Thursday 7th June 2018 - Sunday 10th June 2018
Limerick Sings International Choral Festival 2018
The 6th annual Limerick Sings International Choral Festival takes place from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th June with choristers from the US, Iceland, Norway and Estonia joining local and national choirs for a weekend of song throughout Limerick City and County.
The 4 day, non-competitive choral festival, presented by University Concert Hall and Campus Life Services, will feature four principal concerts together with workshops, Choral Trail performances and a special outdoor event in Lough Gur.
A concert by all male vocal group M’ANAM will open the festival on Thursday 7th June at University Concert Hall.
M’ANAM (translated from the Irish language “My Soul”) has grown naturally out of the extraordinary vocal ensemble that is ANÚNA. This début performance by the group will incorporate some well-known material such as Fionnghuala and The Parting Glass, together with some of the expansive and virtuosic repertoire that is the distinguishing feature of M’ANAM, such as Gúnnarsholmi – a setting from the Icelandic tradition, and Bandó Ribineann which belongs to the Scottish tradition of Mouth Music.
On Friday 8th June, the beautiful Redemptorist Church will provide the setting for Choirs In Concert, with local, national and international participating choirs performing a diverse programme of sacred, traditional and folk music.
The festival’s Gala Concert takes place in University Concert Hall on Saturday 9th June. This concert forms part of the venue’s 25th Anniversary celebrations and promises to be a high point in the calendar of all choral music fans. This prestigious concert will feature a joint performance of visiting choirs from the USA, conducted by the acclaimed Dr. Jeffrey Redding and accompanied by the Limerick Chamber Players.
The concert will also feature a keynote address and performance led by renowned, Grammy-award winning US composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, whose four “Virtual Choirs” have been viewed over 15 million times on Youtube. Limerick Youth Choir, conducted by Eric Whitacre, and the prestigious Limerick Choral Union will also perform in the Gala Concert.
The festival will come to a rousing close on Sunday 10th June with a delightful Proms Concert in the picturesque Adare village as local and visiting choirs perform varied, light programmes in Holy Trinity Abbey Church making it a wonderful family afternoon.
As well as the four featured concerts, this year’s festival will also include a much anticipated 2 hour workshop with Eric Whitacre. Singers can join the acclaimed conductor for a reading session during which he will share his insights and inspirations. The session will include an informal Q&A and attendees will also make up the demo choir.
One of Ireland’s premier choral conductors and founder-conductor of the international award-winning chamber choir New Dublin Voices, Bernie Sherlock, will also provide evaluation workshops for choirs, offering feedback on chosen pieces.
A fun Choral Trail in Limerick City and an Outdoor Chorus in the stunning surrounds of Lough Gur are other exciting elements of these four days of song in Limerick.
The Outdoor Chorus, which takes place late on the morning of Friday 8th June, will see both visiting and local choirs come together under the baton of ANÚNA’s Michael McGlynn to perform one of the composer’s own iconic pieces – with the beautiful, ancient amphitheatre of Lough Gur providing the backdrop.
A number of free performances throughout Limerick City and County on the Saturday morning and afternoon will make up this year’s fun Choral Trail.
Performing choirs at this year’s festival include;
Aoide (Limerick), County Limerick Youth Choir, Cor Cois Abhann (Cork), East Clare Community Choir, Estonian Radio Children’s Choir (Estonia), Garden Choir (Florida), Holy Trinity Abbey Church Choir (Adare, Co. Limerick), Honor Choir (Texas), Hörpukórinn / The Harp Choir (Iceland), Josefinekoret (Norway), Limerick Choral Union, Limerick Youth Choir, M’ANAM (Dublin), Milford School Choir (Limerick), Seoda, Skiens Mannssangforening (Norway), The Gunas (Co. Clare), Voices of Limerick, York College Singers (Pennsylvania).
Friday 8th June, 8.15pm
CHOIRS IN CONCERT
Sacred, traditional and folk music performed by local, national and international choirs.
Venue: Redemptorist Church Tickets: €10
Saturday 9th June, 8pm
Featuring conductors Dr. Jeffrey Redding, Eric Whitacre & Malcolm Green
Venue: University Concert Hall Tickets: €15 / Conc. €13
Sunday 10th June, 3.30pm
A light programme of song with everything from ABBA to Vivladi!
Venue: Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare Tickets: €10
Friday 8th June, 12pm
OUTDOOR CHORUS in LOUGH GUR
Saturday 9th June
Venues: Cresent Shopping Centre (11am) / Augustinians (11.30am) / Milford (2.30pm)
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June, 9.30am & 10.30am
CHORAL WORKSHOP with ERIC WHITACRE
Saturday 9th June, 2pm/3pm/4pm
EVALUATION WORKSHOP with BERNIE SHERLOCK
For Choirs. Cost varies depending on choir size.
Please contact Jennifer Flewett for further information on 061 213312.
Please click on individual concert titles for further information and booking.