County voices to Sing for Water at Limerick’s Riverfest

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

TWO Limerick singing groups will join forces with a choir from Co Clare for a free, open-air concert during Riverfest which runs in Limerick over the May bank holiday weekend.

TWO Limerick singing groups will join forces with a choir from Co Clare for a free, open-air concert during Riverfest which runs in Limerick over the May bank holiday weekend.

Allunde, the women community singing group based in Foynes and the Village Singers from Castleconnell will link up with Cor Cois Greine from Tuamgraney, Co Clare for the concert which takes place on the quays near the Locke Bar, on Saturday May 5 at 1.30pm.

The three groups have been brought together by their community singing mentor and inspirational leader Tembre de Carteret who works with all three groups. The 50-strong voices will sing selected songs from around the world all linked by the theme of water and although the concert is free, there will be a bucket collection for WaterAid which funds clean water projects in developing countries.

The event in Limerick is part of the Sing for Water movement which has captured imaginations throughout Britain and Ireland. Sing for Water was co-founded in 2002 by renowned composer, singer and musical director Helen Chadwick in association with the Thames Festival. Since then, the event which involves drawing together a mass adult choir from all over Britain and Ireland has become an annual event. But local events are now also organised and in all, over the last 10 years, Sing for Water has raised over half a million pounds sterling for WaterAid projects in India, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Malawi, bringing clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to thousands of people.

Allunde and members of the two other choirs will travel to London in September to take part in Sing for Water 2012. This year, the mass choir will number over 800 people and will be led by Roxane Smith and Helen Chadwick.. Sing for Water 2012 will take place during the closing weekend of the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Scoop at More London, next to City Hall.