Philippa to bring choir colleagues to Killarney

Tadhg Evans

The Westminster Lourdes Choir in London has been no stranger to performing in iconic locations - take Lourdes, the Old Bailey Grand Hall, and Westminster Cathedral as just a few examples.

But for choir member and Killarney native Philippa Knight (née O'Connell), coming to her home town at the end of the month will rank very highly amongst her best experiences with the choir - and she's hoping her colleagues will enjoy the experience as much as she will.

Thursday, May 30, at 7pm is the date for the diary, and Philippa will be accompanied by 50 choir members and their families for the St Mary's Cathedral event. 

Philippa grew up in the town with her mother and father - Hazel and Ralph - and her sister, Nicola, and for her, bringing the choir to Killarney will be the occasion to beat all occasions.

"On one of my many visits home, I sat in the Cathedral and thought how wonderful it would be to perform here too," Philippa said.

"I approached Fr Kieran O'Brien with the idea, and he very generously agreed a date with me. This has now resulted in just over 50 choir members, musicians and their families travelling from London to Killarney to stay and perform," she added. 

The free event will also feature an Elizabeth Simpson duet with Canon Pat Brown, and the occasion will serve not only as fantastic entertainment but also as a worthy fund-raiser.

"As a choir, we didn't just want to come and perform, we wanted to give something back to the community as well, and this is why we will be having a shared retiring collection in aid of the Kerry/Cork Cancer Link bus," she said. 

"I know this incredibly important service isn't cheap to run, but the area cannot afford to be without it. It plays such a vital role in the community, so it is important to us to be able to support it in this way.

"I know how wonderfully supportive the people of my home town and surrounding areas are and know they will come out and support this event.

"I am looking forward to bringing this wonderful group of people to Killarney and introducing them to our town and surrounding area. 

"I'm sure they will receive a 'céad míle fáilte' from everyone who attends the event."