Pro Nuova was set up in October 2004 by Sharon Lyons at the request of the priests of the Pro-Cathedral. At that time the number of people attending the Sunday 6.30pm Mass had been increasing significantly after several years of decline. The increased attendance was made up mainly of young "new Irish" attracted to Dublin by the Celtic Tiger economy. For several years this had been a 'quiet' Mass, with no music or singing. With the increasing youth attendance a new approach was needed. Pro Nuova became a part of the Mass and the numbers attending continued to rise steadily.
The Pro Nuova repertoire is derived from many sources, mainly contemporary Irish and American. The group love to experiment across a range of styles. All members of the group have substantial church music experience.
Pro Nuova recorded their first CD during the summer of 2008. It contains 23 tracks taken from the current repertoire including a complete Mass setting and different options for the various areas of the Mass that music is required.
1. Blessed Be your Name
2. Come to the Waters
3. Come, Now is the Time to Worship
4. Praise the Lord, My Soul – Psalm 46
5. Shepherd Me, O God – Psalm 23
7. Fly Like a Bird
8. Blind Mary
9. Worthy is the Lamb
10. One Bread, One Body
11. Holy, Holy from ‘Mass of Glory’
12. Memorial Acclamation
13. Great Amen
14. Lamb of God
15. What you Have Done For Me
16. Jesus, Hope the World
17. So Longs My Soul
19. You Can Make Me Whole
20. Only In God
21. When This Day Is Done
22. Lord, I Lift Your Name on high
23. Ave Maria, Ave