Hands up for Handel’s Messiah

Guinness Choir descends on Clifden Arts Festival 2013

The Guinness Choir will form part of an impressive line-up of national and international artistic talent for this year’s 36th Clifden Arts Festival. Performing Handel’s Messiah, the Guinness Choir will delight the audience on Saturday, September 21 in St Joseph’s Church, Clifden from 8.15pm. Accompanying the Guinness Choir for their debut Clifden Arts Festival performance will be some of Ireland’s and the world’s leading soloists including Cara O’Sullivan (soprano ), Tanya Sewell (alto ), Christopher Bowen (tenor ) and John Milne (bass ).

Running from September 19 to 26, the West of Ireland’s most prominent and longest running community arts festival is renowned for generating the very best in artistic and literary talent. The Guinness Choir has in its repertoire eight of the major Handel oratorios as well as many of his anthems and other works, which is quite unique in the Irish amateur choral scene. Their performance of Handel’s Messiah promises to thrill audiences with the magnificent chorus, as the glorious combination of words and music rises higher and higher.

This year’s highlights include musical performances by Sharon Shannon; Mary Coughlan; Cherish the Ladies, a one man show from acting talent Pat Canavan; readings from literary greats including Carol Ann Duffy, Dermot Bolger, Diarmaid Ferriter, Kevin Myers, and Eimear O’Connor; theatrical circus performances from Lux-e and Fidget Feet; and comedy with Kevin McAteer. Full details and ticket sales can be found online at www.clifdenartsweek.ie

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