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Choral music for St. Patrick's Day concert

I work for a Catholic church in Manhattan. We have a wonderful SATB adult choir with three section leaders.
We are starting to prepare for our next concert which will be in March on St. Patrick's Day.
I already have some ideas, but am looking for more great music of Irish descent or Irish-influence (or maybe just by an Irish composer?:))
Something appropriate for the occassion and performance in the church.
SATB a capella, as well as with organ, violin, flute, celtic harp etc.
This will be our first concert of this type.
Thank you for your suggestions!
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on December 16, 2013 3:56am
Start here :-)
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on December 16, 2013 6:02am
Check with Michael McGlynn- many edition/comps!
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on December 16, 2013 7:01am
We sing The Wailin' Jennys' version of "The Parting Glass," which could be adapted for SAB. See It's about making your peace before passing. Lovely song.
Sing on!
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on December 16, 2013 7:10am
Hello -
Although I am not Irish, I have an unpublished setting of three Irish poems - The Daisies, an anonymous sacred poem (very brief) and The Lake Isle of Innisfree. I can track those down and send you copies (paper or PDF/Finale) if you'd care to see them.They are for SATB and piano and have been performed in Ohio and in Illinois. I've hunted for them this morning but can't find them this second, so I apologize for not having the exact titles. Now I'm doubly motivated to look for them!
Jim Davis
on December 16, 2013 12:23pm
Hello Bogna, you might want to look at my "Irish Blessing" available at or from my website where you can listen as well. JOHN beeman
on December 17, 2013 11:22am
Bogna. PHILIP STOPFORD is a composer based in Ireland [although currently on a Choral Workshop tour in USA]. You could look at his setting of the old Irish hymn Be Thou my Vision for choir, flute and piano or his Irish Blessing
More demanding is his a capella Ave Verum Corpus commissioned by St Anne's Episcopal Cathedral Belfast in honour of the Administrator of St Peter's Roman Catholic Cathedral Belfast
All are publihsed by Hal Leonard.
on December 18, 2013 8:05am
I have a lovely setting of the Irish Blessing text ("may the road rise to meet you") for SATB and either organ or piano. Let me know if interested at ryanbrandau(a) 
on December 18, 2013 12:55pm
You might like to look at the Irish song The Little Green Lane (unacomp. SATB), rather a sentimental little song, but The King's Singers sang it during their 40th Anniversary tour. You can see it here on YouTube (the timing is 0:46:10)
This was the original for ATTB but there is an SATB arrangement which can be seen at
on December 19, 2013 1:18am
Whoops - just realised you were looking for a piece for church performance.
on December 20, 2013 5:51am
a clear choice would be St. Patrick's Breastplate, a 15 minute cantata for chorus and instruments/organ, by the Anglo/Irish composer, Sir Arnold BAX (1883-1953). you can read reviews of it online to get a sense of its structure, and there's a recording on the Chandos label. if copies are needed, they may ordered through
the current list price is 5.15 GBP.
hope this helps,
philip barnes
st. louis (mo)
on December 21, 2013 9:07pm
Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments and suggestions. It is so nice to get such helpful responces!
I will let you all know how my search for Irish repertoire turns out and what will the final concert program be.
Merry Christmas to all!
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