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2024 Limerick Sings International Choral Festival opens on Thursday, May 30 and continues from Friday, June 7 to Sunday 9

Choristers from around Europe join local and national choirs for 2024 Limerick Sings International Choral Festival

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The 2024 Limerick Sings festival opens Thursday 30th May with Young Voices which will feature a number of local and regional youth choirs

The 2024 Limerick Sings International Choral Festival opens on Thursday, May 30 and continues from Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9 with choristers from around Europe joining local and national choirs for a weekend of song throughout Limerick City and County and the surrounding region. The 3-day non-competitive choral festival, presented by University Concert Hall, Limerick will feature three principal concerts together with workshops, Choral Trail performances and a special Outdoor Chorus at the Cliffs of Moher. 

The Festival opens on Thursday 30th May with Young Voices which will feature a number of local and regional youth choirs. Each choir will perform a short collection of songs from their own repertoire before joining together to sing as one choir under the baton of acclaimed Musical Director Máire Keary-Scanlon. The concert will be presented by Liz Nolan, RTÉ Lyric FM.

The Festival is delighted this year to welcome The Swingles as the 2024 guest international choral group. The Swingles are one of the world’s most admired and loved vocal groups, and their stylish, classy shows take them to venues and festival stages across the world. They have earned five Grammy® Awards and are recipients of multiple prestigious international accolades. With generations of fans from their live performances and appearances on film and TV soundtracks, The Swingles’ are as relevant today as when Ward Swingle started the group nearly six decades ago. RTÉ lyric fm’s Liz Nolan will present the concert on Friday 7th June. 


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On Saturday 8th June, the beautiful Redemptorist Church, Limerick will host An Evening of Choirs in Concert. Local and international choirs will perform a diverse programme of sacred, traditional and folk songs including Caccini’s Ave Maria, Steal Away, and Who is Sylvia? By George Shearing based around the words of William Shakespeare, to name but a few. The concert will feature a performance by award-winning chamber choir New Dublin Voices.

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Pictured is the 2023 Limerick Sings Outdoor Chorus Festival choir with Ruaidhri O Dalaigh at the Cliffs of Moher

This year’s delightful Afternoon Proms Concert, closing out the festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of St John’s Cathedral and will feature a light choral programme performed by local and visiting choirs. Expect everything from pop to classical, sung in English, Polish, French, Breton, and Afrikaans – the perfect Sunday afternoon of song to round off the 2024 Limerick Sings Festival! An Evening of Choirs in Concert and the Afternoon Proms Concert will be presented by RTÉ lyric fm’s Lorcan Murray. 

As well as the three featured concerts, this year’s Festival will also include a highly anticipated workshop led by The Swingles on Friday 7th June afternoon at 4.30pm. This will be a truly empowering session that gets to the heart of what musicality means! With fun warm-ups, followed by improvisation games and listening exercises, participants will soon find themselves composing musical masterpieces on the fly. 

On Saturday morning, singers will enjoy a fun rehearsal workshop at University Concert Hall led by acclaimed conductor Bernie Sherlock and members of New Dublin Voices. The group will then travel to perform the piece against the beautiful backdrop of the iconic Cliffs of Moher for the Festival’s Outdoor Chorus.  

The Festival is also delighted to welcome renowned UK choral conductor and vocal coach Craig Lees for a Wake Up, Shake Up! Workshop on Sunday morning, 9th June. The focus will be on fun, and the joy of singing together, and this workshop will get everyone feeling energised and focused for the rest of the day!

Across the weekend choirs will lead a free, fun-filled Choral Trail with pop up performances at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Milford Care Centre. 

Performing choirs at this year’s Festival include Aoide Voices, Cantette, Cór na Scoile Gaelscoil an Ráithín, Kildysart Children’s Choir, Kan an Odet, Kingswood Community Choir, Knot Another Choir, Limerick Chamber Choir, Limerick Choral Union, Mary Immaculate College Community Choir, Milford National School Choir, The Studio Singers, Thomond Primary School Choir, Uproar Choir, and Voices of Limerick.

Presented by University Concert Hall, Limerick with support from Limerick City & County Council, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, Arts Council, Sing Ireland and Limerick Leader.

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