Sligo Orpheus Choir will mark both the 400th anniversary of the town’s borough charter and the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking with their annual Spring performance in Sligo Cathedral on May 25.
Ahead of the launch, the choir were met by Mayor Rosaleen O’Grady at a civic reception in City Hall on Wednesday last.
The choir has a proud history of performances since it was founded in 1975. An amateur choir with a professional outlook, its members are drawn from all over County Sligo, and indeed some come from surrounding counties.
The choir presents three concerts per year – the proms in November, a Christmas ‘Carols by candlelight’ concert and the highlight, the Spring concert.
This year’s concert is one of their most ambitious yet. The programme is entitled “Hallelujah” and will feature music “from Handel to Leonard Cohen”.
To mark the 400 years that Sligo’s Borough Charter has been in existence, the programme features music from the last four centuries, from Handel’s beautiful “Hallelujah” Chorus and the glorious music of Mozart, Faure and Beethoven, to more modern creators like Leonard Cohen.
And to mark the Titanic anniversary, the choir have commissioned an arrangement of James Horner’s music from the film “Titanic” for Orchestra and Uillean Pipes, in memory of the Sligo people and the many Irish passengers who sailed on the ill-fated ship.
Performing with the Orpheus Choir will be the Sligo Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Austin McManus, and soloists Mary Doran (Mezzo Soprano) and Tara Finn (uilleann pipes).
Mayor O’Grady thanked the choir for their long-standing dedication and for agreeing to be one of a trilogy of concerts commemorating the signing of the Charter of Sligo in 1612.
Tickets for this performance cost E15 from Hawk’s Well Theatre Booking Office on 071-9161518. The concert in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception takes place on Friday, May 25 at 8pm.