Paul hits the right notes at Trinity

Paul Deering

Published 30/08/2014 | 00:00

Pictured left to right are Paul McDonagh-Forde, organ scholar; Eleanor Jones-McAuley, conductor; and Dr Kerry Houston, director of chapel music at Trinity College.

A Sligo student has been appointed as organ scholar to Trinity College's choir for the coming academic year.

Paul McDonagh-Forde is a past pupil of Sligo Grammar School and is studying Law at Trinity.

He is the son of Pat Forde and Pauline McDonagh of Woodtown Lodge.

Paul served as organist and director of music at Calry Parish Church in Sligo from 2011 to 2013.

As well as being a gifted organist, Paul is also a talented singer and has been a member of the college's Chapel Choir for the past year.

He studies organ with Professor Gerard Gillen.

Ms. Eleanor Jones-McAuley from Sandyford, has been appointed as Conductor of the Chapel Choir.

Dr. Kerry Houston, Director of Chapel Music at TCD said: "We are very fortunate to have gifted students like Eleanor and Paul to take on these rewarding and demanding posts.

"Joining Chapel Choir is a very good way for new students to meet students from other disciplines.

"It is both an educational and aesthetic experience and a chance to be part of one of the oldest parts of College life – the first Chapel Choir was founded more than 250 years ago.

"The singers in the choir take part in major college events such as the Christmas Carol Service and Trinity Monday celebrations."

Reverend Darren McCallig, Dean of Residence at TCD said: "I congratulate Eleanor and Paul on their appointments.

"Their roles, as conductor and organ scholar respectively, are central to our worship and witness here in TCD.

"I know that, working closely with Dr. Kerry Houston, they will sustain and develop Trinity Chapel's distinguished musical heritage and renowned choral tradition.

In addition to the regular choral services during each week of lecture term and various special college and university services, the Chapel Choir gives concerts and is broadcast regularly on RTE radio and television.

Trips are organised twice yearly and recent travels have included visits to New York, Hong Kong, Vienna, Venice and Frankfurt.

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