The Limerick Choral Union and orchestra in full flow at the University Concert Hall. It returns to the venue on May 8
FITTINGLY, the day that Limerick Choral Union will offer its tribute to the centenary of 1916, is also the 100th anniversary of the execution of Con Colbert, the Castlemahon man shot in Kilmainham on May 8 for his part in the Easter Rising.
Limerick Remembers 1916 is the 110 strong choir’s offering to the commemoration of the seminal moment in Irish history and will do so by performing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
The choral union said it was “proud to remember and the mark the event with such an amazing work”.
The choir, which marked 50 years of song in 2014, last performed the piece in 1972, which it says has not been performed in Munster since. Leading Irish soprano Cara O’Sullivan will return to perform with the choral union, which has assembled a typically impressive cast and the full forces of the LCU Choir and Orchestra and soloists, also including Sarah-Ellen Murphy, Lawrence Thackeray and Jeffrey Ledwidge, plus the Coláiste Muire School Choir from Ennis, conducted by Carmel Griffin, who will open the concert in the UCH with some much loved melodies.
The choir, operating under the baton of conductor Malcolm Green, is embedded in the musical fabric of Limerick and performs a number of concerts in Limerick annually, most recently Handel’s Messiah for its annual Christmas concert.
The oratorio choir, based in the heart of the city, aims to make choral singing “accessible, enjoyable and rewarding for the singers and audience alike”.
LCU, it says, sees itself “as an ambassador for Limerick and Ireland, promoting its talents locally, nationally and internationally”, performing in recent years in France, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Bulgaria and England, collaborating with many other choirs and orchestras.
A choir for both professionals and non-professionals, it promotes the benefit of singing for mental health, declaring that “singing is good for you”. The progressive organisation seeks constantly to update its repertoire, singing in many languages and challenging both members and audiences to more complex and demanding choral works.
Limerick Remembers 1916 takes place in the UCH on Sunday, May 8 at 8pm. Tickets are €25 and are available from the UCH, see www.uch.ie for more.