THE Limerick Sings Festival is set to bring international choristers and local choirs together for a ‘big sing’ weekend this month.
The festival takes place from Friday to Sunday, June 26-28 next and features two great concerts in St Mary’s Cathedral and University Concert Hall.
On Saturday, a Choral Extravaganza will take place in St Mary’s Cathedral at 8pm with a programme of classical, gospel and popular arrangements from visiting and local choirs.
The Sunday afternoon sees the University Concert Hall host a Summer Prom with all choirs at 3.30pm.
Limerick Sings was set up by hotels in the region and the UCH to create an event which would attract visiting choirs to Limerick. Now in its third year, the non-competitive festival welcomes choirs from Spokane, Manchester, Dundalk and visitors from the Swedish choir, Korena Spontana, Goteborg.
Local choirs joining the programme include Voices of Limerick, Unity Gospel Choir and Seoda. The festival has joined forces with Irish woman, Zoe Franciscus, from Wexford and now based in Seattle, who founded Perform International, a leading choir and orchestra tour company which brings choirs and orchestras all over the world.
“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,” she said.