Thirty years ‘on song’ - auditions for Irish Youth Choir

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick-based Irish Youth Choir, which celebrates its 30th birthday this year, is seeking new members.

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick-based Irish Youth Choir, which celebrates its 30th birthday this year, is seeking new members.

The choir, who performed a stirring concert in St Mary’s Cathedral in front Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan last Saturday, is hosting auditions this week and next, and is seeking young singers from Limerick to join its ranks.

The choir will host auditions for singers aged between 18 to 28 in UL next Tuesday, February 28 from 5pm and 8pm.

Each summer the choir comes together for a week of intense rehearsals, before performing in various venues around the country.

The summer rehearsal course will be delivered by internationally respected conductor Greg Beardsell, who has conducted the choir since 2007, along with a team of Irish tutors and vocal coaches at UL.

The choir membership is drawn from 11 counties, including a large cohort of Limerick people, with many UL students joining the choir in recent times. Last year the choir realised a long held ambition to create a smaller chamber choir of 24 singers, selected from within its ranks of 100 members.

Pre-registration for the auditions are essential and application forms can be downloaded from www.irishyouthchoir.ie.