'Your 5 minute call ladies' .
Conductor Malcolm Greene
|Hungarian Cello Duo Livia and Peter|
Mezzo Soprano Pauline Frizelle
Bass Eunan MacDonald
Bach Cantata 140 Wachet Auf Bach
Handel Zadok the Priest
Handel Arrival of Queen of Sheeba
Bach Jesu Joy
Handel Halleluia Chorus
Limerick Choral Union gave its' annual Christmas performance at UCH Limerick last week on 9th December. It was a warm and convivial evening and there was the usual full house for the annual Christmas offering of this large choir. I always enjoy playing for this well organised outfit and the choir sounded well. I most enjoyed playing the Bach canata a work I knew well as it was on my school music syllabus back in 79 ( Who can forget Leo McKern and the Lloyds Bank TV ad; yes, the one with the black 'horse outside'! ) I have not had much opportunity to play a complete cantata and the music is glorious. More of these Malcolm please! The soloists are splendid and husband and wife team Eunan and aptly named Mary, clearly expecting a happy event add a Nativity air to the proceedings
The oboe section shine tonight , Peter and young Lucas who I remember hearing in a youth orchestra about 5 years ago when he must have been about 10 or 11 and being impressed by. I was glad to meet John Daly of the eponymous Big Band who was on timps tonight. Livia on continuo is the lynchpin of the string section for this repertoire and Oonaghs solo violin obligato aound soprano and bass vocal lines in the third movement aria of the cantata is beautiful .
An exciting year ahead, it seems for the LCU with plans to play with Karl Jenkins and I am looking forward to Mendelssohn's Eli,jah in April.
|Viola duo Me and Joacim|
|Oboe Duo Peter and Lucas|
|Oboe warm up exercises|