Saturday 18th March 2017, 8:00pm
Anuna In Concert
From the chants of medieval monks to the words of the great modern poets, an Anúna concert is a uniquely beautiful experience that combines atmospheric costumes, candles and movement into a haunting sonic tapestry.
This performance, led by composer/artistic director Michael McGlynn, celebrates Anúna’s 30th anniversary. It will feature a span of material from the group’s varied and eclectic repertoire, including songs from the tradition, the medieval era and works composed around the writings of the great Irish poets.
The concert also includes settings of Francis Ledwidge’s poetry, celebrating the centenary of his death this year, and classics such as “Danny Boy”.
While the group is based in Dublin, Ireland, its membership is drawn from all over the world. All of their material is written or arranged for the group by McGlynn and includes reconstructions of early and medieval music from Ireland and beyond. They sing unaccompanied and without conductor, with between twelve and fourteen singers in any performance.
Anúna created the vocal ambience of Riverdance (1994-1996), achieved a Top 10 placing on the UK Singles Charts while remaining at Number 1 on the Irish singles charts for eighteen weeks. While curating the Meltdown Festival at London’s South Bank, Elvis Costello invited Anúna to perform as featured guests and in 2011 they featured on DVD and CD with the pioneering Australian children’s entertainers The Wiggles.
A number of Anúna singers have gone on to carve very successful careers as solo artists including singer-songwriter Hozier [2007 – 2012] and five of the lead soloists in the phenomenally successful Celtic Woman.
In complete contrast, as a classical choral ensemble Anúna have appeared at the World Sacred Music Festival in Morocco and at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, London. They have sung at many major classical venues including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) the main Hall of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing (2014 & 2015), Shanghai Oriental Arts Theatre (2011 & 2015), Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (2015) and the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan (2011 & 2014). They have collaborated with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland on two major concerts of McGlynn’s compositions at Dublin’s National Concert Hall (2009 & 2010).
Anúna have an active and highly successful Education & Outreach programme that has been responsible for workshops across China, Japan, Spain, Belgium, Israel, Sweden, Canada, Poland, the UK and The Netherlands. They are delighted to be delivering a workshop for this year’s Limerick Sings International Choral Festival.
Anúna have released seventeen albums since 1991 and have been featured artists on three Grammy Award-winning albums.
Don’t miss your chance to see this spell binding choral ensemble live in Limerick this St. Patrick’s weekend!
Presented by University Concert Hall
Using crystal-clear and thunderous sounds, playing with shadows and light, the ensemble creates an atmosphere of fervent richness