The Irish Guild of Organists and Choristers was founded in 2003 as an independent interdenominational learned society, composed of church musicians and others interested in church music. It was based on the medieval concept of the Guild, which was a group of professionals who gathered together for working and fraternal reasons. The Patron was the Archbishop of Dublin.
The aims of the Guild were to raise awareness of the history of Church music and to promote the highest standards in its practice. The Guild also existed to encourage members in their spiritual lives, and to provide a means whereby they could share experience and resources with other musicians.
Individual membership of the Guild was available at two levels: Associate and Fellow. Although it still exists, it is largely dormant and does not admit new members.
I was elected a Fellow of the Guild in 2003.