Limerick Choral Union is one of the longest-established choirs in the city of Limerick and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 with a magnificent Gala Ball. Since its foundation in 1964, LCU has maintained its endeavours to encourage new talents into the choir and to continue to perform the best and most exciting choral works to its audience, under the musical direction of Malcolm Green.
LCU sees itself as an ambassador for Limerick, promoting its talents locally, nationally and internationally. The choir has toured and performed in France, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovenia, Italy and England. The choir has collaborated with many other choirs and over the years it has entered numerous competitions winning the Best Limerick Choir award in 1997.
It is a choir for both professionals and non-professionals; everyone is welcome providing they can sing in tune. We run an open audition night early in September and early January. A normal year consists of two major performances at the University Concert Hall in Limerick, participation in a choral festival, a trip abroad and an end of year mass. As well as this we perform concerts of mixed classical repertoire at the annual Limerick sings event in early Summer as well as participate in the annual Mental Health Awareness months concert in early Autumn.
Families have grown up with the choir and it has been a tradition for many members to join along with their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives. It is through this sense of belonging, pride and accomplishment that the choir continues to flourish.
LCU is a progressive choir, always learning new repertoire, singing in many languages – Irish, French, German, Latin, Italian and Russian and challenging both members and the audience to more complex and demanding choral works.
Choral Union News
2nd of December, 2017
For more than 275 years, Handel’s compelling and richly varied Messiah has held a unique place in the affections of music lovers across the English-speaking world. Its greatest choruses – such as the instantly recognisable Hallelujah, For unto us a Child is Born, All We Like Sheep and many others – are among the most popular pieces of music ever written. So rousing is the work that, during the London premiere of Messiah in 1743, King George II rose to his feet at the start of the Hallelujah chorus and remained standing until the end; a tradition that is followed around the world today. Read More…..
Directed by Mr. Malcolm Green, LCU will be accompanied by LCU Symphony orchestra and four wonderful soloists:
Roisín Walsh (Soprano) Madeleine Shaw (Alto)
Eamonn Mulhall (Tenor) David Howes (Bass)
Tickets €25 from University Concert Hall, Limerick
Over the years LCU has enjoyed trips abroad to Choral Festivals around Europe, to meet other choristers, choirs and groups who share our passion for music and singing and to perform in some beautiful, different and interesting venues.
FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE CORALE VERONA GARDA ESTATE is to be held this year from the 28th of June – 2nd of July 2018. We have had the good fortune of having travelled to this festival and region in the past and had a fantastic time. If you would like the opportunity to take part in this years festival, we will be organising numbers and flights in January and will have more information then.
In the meantime have a look at the festival website for more information.