The Limerick Fling

The Limerick Fling

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 8.00pm

This Thursday the Irish World Academy is hosting The Limerick Fling - the Annual Showcase of talents from students and faculty alike - a BIG event for a great cause - Limerick Marine Search and Rescue!

Award-winning artists join students and faculty of the Irish World Academy for a special concert music, song and dance in support of Limerick Marine Search and Rescue at the University Concert Hall, Limerick.

One hundred performers from five continents will come together to celebrate all the creativity, talent and passion that the Irish World Academy has to offer in a unique concert held in the University Concert Hall on Thursday November 7th at 8pm. The Academy’s faculty and students will be joined by acclaimed musician and Songwriter John Spillane and the incredible aerialists from the Irish Aerial Creation Centre.



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Why I gave the above rating: 

The Limerick Fling is an annual concert showcase by the students and staff of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. The academy now has a wide range of courses across traditional music, dance, composition, songwriting, classical strings and more, and over one hundred students participated in the concert.

Presented by Carl Corcoran, the concert began with inventive arrangements and some excellent singing and playing by the Traditional Music Ensemble. This was followed by a lively set by Cathal O Curráin, who is a fourth year student of the BA in traditional music, performing on fiddle with dancing from Sabra MacGillivray from Nova Scotia. Annabelle Buttery sang ‘Dear Molly’, a jazz-inflected song about climate change by Graham McCarthy. Students of the contemporary dance degree performed to new music collectively composed by the composition students. Jennifer de Brun gave an amazing aerial dance on a large metal spiral hanging from the ceiling of the University Concert Hall. Students of the MA in Classical Strings performed a range of movements while they played Schumann’s Kinderszenen, twisting and moving with the music, and then wore head-torches and moved in the dark for a performance of Strauss’ Pizzicato Polka – a really unique presentation of classical music. A duet of harp and cello accompanied New York dancer Kelsey Schuhle. There was also a special guest, John Spillane, who gave a solo performance and had all of UCH singing his song ‘Passage West’. The concert finished with the IWAMD Chamber Choir performing Chilcott and Jenkins, and then the IWAMD Gospel Choir and all students performing a version of Elbow’s ’ One Day Like This’, conducted by Katherine Turner.

This was my first time attending the Limerick Fling. It’s a really professional concert, well attended by the local community, and enjoyable from start to finish. It really does show how much young musical talent there is in the country, and all proceeds went to Limerick Marine Search and Rescue.

The concert took place on the first anniversary of the death of founder of the academy Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and there was a moment of silence and warm applause for his memory.

Nov 10, 2019

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