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Two concerts are announced for the Lismorahaun Singers this Spring: first one in Ennis on Saturday May 3rd in St. Columba's Church, Bindon Street and the second one on Sunday May 4th in the church in Ballyvaughan. Both concerts start at 8 pm.

Over the years the Lismorahaun Singers have reached out to music makers far and wide, developing contacts and lasting friendships around the globe. This spring the choir will be visiting the magnificent northern Italian city of Bologna and will perform there in concert along with Bolognese choir Mikrokosmos. Later in the summer Mikrokosmos will travel to Clare and will be hosted by the Lismorahaun Singers in the Burren.

As preparation for the Italian visit the Lismorahaun will give two concerts in Clare over the May Bank holiday. Under the title 'POP! goes Lismorahaun', these concerts will give an idea of the flavour of the new Lismorahaun ensemble material as well as showcasing the talents of soloists Kate Daly, Katie O'Donohue, Ailbhe Howard, Ben Escorcio, Marcus Escorcio and Ruth Kelly. Over the years the Lismorahaun Singers have made themselves an iconic sound of the Burren. Originating in gatherings of friends and neighbours around the parlour piano in choir director Archie Simpson's home, Lismorahaun House, the choir has grown in size, stature, accomplishment and ambition. Sunday by Sunday the choir have come together to learn, to sing, to rehearse and and to enter into the simple but profound pleasure of exploring great music and giving it voice. Under Archie's guidance the choir has nurtured some extraordinairy talent; Naomi O’Connell, Dean Power, Peter O’Donohue, Ruth Kelly, Ailbhe Howard, Katie O’Donohue, Kate Daly, Ben and Marcus Escorcio , many of whom now pursue professional singing careers.

From Handel's Messiah to John Lennon's Imagine; from performances with the London Symphony Chorus to singing to cattle being driven to the high pastures at the Burren Drovers' Festival; through changing faces/voices, numbers, age profiles, repertoire and through many years the Lismorahaun has provided a cultural and creative haven for those who love music, love coming together to make music and love to sing. Bologna's Mikrokosmos singers also have a story of song to tell. For, whether in the sparsely populated west of Ireland or among Bologna's million strong population, a choir is a place to meet and share. Founded in 2004 by Maestro Michele Napolitano the Mikorkosmos Multi Ethnic Choir of Bologna came together with the aim of promoting the interaction of foreign citizens and contributing to interaction an communication between people of different cultures. Using folk music from around the worl, Mikrokosmos has united people with different cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds. Up to the present has given over a hundred and fifteen concerts and has founded its own cultural organisation and has developed the 'Mikrokosmos dei Piccoli' multiethnic choir for elementary schoolchildren. The Mikrokosmos visit to Clare will give Clare song lovers a chance to experience their eclectic mix of world musics for themselves.

Concerts: Ennis on Saturday May 3rd in St. Columba's Church, Bindon Street and on Sunday May 4th in the church in Ballyvaughan. Both concerts start at 8 pm. Tickets can be bought on the door or from Mulqueen's in Ennis, The Guru Tea House, Ennistymon. Mooneys, Ballyvaughan. The Russell Gallery, New Quay. Healing Harvest, Kinvara.
Contact: Phil Gaston 0860872983 for information.
Lismorahaun Website: http://lismorahaunsingers.com/
Mikrokosmos Website: http://www.mikrokosmos-cm.it/
The Lismorahaun Singers will also be taking part in the Limerick Sings International Choral Festival which will be held in Limerick over the June Bank Holiday Weekend (May 30 -June 02) 2014.