‘Cinderella’ the highlight for Limerick’s University Concert Hall

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A CHRISTMAS production of Cinderella starring Twink and Leanne Moore forms the centrepiece of the University Concert Hall’s winter season, launched this week.

A CHRISTMAS production of Cinderella starring Twink and Leanne Moore forms the centrepiece of the University Concert Hall’s winter season, launched this week.

Grammy winner Joan Armadatrading and controversial comedian Franke Boyle are also other highlights of the schedule.

Bosses at the venue have also secured the National Body Building Championships - and at the other end of the scale, a tribute to Ireland’s success at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Performers from choirs, orchestras and actors across the city were present at the Hunt Museum for a lunchtime event designed to highlight the new season of shows at the venue.

Concert Hall director David Collopy and Cathaoirleach Jerome Scanlan launched the programme.

While the pantomime will draw the most people over its two week run, there are also a number of other events designed to appeal to different tastes.

Opera D’Arte, featuring Owen Gilhooly who attended the launch, will bring musical pieces from The Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte and The Barber of Seville to the concert hall.

Swam Lake will also be performed by the Moscow Ballet company next month.

Community shows are very well represented this season with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra and A Viennese Christmas putting in shows.

The Voices of Limerick chouir will assemble on Saturday, December 1, for its 20th Anniversary Concert.

The line up includes plenty of comedy, with famous funnymen Des Bishop, Mario Rosenstock, and Joe Power performing.

Keith Barry will also return with his final run of the hugely popular ‘Eight Deadly Sins”’ show – another favourite for local audiences.

With Johnny Logan, Linda Martin and Niamh Kavanagh due in town, the Best of Irish Eurovision will no doubt draw a crowd.

Alongside Twink and Leanne, the Christmas pantomime will also see “local gems” Myles Breen and Limerick Chronicle columnist Richard Lynch as the two “beautiously challenged sisters in Cinderella.

Mr Collopy tells us they are no longer allowed to use the word ‘ugly”!.

Cathaoirleach Scanlan welcomed the schedule - and said that it shows despite the downturn, the arts sector continues to thrive.

“We must not forget the much needed boost it gives to the local economy,” he said.

For more information, see www.uch.ie