Limerick Sings International Choral Festival returns

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The annual Limerick Sings International Choral Festival will take place from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June, with choristers from Europe joining local and national choirs for a weekend of song throughout Limerick city and county.

The 3 day, non-competitive choral festival, presented by University Concert Hall, will feature three principal concerts together with workshops, Choral Trail performances and a special Outdoor Chorus at the Cliffs of Moher.

The Festival is delighted to present Tenebrae as the 2022 guest choral group.
Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, renowned for its passion, precision and its highly-acclaimed interpretations of choral music ranging from the Renaissance through to contemporary choral masterpieces. Conducted by Nigel Short, this concert will be presented by RTÉ lyric fm’s Lorcan Murray on Friday 10th June.

On Saturday 11th June, the beautiful Redemptorist Church will host An Evening of Choirs In Concert. Local and international choirs will perform a diverse programme of sacred, traditional and folk songs including For The Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter, Beethoven’s Sanctus and Rhythm of Life by Coleman to name but a few.

This year’s Afternoon Proms Concert takes place in the picturesque village of Adare on the afternoon of Sunday 12th June when audiences can enjoy a light programme with everything from pop and folk to classical and traditional favourites such as The Parting Glass, I’m Bound Away and Eric Whitacre’s The Seal Lullaby. An Evening of Choirs In Concert and the Afternoon Proms Concert will be presented by RTÉ lyric fm’s Liz Nolan.

As well as the three featured concerts, this year’s festival will also include a highly anticipated workshop on Friday evening at 5pm. The Tenebrae Effect will be a unique session, offering a fascinating insight into choral singing, and the techniques, which make Tenebrae’s sound so distinctive. It will also offer a glimpse into the concert repertoire and is designed to challenge and advance every participant.

On Saturday morning singers will enjoy a fun rehearsal/ workshop at University Concert Hall under acclaimed Irish conductor David Brophy. The group will then travel to perform the piece, conducted by David, against the beautiful backdrop of the Cliffs of Moher for the Festival’s Outdoor Chorus.

On Sunday morning, singers can join us from all over the world for an online workshop – delivered via zoom – with Lucy Champion of Anuna.

A free, fun Choral Trail will also take place with pop up performances at Bunratty Castle and Milford Care Centre across the weekend.

Performing choirs at this year’s festival include;
Aoide Voices, Belle Voci, Clontempo, The Gúnas, Killaloe Male Voice Choir, Kingswood Community Choir, Limerick Chamber Choir, Limerick Choral Union, Limerick Youth Choir, Neuer Kammerchor Heidenheim.

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