OUR longstanding spraoi of sacred and spiritual music that is Limerick Choral Festival opens out the doors of city churches over the next three days. More than 55 choirs from as far as Mayo and Waterford will sing for pleasure and in competition.
The 2019 annual Limerick Choral Festival takes place on Friday March 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday next at the Redemptorists, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Michael’s Church on Denmark Street and Sacred Heart Church at The Crescent.
Adjudicators for the event will be Blánaid Murphy from Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral and Cork’s International Choral Festival director, John Fitzpatrick.
Limerick choirs taking part are Limerick Educate Together NS Choir, Thomond Primary School Choir, Milford NS Choir, Chimers and St. John’s Cathedral Choir.
Note the headline event this Friday at 8pm in St. Mary’s Cathedral. Limerick Chamber Choir will perform Joby Talbot’s masterpiece ‘Path of Miracles’ with Máire Keary Scanlon directing.
President over it all, Dr Michael O’Brien, himself a cantor and organ master, makes the point that “dividing into as many as 17 parts, ‘Path of Miracles’ takes both choir and audience on a musical version of the Camino di Santiago in Northern Spain.
“Written in four movements, it describes the different emotions of the pilgrim as they makes their way through four of the main posts along the journey.” Tickets on the door from 7pm.
Bookending the three days of choral harmonies and rivalries, Sacred Heart Church presents a concert at 5pm led by resident organist Trevor Selby. Free in; with a retiring collection.
See Facebook for the Festival’s scheduled events and ticket details.