Local choir will perform during classical music programme at next month’s Junction Festival

Two classical music events will be part of the Clonmel Junction Festival programme this July.

Two classical music events will be part of the Clonmel Junction Festival programme this July.

The festival returns to St. Mary’s Church in Irishtown on Friday, 13th July with a sprightly programme as befits the summer season. The Festival Choir, made up of singers from town will be performing for the third year in-a-row. They will perform once again under the baton of Austrian conductor Elisabeth Attl, who will also lead a choral music concert on Saturday, 6th July in Old St. Mary’s Church.

These events are kindly sponsored by Jim Gilligan and Company Accountants, who are long-time supporters of the festival.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra has a remarkable reputation as a fresh and vibrant force on the Irish and international music scene. They make their first visit to the Clonmel festival with their 2013 summer touring programme.

The 18-strong group under the leadership of Katherine Hunka will present a programme that includes Elgar’s virtuosic masterpiece Introduction and Allegro and Tchaikovsky’s passionate, flirtatious and beguiling composition Souvenir de Florence.

The Festival Choir, which has been such a success over the last two years, will once again be led by the very popular Elizabeth Attl, a Viennese conductor who has spent many years working with the Vienna Volksoper. The theme for the choir this year is Between Heaven and Earth: choral music through the ages.

The choristers will spend 10 evenings rehearsing the concert. The first half will be the choral music from the Haydn’s mass Kleine Orgelmesse. The second half will include canons in three-part harmony, with pieces by Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn, and a selection of pieces from the young Austrian choral composer Wolfgang Sauseng.

If you are a singer and would like to take part in the Festival Choir it may not be too late yet: rehearsals start on Thursday, 28th June and will continue daily from 7pm to 9pm. Some daytime coaching may be available on request. Children are welcome and free. There is a registration fee of €60 per person (€40 concession).