A MAJOR choral festival that will bring choirs from across the globe to the city has been unveiled.
The inaugural Limerick Sings International Choral Festival will take place on the June Bank Holiday weekend next year and hundreds of choristers from all over Ireland, Europe and the US are expected to take attend.
The festival, which organisers believe could grow to thousands of performers in years ahead, was launched this week in the Savoy Hotel and it was declared that the festival will bring together local, national and international choirs in the city for a weekend of noncompetitive singing, tours, excursions and, most importantly, fun.
“We are delighted with the reception that this new and exciting festival for the city has been receiving,” said event manager Dolores Hanly at the launch.
“Limerick is known for its strong choral tradition and beautiful musical venues and it is a great opportunity for us to share this with local, national and international audiences.
“We are confident that this inaugural celebration will become a regular annual event celebrating choral music on the city’s festival calendar,” she explained.
Accommodation for the festival - taking place Friday, May 31 to Sunday June 2, 2013 - will be provided by hotels in the city as well as residential accommodation at the University of Limerick campus.
Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerry McLoughlin welcomed the festival’s announcement.
“Some say Limerick’s heart may belong to sport, but its soul is singing and this is set to become a wonderful addition to the city’s impressive festival line up for 2013,” he declared.
“Music is a universal language and I would like to offer the warmest of Limerick welcomes to the visiting choirs who will enjoy and share in the choral spirit very evident in this city.
“I know that the experienced team behind the festival will do a terrific job hosting a series of wonderful concerts and showcasing the city’s venues,” added the city’s first citizen.
The choirs will perform in venues around the city, including St Mary’s Cathedral and a large concluding concert in the University Concert Hall on Sunday, June 2, which organisers are calling the Big Sing.
For further information on the choral festival check out www.limericksings.com.