Breda McKinney and Stefan Bednarczyk established The Choir of St Patrick’s in May 2011 to provide music liturgy for three services celebrating the re-opening of the church after major restoration works. This was also the occasion of the world premiere of St Patrick’s Magnificat, by James MacMillan, a work commissioned to celebrate the re-opening of the church. Thereafter the choir has sung weekly at Sunday morning Mass, feast days, and at concerts, until December 2012. In 2013 the choir will sing at Mass on occasional Sundays, Feast Days, and also concerts, weddings and additional special services and events.
The Choir of St Patrick’s consists of six professional musicians including Choirmaster Stefan Bednarczyk, and principal soloist Breda McKinney. The other members are four professional singers who have enjoyed freelance work at St Paul’s Cathedral, HM Chapel Royal Hampton Court Palace, St George’s Spanish Place, St Etheldreda’s Ely Place, The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, Hampstead Parish Church and numerous other churches across London. For concerts, recordings and some feast days the choir is extended to ten members.
Since its formation in 2011 St Patrick’s Choir has acquired a varied repertoire of music including masses and motets by Byrd, Palestrina, Victoria, Hassler, Bach, Mozart and Liszt to name a few. Music is selected to enhance the liturgy of the Church’s calendar. In December 2011 the Choir’s first concert was rapturously received, and in July 2012 the Choir was commissioned to record the compositions of David Bowerman. This recording is due to be released in the summer of 2013.
For queries or information about the Choir please contact Breda or Stefan.