General introduction to the audio tracks

Introduction for Choir Leaders


This Mass setting was commissioned by Bishop Leahy and the Diocese of Limerick-City of Culture 2014 committee - which was chaired by Bishop emeritus Donal Murray. It is a legacy gift to our choirs, parishes, schools and other faith communities.

Columba McCann has kindly allowed the Diocese to take over copyright of his composition so we are able to offer it freely to choirs*. As a choir leader you do not need to have a licence to copy and distribute this music but we ask that you always acknowledge Columba McCann OSB as composer, and the Diocese of Limerick.

This special series of audio tracks has been created to complement the paper edition and to enable choirs and cantors to hear and learn the music as needed. Track One is this text called ‘read me’. It explains the other tracks. Track 2–24 are learning tracks for choirs. For instance:

5. Gospel Acclamation – Alleluia – unison

6. Gospel Acclamation – Alleluia – descant

7. Gospel Acclamation – Alleluia – complete

8. Gospel Acclamation – alternative for Lent

A choir leader can choose to download some or all of these twenty- four tracks, and then choose which ones to use and to share with choir members. For instance a choir leader might only teach Track 5, the unison line or might prefer to teach several parts.

This free series of learning tracks was created by Bernadette Kiely, choir director and organist, and the St John’s Cathedral Choir. We are indebted to Bernadette and the choir for their enthusiasm and generosity. It was recorded with ease and good humour over two evenings in St John’s Parish Centre, Limerick by Quentin Cooper.

Limerick Diocese

Limerick Diocesan Liturgy Commission can be contacted at Limerick Diocesan Office, Social Services Centre, Henry St, Limerick. (061) 315856. The Diocesan director for liturgy (2016)is Fr Derek Leonard.

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* Music licensing agencies administer copyrights of all other hymns and other liturgical music. For instance see Calamus or CCLI: or