St. Fergal's Parish, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Gospel Choir

St. Fergal’s Gospel Choir was founded in October 2005. Fr. John O’Brien and the Parish Council through its Youth Coordinator, Helen Browne, asked the young people of the Parish what they thought was needed to improve their relationship with the Church. The unanimous decision was a ‘Gospel Choir’.

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Helen then began putting all the pieces together to form the Group. She put up posters to get members and then asked Jean Monahan to become the Musical Director. Jean is the Director of St. Andrew’s Choir in Westland Row, Dublin and has over 30 years experience with choirs.

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The idea then became a reality with the first rehearsal and has grown from strength to strength. The Choir made the debut at the Christmas Concert 2005.


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The choir consists of 30 members including 5 musicians and all the members are encouraged to develop the kind of music they enjoy. Their influences are: The Gospel music of the American Kirk Kranklin and The Dublin Gospel Choir.

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The Mission Statement of the Choir is: ‘To celebrate our Joy and Belief in the Lord through our Gospel Music and Sing this Message in our Worship and Praise of Him.’