Combined Limerick choirs to sing Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE life of the Biblical prophet Elijah will be brought to life in stunning fashion by the combined choirs of the Limerick Choral Union and the Mary Immaculate College Choral Society in University Concert Hall this Saturday.

THE life of the Biblical prophet Elijah will be brought to life in stunning fashion by the combined choirs of the Limerick Choral Union and the Mary Immaculate College Choral Society in University Concert Hall this Saturday.

The choir, consisting of over 120 singers will perform Mendelssohn’s 19th century oratorio along with the Limerick Choral Union Orchestra and four guest soloists, all under the baton of Gareth Cox and the directorship of Malcolm Green.

The guest soloists are Roisin O’Grady, soprano, the LCU’s own alto Sarah Ellen Murphy, tenor Ross Scanlon and well known Limerick bass singer Owen Gilhooly.

Denise King, chairperson of the LCU, which boasts 110 male and female members among its ranks, including three different generations of the one family, told the Limerick Leader that the choir was “really looking forward” to performing the piece, which is composed in the spirit of Mendelssohn’s Baroque predecessors Bach and Handel

“We have a fabulous mix of male, female, young and old and mostly people from Limerick, but we do allow people from outside Limerick to join,” Denise explained recently of the choir which is now into its 49th year in operation.

The Mary Immaculate College Choral Society has been in existence for most of the last century and has sung at many venues throughout the country including the National Concert Hall in Dublin, winning first prize for the Best Limerick Choir at the Church Music International Choral Festival in Limerick in 1998.

Tickets are still available for the ‘Elijah’ concert which takes place this Saturday, April 9, and are available from www.uch.ie.

The Limerick Leader has a pair of tickets to giveaway for this Saturday’s ‘Elijah’ concert in the UCH. Email news@limerickleader.ie with ‘Elijah Competition’ in the subject line and include a contact number.