Our History & Ethos
Resourcing the Church
Supporting Christians in the Arts
New Irish Arts works in partnership with the Irish Church to present
Christianity through the Arts. The group was started as the New Irish Choir and
Orchestra in 1994 by Irish hymn-writer Keith Getty. We now have a network of
several hundred volunteer musicians, working alongside a small group of actors
and visual artists to produce a wide range of events throughout Ireland each
We produce large events in the major Irish concert halls each year, but we also
enjoy collaborating with other musicians. Over the years we’ve worked with many
great people – including the Rend Collective Experiment, Clannad’s Moya Brennan,
Matt Redman, Stuart Townend, Yazz, Bluetree and of course Keith and Kristyn
Getty. We also broadcast regularly on BBC and RTE radio and TV.
In addition to these high profile events, our ministry also involves working on
many smaller community projects, where the Arts can help us to build bridges
with people who would probably not choose to attend a Christian concert. We
believe it is good to bless communities with God’s love, simply by sharing the
talents He has given us.
Wherever possible, we work in partnership with local churches. Occasionally this
means facilitating public events, or sometimes it leads to us providing training
and resources. Whatever the case, we aim to serve the wider church with
excellent quality Arts resources.
Over the years we have built a large network of volunteers for whom we aim to
provide support in their artistic endeavours. Often this happens naturally
within the group as people make connections while preparing for events, but we
also aim to provide some strategic resources to connect those who benefit from
sharing ideas about the use of the Arts in a Christian context, and also in the
For those who like to know the formalities, we are a non-denominational
charitable company run by a Board of Directors. Our Creative Chief Executive
works alongside an Events Manager/Administrator in our Newtownards office.