IT was busking with a difference in aid of the Mid West Simon Community.
The first ever Limerick Classical Busking weekend took place in a variety of city locations last weekend, with organisers declaring the event ‘struck a chord with music lovers, traders, children and pedestrians alike’.
Despite the rain on Friday buskers took to the shelter of the Milk Market, the Hunt Museum and Arthur’s Quay shopping centre to bring classical music to passers-by in exchange for donations to Simon Community in the region.
Flautist Patricia Dunne, joined by her friend Pearl Mitchell, enjoyed her Friday busking so much she came back on Saturday for a second time.
Children from the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s community outreach project Sing Out With Strings were a big hit with the public, with four year old Isaac Grossman delighting those who witnessed the group, supervised as ever by ICO education officer Kathleen Turner.
Sopranos Sinead O’Brien, Eve Stafford and Sarah Ellen Murphy wowed patrons of the Hunt Museum on Saturday with their performance, joined by flautist Ingrid Thorstensen, guitarist Darren Murphy and pianists Michael Young and Fiona Linnane.
The ever buzzing Milk Market swayed to the classical jazz of the Blue Monk Quartet on Saturday morning, while popular operatic performer Peter Walls brought shoppers to a halt on Thomas Street.
Susan Ward, fundraising coordinator with Mid West Simon Community said the committee was “overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the musicians of Limerick” for the project which she said she hoped would grow as an event and thanked all those who donated to the initiative.