Limerick Choral Festival 2018 to bring over 40 choirs to the City

Hudson High School Choir, Wisconsin (USA) who will perform at Limerick Choral Festival 2018.

Limerick Choral Festival 2018 to bring over 40 choirs to the City

The 2018 annual Limerick Choral Festival takes place on Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4 at the Redemptorists, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Michael’s Church (Denmark Street), St. John’s Cathedral, and Sacred Heart Church (The Crescent). Adjudicators for the event will be Blánaid Murphy (Pro-Cathedral, Dublin) and Limerick’s own Máire Keary-Scanlon.

Among the Limerick choirs taking part will be the Limerick Educate Together NS Choir, Thomond Primary School Choir, Crecora N.S. Choir, Limerick Gospel Choir, and Sacred Heart Church Choir. Augmented by choirs from Clare, Galway, Kilkenny, Mayo, Offaly, Dublin, Cork, and Tipperary, a total contingent of over 40 choirs will make up this year’s event – performing a variety of choral pieces ranging from church/sacred music, gospel to early music and various contemporary compositions of all types.

One of the highlights of this year’s activities will be the Opening Concert to take place on Friday 2nd March at 8:00 pm in St. Mary’s Cathedral, where the acapella group ‘Ardú Vocal Ensemble’ from Dublin (under the direction of Ciarán Kelly) will be joined by ‘Limerick Chamber Choir’ (director Máire Keary-Scanlon) to give an unmissable performance of sacred and secular choral music. This an evening not to be missed and tickets (€15/€12 concessions) can be purchased online at and at the door (doors open at 7:30 pm).

Another significant event will be the Closing Concert in Sacred Heart Church (The Crescent) on Sunday, 4th March (5 pm) when the 80-strong Hudson High School Choir from Wisconsin (USA), will give a joint performance with the Limerick Youth Choir, directed by Máire Keary-Scanlon. There will also be several organ pieces performed during the concert by guest organist, Bernadette Kiely. Promises to be a wonderful evening of sacred polyphony and organ masterworks! Admission is free – but a retiring donation would be most appreciated.

Dr Michael O’Brien, President of Limerick Choral Festival Society expresses his deep appreciation to all those who have actively supported this year’s event or assisted in any way to make up such a significant programme of events. He also expressed his enthusiasm by saying ‘we are really looking forward to a wonderful weekend of choral music of the highest standards. It’s also wonderful this year to have both cathedrals on board – St. Mary’s Cathedral for the Opening Concert on Friday, 2nd March & St John’s Cathedral for the Church Choirs Competition on Saturday, 3rd March’.

All competitions and associated events over the festival weekend are open to the general public, so do please come along and enjoy the wonderful singing. You are invited to like Limerick Choral Festival on Facebook to keep abreast of all the latest news and developments.


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Limerick Choral Festival 2018

Programme of Events for Limerick Choral Festival 2018


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