cathedral organist Malcolm Proud.

Joining the cathedral choir

New choir members are always welcome, and choir rehearsal take place on Fridays at 7.00pm. If you are interested in singing, and think you would like to experience church choral singing why not attend some rehearsals to see what the choir is all about? Those interested in joining should speak to David Forde or Malcolm Proud to attend a rehearsal or two and find out more about life in the choir. Alternatively, please contact the cathedral on (056) 776 4971 for further information, or email

Choral Scholarships

The cathedral supports a number of choral scholarships each year. Junior scholarships are for students in upper secondary school, which offers a payment towards music lessons for young people who participate in the choir. Senior scholarships are awarded to university-aged students pursuing singing as a career study, and include a payment to support their musical studies. Choral scholars are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the cathedral choir by attending all relevant rehearsals and services. The cathedral also supports an organ scholar, who receives a payment, and who assist the organists in the direction of the choir and in organ playing. For further information, please email


Malcolm Proud
The cathedral organist is the internationally renowned virtuoso musicianMalcolm Proud. In addition to his work at the cathedral, Malcolm performs regularly with CamerataKilkenny and the Irish Baroque Orchestra amongst many other leading ensemble, and of course as a solo harpsichordist and organist. Malcolm won the Edinburgh International Harpsichord Competition in 1982, and has performed worldwide, including John Eliot Gardinerís Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, Monteverdiís Orfeo with tenor Mark Padmore and the Purcell Quartet, at the Frick Museum in New York with violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch, in Lucerne for Bachís St. Mark Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music, and with Swiss violinist Maya Homburger at the Anima Mundi Festival in Pisa.In 2009 he gave solo organ recitals in the U.S., and has performed on many famous organs, including the 1610 Compenius organ in Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark.To keep updated on Malcolm's performances, and to find out more about his many recordings, you can follow his website

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David Forde is assistant organist, and has responsibility for directing the cathedral choir. A music graduate (and former student of Malcolm Proud), David is Deputy Principal at Carlow Institute of Further Education. David led the successful bid to secure a Music Generation funded performance music education for County Carlow, as well as developing a training programme for organists. In addition to his musical activities at the Cathedral, David is involved in support services to churches on organ building and maintenance.

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The cathedral is home to a fine pipe-organ, magnificently reconstructed in 2006 by Trevor Crowe Ltd. Based around the best surviving material from a much altered instrument built in 1853 by Bevington, the organ is a three manual, mechanical action instrument of 47 speaking stops. It is widely considered one of the finest organs in the country. Amongst many other high-profile projects, Trevor Crowe Ltd is responsible for the fine organs in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork (now the largest organ in Ireland), Galway Cathedral, Dromore Cathedral and a phased reconstruction of the Willis organ in St Patrickís Cathedral, Dublin. A renowned voicer, Trevor Crowe completed the specialist reed-voicing work for the new early English style organ built by William Drake for the OBE chapel at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. In addition to its use at parish and diocesan service, the organ is regularly used for concerts. The cathedral also houses, on a temporary loan basis, a small organ by J. W. Walker Ltd, which is used for services held at the west-end of the nave, and which is also playable from the main organ.The specification of the main organ can be found here: