St John’s Cathedral to play host to Southwest Michigan Chorale

On Saturday 17 June at 12pm Limerick Active Retirement Association will hold a special midday concert at St John’s Cathedral in Limerick. The concert will feature the Active Retired Choir from Roscrea and visiting choir the Southwest Michigan Chorale, from St Joseph, Michigan in the United States.  Admission to the concert is free.

Paddy Hyland, the Regional Outreach officer for Limerick Active Retirement, has been involved in the organisation of the concert: “We were delighted to be asked to host the choir for this special event. Singing is something anyone can take part in at whatever age’ he commented.

The programme for the concert includes a mixture of traditional African/American spirituals, traditional folk songs, Irish melodies, choral classics and popular songs, something for everyone.

The Southwest Michigan Chorale consists of 28 singers aged between 17 and 65.  It is visiting Limerick as part of an eight-day Irish tour and it will be the first time that the choir has travelled to Europe. The chorale will be conducted by both David Carew, director of the Citadel Symphony Chorus and Director of Choral Activities at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan and James Kraus, Minister of Music as St. Joseph First United Methodist Church and Director of Choirs at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan

“We are delighted to be singing together with the choir from Roscrea Active Retired in the  magnificent St John’s Cathedral,” said James Kraus. “Sharing our music and love of singing with the people of Limerick will be a wonderful start to our visit to the Ireland,” he continued.

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For further information contact :  or Paddy Hyland – Regional Outreach Officer at or phone: 087 220 7974