Top class bill of first shows at the University Concert Hall

The Princeton University Orchestra and, below, the King's Singers - both groups play in the UCH in the coming days
LIMERICK’S University Concert Hall is gearing up for two firsts - shows with the Princeton University Orchestra and the King’s Singers - in the coming days.

LIMERICK’S University Concert Hall is gearing up for two firsts - shows with the Princeton University Orchestra and the King’s Singers - in the coming days.

The prestigious Princeton University Orchestra will appear this coming Monday, January 26 with vocalist Iarla O’Lionaird and soprano Katherine Buzard for a programme that includes Mahler and an extensive Sean-nós section.

The Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Pratt since 1977, is populated almost entirely by students - some 90-100 undergraduate and graduate musicians representing a broad spectrum of academic departments.

The programme on its first concert in Limerick will include an overture by Antonin Dvorak, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G Major and four Sean-nós arrangements.

Following Princeton’s lead, the first Limerick performance by The King’s Singers - one of the world’s

most celebrated vocal ensembles - takes place on February 4.

Founded in 1968, The King’s Singers have premiered over 200 works, commissioned thrilling arrangements of everything from jazz standards to pop chart hits and encouraged young composers to write thrilling new scores.

As they are heavy hitters in vocal/choral circles internationally, the booking represents a coup for the UCH. Expect landmark pieces and thrilling arrangements.

A ticket for both concerts is available at a cost of €45. See www.uch.ie for full details.