The choir was founded by its present conductor, Mr. Seamus Brennan, in 1983. There has been a school choir in existence since that time. New pupils to the school are tested by the choirmaster. If they pass they form the junior choir. At this stage they are in preparation for the senior choir. If they reach a certain standard they are promoted to the senior choir. The repertoire of the choir includes, classical, folk, traditional, popular and sacred music.
The choir performs locally, nationally and have travelled extensively in Britain, Holland and France. Over the years the various choirs have brought prestige and honour to the school by the high standard of their performances and their conduct both at home and when travelling abroad.
Apart from achieving high standards in choral music the choir places particular emphasis on human development: good behaviour, readiness to help, responsible co-operation and a harmonious climate form the basis of the choir’s educational philosophy.
Our choir boys have been very busy this Christmas, being involved in three public concerts. Their first was their annual Lion’s Club Concert in St. Canice’s Cathedral on Thursday, 12th December. Their second was in St. John’s Church on Friday, 13th December when they supported the CBS Secondary School for their concert for Zambia. Finally the choir sang in the Black Abbey Carol Service on Monday, 16th December.
Their fourth appearance in one week, at the CBS Christmas Concert on Tuesday, 17th & Wednesday 18th December made their Christmas schedule very busy indeed. The choir boys practise before school and during school time. Their Choirmaster Mr. Seamus Brennan, who started the choir over thirty years ago has committed endless hours of his own time to the choir and has brought the boys on many trips abroad over the years. We are very grateful to him for his dedication to the boys and to the CBS school.