Top German choir for Marist concert

Top German choir for Marist concert

Gene Yore @DundalkDemocrat

Music lovers are in for a treat on Sunday 15 May when Clermont Chorale presents an afternoon concert at the Marist Church at 5pm where they will welcome Chor Levantate from Ulm, Germany for their first visit to Dundalk.

Irene Barr, musical director of Clermont Chorale explained how the collaboration came about. “One of our choir members, Brian McIvor, has a long-standing friendship with a member of Chor Levantate and when the choir was planning a trip to Ireland, a concert with Clermont in Dundalk was suggested.

“Since last August we have been working on the arrangements for the concert in the Marist Church where each choir will perform their own programme and will then join together for a selection of Irish/German pieces including The Parting Glass, The Sally Gardens and Der Lindenbaum.”

Formed in 1984, Chor Levantate is based in Ulm in Southern Germany about an hour from Munich.

The choir supports humanitarian projects and organisations through performances and has travelled to Japan, Chile, Portugal, Spain and the USA. Clermont Chorale is delighted to welcome 45 members of the choir to Dundalk and we look forward to our visit to Ulm in October this year for a performance in their concert hall. Joining them in the Sunday 15 May concert in the Marist Church is the traditional Irish music group, Distillery Lane. Comprising renowned uilleann piper Darragh Ó Héiligh, fiddle player and singer Noreen McManus, and Melissa Hayes who plays a variety of instruments.

This group is based in Dundalk and has been entertaining audiences with a unique blend of styles and sounds. “We are really looking forward to a wonderful afternoon of music-making on Sunday May 15th at 5pm in the Marist Church,” said Brian.

Tickets €12 and €10 concession are available from any Clermont member: from Brendan Marmion’s on Clanbrassil St or at the door. Enquiries 086-8513742.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Maria Goretti Children’s Respite Centre, Lordship.