Ronan Branigan, Savoy, Sinead Hope, Cllr Jerry O Dea, Gillian Costelloe, Lorcan Murray Picture: Fusionshooters
CHOIRS from Ireland and around the world will take centre stage in Limerick city and county this summer for the annual Limerick Sings International Choral Festival.
Launching the festival were RTÉ Lyric FM presenter, Lorcan Murray, and Metropolitan Mayor, Cllr Jerry O’Dea, at the Savoy Hotel, this Monday. The guest speakers were also joined by the melodious Unity Gospel Choir Limerick.
The three-day festivities will kick off on Friday, June 10 and will conclude on Sunday, June 12, and events will take place all over the city and county, including University Concert Hall, St Mary’s Cathedral and Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare.
Campus Life Services, at UL, and UCH first established the festival to attract visiting choirs of all traditions and nationalities to Limerick for a weekend of festive, non-competitive singing around the city.
Gillian Costelloe, Campus Life Services, said that the festival had benefited from RTÉ and Fáilte Ireland support, which she said was "invaluable to the growth and prosperity of the region as a musical, conference and events destination”.
Local choirs participating in the non-competitive festival include Ancór, Holy Trinity Abbey Choir, Limerick Choral Union, Unity Gospel Choir Limerick, and Voices of Limerick.
Limerick Sings has linked up this year with Irish woman, Zoe Franciscus, based in Seattle and a partner in Perform International, a leading music tour company which brings choirs and orchestras all over the world on tours.
“Limerick is an ideal base for me to use to bring visiting choirs to Ireland because the city offers great music venues and an attractive centre for touring the west of Ireland. And, of course, access is so easy through Shannon airport,” she said.
The Limerick Sings festival weekend will centre around three concerts, opening on June 10 in St Mary’s Cathedral, with local, national and international choirs performing. On June 11 the gala concert takes place at UCH, featuring New Dublin Voices, Limerick Choral Union and visiting choirs from the USA, accompanied by Limerick Sinfonia.
On June 12, a Sunday Proms will take place in Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare, featuring a programme of folk, traditional and gospel songs.
UCH director Sinead Hope said the festival offered “an abundant choice of choral music styles, with three very different concerts in three beautiful venues”.