St Martin’s New Organist!

St Martin’s has a strong musical tradition and we are very excited to announce the imminent arrive of our new organist: Cathal Killeen! His first Sunday with us will be Sunday 8th October 2023.

Cathal Killeen began his organ studies while completing his Bachelor of Music Education, where he studied with Una Russell and David Adams. Soon after beginning formal training in 2013, he gained a position as organist with Blessington Union of Parishes, where he quickly became acquainted with the Sunday morning commute around his local area playing in different parishes in the Anglican tradition. He then moved to Scotland to obtain his Masters of Music qualification, studying the clarinet with John Cushing and taking a second study of organ with David Hamilton. At this time Cathal took up a post as organist in Merrylea Parish Church, where he spent six happy years contributing to the musical life of the church.

No stranger to the flexibility required of an organist and choir director, Cathal has had experience conducting choirs and ensembles around the UK and Ireland, and studied conducting with Bernadette Sherlock, David Brophy and Robert Houlihan. During his studies he worked as an accompanist for the Royal Irish Academy of Music Internal Assessments, and additionally established and coached the Presentation College Terenure Choir, who went on to be shortlisted by national broadcaster RTÉ in their “Choirs for Christmas” competition.

Outside of organ playing, Cathal works professionally as a freelance clarinettist: He has been privileged to be invited to play as Guest Principal Clarinet with ensembles such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. His playing can be heard on BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ LyricFM in Ireland and he has worked alongside artists as diverse as Nicola Benedetti, Andrea Bocelli and Nicole Scherzinger.

Since moving to Manchester, Cathal has taken up teaching positions in saxophone and clarinet at Forsyth’s Music and piano and clarinet at Cheshire School of Music and will be developing musicians young and old in these schools alongside those in his private teaching studio. For information or any questions, please visit: https://cathalclarinet.wixsite.com/website

Choir practice is moving! It will be held on Tuesdays from October 10th. The children will rehearse from 6-7 and the adults from 7-8. If you are interested in joining St Martin’s choir please do get in touch! We rehearse the music for the forthcoming Sunday’s Choral Eucharist and anthems for the month or so ahead. The choir performs an appropriate anthem every two or three weeks in the Sunday Eucharist. We try to include traditional and current anthems, some new to us and some from our repertoire.