Limerick Choral Union all set for Karl Jenkins concert

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK Choral Union are gearing up for one of the biggest concerts in their near 50 year history, as they prepare to perform with world famous composer Karl Jenkins and the RTE Concert Orchestra in the University Concert Hall.

LIMERICK Choral Union are gearing up for one of the biggest concerts in their near 50 year history, as they prepare to perform with world famous composer Karl Jenkins and the RTE Concert Orchestra in the University Concert Hall.

The choir, who recently performed Mendelssohn’s 19th century oratorio ‘Elijah’, will have 110 singers on stage for the concert with the prestigious composer, and will perform Jenkins ‘The Armed Man’ among other pieces, including ‘Te Deum’.

Denise King, chairperson of the Limerick Choral Union told the Limerick Leader that to be invited to perform with Jenkins and the RTE Concert Orchestra, was a sign of the choir’s burgeoning reputation.

“It is very exciting and it is nice to get some kind of acknowledgment,” she explained. “We have been in existence for 47 years and the level and the standard of music that is performed is very high, so it is a reflection on that and getting some national recognition for that, so we are thrilled.

The LCU were invited to perform at the UCH by the RTE Concert Orchestra, who are also taking the concerts to Dublin, Cork and Galway.

“We were invited, we got a phone call from the RTE Concert Orchestra last September to say that they were planning this tour and inviting us to be the choir for the Limerick concert, so we jumped at the chance,” explained Denise.

“The funny thing is, one of the reasons that the choral union was set up in 1964 was so that the RTE Concert Orchestra would have a choir in residence when they came to Limerick, the choir was set up to accompany them, so we have come full circle,” she added.

A recent survey actually demonstrated that Jenkins is now the most performed living composer in the world, and his ‘Armed Man’ has been performed nearly 1000 times in 20 different countries. Awarded an OBE in 2005 and CBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours List “for services to music”, Jenkins is one of the most decorated British composers of his age. In a real treat for Limerick audiences, the veteran composer will himself conduct the LCU and RTE Concert Orchestra.

“We have done his work before. We performed the Armed Man for the first time six years ago. He is a very popular composer with choirs all over the world, because of the fact that he writes so well for choral and orchestral pieces, and the fact that it has a modern twist with a classical line. If you talk to any choir worldwide they would know of him and his work.”

The Limerick Choral Union, with the RTE Concert Orchestra and Karl Jenkins, perform in the UCH on Sunday, May 8.