Ian Callanan is one of Ireland’s leading composers of liturgical music. He has been involved with liturgical music his entire life and has been composing music for over 25 years. He is an accomplished composer, arranger, score editor and workshop leader. Ian’s own works are undoubtedly inspired by Ireland’s great musical tradition. Such is the popularity of his music that it can be heard sung in the many varied languages throughout Europe. Much of his music has been used for television and radio broadcasts.
Ian holds an honours masters’ degree in Religion and Culture from Mater Dei, Dublin and an honours degree in Music from NUI Maynooth. He is an active member of the Irish Church Music Association as well as being a director of Music Ministry Together, a national liturgical music formation program for youth and adult leaders. He is also the director of the “Emmanuel” programme, for the Dublin Diocese, and the “Seinn” programme for the Limerick and Killaloe Dioceses, which involve over 3000 secondary (high school) students, learning new liturgical music, culminating in a celebration concert.
Over the past 10 years Ian has travelled throughout Ireland, Great Britan, Spain and the United States as a concert performer, workshop speaker, and retreat leader in the areas of liturgical music, liturgy and prayer.
Ian is available for conferences, parish and diocesan events, covering a wide variety of topics such as, in liturgy, liturgical music and youth ministry.
Here is a video of Ian discussing his Seinn project
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You can see more of Ian and his music on his youtube channel youtube.com/icallanan
For more information:
The Call to Discipleship - Sacred MusicUsing the texts of the Scriptures as well as the writings of the great followers of Christ, this workshop traces the roots of discipleship and its implications for us as disciples in today's world. Drawing from his own compositions, the early Irish tunes, and other liturgical music, Ian will help participants journey to a deeper understanding of the gift of Discipleship.
Liturgy in the Celtic Church. The Celtic Spirit - Sacred MusicUsing Music and Texts from the Celtic heritage this workshop will explore the liturgy as well as how we celebrate it. We will look at new musical settings for the liturgy, with an emphasis on the participation of the whole congregation. Subjects covered include liturgical participation of children alongside of the whole assembly and music for the liturgical seasons.
Do we sing the Mass or sing At the Mass? - Sacred MusicWhatever your particular liturgical art: cantoring, choir directing, playing an instrument, there is another art that comes before these, one that shapes and molds them. It is the Art of Liturgy, without it liturgical music becomes something that happens at the liturgy instead of being part of the liturgy. This workshop will train you as musician to learn the Art of Liturgy.
A Light has Shone Music for Advent and Christmas - Sacred MusicAdvent and Christmas is a wonderful time for re-focusing ourselves both as adults and children alike. In this workshop we will explore repertoire for the season and reflect on the different character of each Sunday of Advent. We will also look at how we can face the challenge of providing a musical welcome for our "once-a-year" visitors at Christmas.
From darkness to light Music for Lent, The Triduum - Sacred MusicThis is the season which is the centre of our faith. It is the Paschal mystery that we celebrate every time we gather for Eucharist. These three seasons hold a special place of power in the Church's year. They are a time for deepening faith and welcoming new and returning Christians. Each celebration has its own power to convert us all. This workshop will carefully explore the richness the rites give us for musical involvement.
Retreats - Sacred MusicIan is also available to undertake retreats with a musical focus.
The Source of Life and Beauty - A Celtic Journey to the Cross - Sacred MusicJoin Ian Callanan in a journey in song, word and dance through themes of creation, beauty, healing, forgiveness, hope and resurrection. All will be invited to actively participate in song as we journey to the cross with the music from The Source of Life and In Beauty We Walk. The songs are suitable for use throughout the liturgical year and encompass a variety of musical genres infused with Celtic grace and all seek to encourage, embolden, and enliven the spirit. The session can be presented as either a concert event or a workshop where messages of love, hope, praise, joy, and thanksgiving will profoundly speak to the heart.
Immerse your liturgy and your soul in beauty!
- Comfort, My People
- Starry Night - Guitar edition
- Comfort My People
- Love Is the Boat for the Journey
- Wexford Carol
- You Have Been Baptized
- What Must We Do?
- Little One, Born to Bring Us Such Love
- Where Are You God?
- Your Faith In Me
- You, the Christ - Instrument Part | Download Edition
- God of Creation
- Come and Eat This Bread
- Come Feast at This Table
- Comfort, My People - Guitar edition | Download Edition