Limerick Sings International Choral Festival invites choirs of all traditions and nationalities to come together for a weekend of non-competitive singing in spectacular venues featuring King John’s Castle, St Mary’s Cathedral and University Concert Hall, Limerick. The festival will take place from 10th June – 13th June 2016. Full programme brochure will be available shortly.

The programme for the festival is as follows:

Friday, 10th June 
Arrival of choirs throughout the day at the various accommodations. Choirs will be provided with a package which will include a city map and all information regarding the programme for the weekend.
4.30pm The opening of Limerick Sings Festival and a welcome reception will take place in King John’s Castle in Limerick City, with an opportunity for choirs to sing one piece impromptu if they wish
6-7 pm                 Rehearsal for Concert in St Mary’s Cathedral
8.00pm       Celebratory Concert of selected choirs in St Mary’s Cathedral
10.30pm Post concert Festival Club in Dolan’s Bar Limerick


Saturday, 11th June 
7.30am Option of dawn chorus and walk on the Living Bridge at University of Limerick campus
8.30am Breakfast in your accommodation
9.30-1pm Experience the lively atmosphere of Limerick’s Saturday market
11.00am Option of walking tour of Limerick option with visits to the Hunt Museum/ tour of King John’s Castle arranged at group rates on request. Half day or full day tours to local areas of interest on request.
6-7.30pm Pre concert dinners arranged in the Pavilion Club /Stables Club on request (At extra cost of €20-30)
8.00pm Gala Festival Concert in University Concert Hall led by US choirs conducted directed by Jeffrey Benson performing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass followed by leading Limerick choir Limerick Choral Union performing work by Karl Jenkins
10.30pm Festival Club on campus in the Pavilion Club with refreshments and informal sing song with local choristers.


Sunday, 12th June 
10.00am Option of early morning walk around the spectacular campus of the University of Limerick, with tour of the Art Collections and complimentary coffee in Plassey House.
10.30am Rehearsal for afternoon Choral concert of massed choirs in UCH. Lunch options arranged on request
12.00pm Rehearsal for afternoon Choral Prom Concert in Killaloe. Lunch options arranged on campus at extra charge €10-15 on request
2.30pm Transport provided to Killaloe on Lough Derg
3.30pm Choral  Summer Prom Concert in medieval cathedral of Killaloe featuring  a variety of song
6.00pm Return to campus and Summer Barbecue and sing song to close Limerick Sings Festival and bid farewell to all choirs.


Monday, June 29th
  • Optional tours as requested such as Kilkenny or Cork City, the Wild Atlantic Way including Cliff of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Lakes of Killarney, Galway and Connemara.
  • Choirs depart
  • Slán abhaile! (Safe home)