Preparations are currently underway for Longford County Choir’s eagerly anticipated first concert of 2013. The upcoming performance will take place in St Mel’s Cathedral Centre, Longford on Sunday, May 26 at 7pm sharp and is sure to appeal to a wide ranging audience. A varied repertoire is planned for the evening, with the main work being ‘The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace’ by Karl Jenkins.
‘The Armed Man’ was a piece commissioned to celebrate the Millennium and dedicated to the victims of the war in Kosovo. The Welsh composer based the work on the Catholic mass while combining it with the 15th century French song ‘L’homme armé.(The Armed Man.’) It is a powerful choral work which uses both sacred and secular texts to convey the descent into and terrible consequences of war. Its contrasting parts are sure to entertain while also capturing the importance of music in conveying a message of peace in times of trouble in our world.
The choir are delighted to be joined on the night by an orchestra consisting of brass, strings, timpani and organ. This group of accomplished musicians will produce the most beautiful sound which will without a doubt enhance the overall performance of each piece of music. The evening also features other instrumental and choral works such as ‘The Prayer,’ ‘The Lord bless you and keep you’ and ‘Halleluiah Chorus’ from Handel’s Messiah.
Longford County Choir is in its thirteenth year of formation having been established in 2001. It has a group of hugely dedicated singers with new members welcomed each year. Throughout the years the choir has been involved in supporting many local charitable organisations through donations from their concerts. At present there are approximately fifty members who meet every Wednesday evening in St. Christopher’s in Longford. Members come from all parts of the county as well as surrounding counties. Under the distinguished and skilful guidance of musical director Fintan Farrelly, the choir has gone from strength to strength and his hard work and dedication will be evident in the high standard on the night.
The evening will offer the audience a great opportunity to hear an amazing musical work and is sure to be an enjoyable night. Tickets are available from Dennistons (Longford), Farrell & Coy (Longford), or any choir member at a cost of €10.