Celebrating twenty harmonious years of the Limerick Cantette Children’s Choir

Since its humble beginnings twenty years ago, Cantette Children’s Choir has gone from strength to strength.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this wonderful choir, children of all ages came together on November 3 in St. Mary’s Cathedral to showcase their talent.

The concert started at 8pm with a chorus song, and lasted around two hours with solos and clarinet and violin ensembles.

Photo: Dixon Tang, Limerick Voice

The choir’s founder and conductor, Máire Keary-Scanlon, welcomed everybody taking part in the concert and introduced the choir to the audience.

“I am really happy with the performance today, I saw lots of familiar faces in the audience, most of who I didn’t know would come in until the last minute,” Máire said.

This choir started with nine children from the Raheen, Dooradoyle and Ballinacurra areas, but now there is an average of 35 children in the choir every year starting at just six years of age.

Photo: Dixon Tang, Limerick Voice

“The concert is to show what all past choir members have been doing in the last twenty years. They moved on, but they are still playing and they are still singing,” Máire added.

Besides the surrounding residents, many parents were sitting in the audience to support their children.

According to Máire, the parents of the Cantette singers have been the “backbone” of the choir.

“They have brought children to and from rehearsals every Saturday afternoon, often coming straight from football or rowing or basketball,” she said.

Photo: Dixon Tang, Limerick Voice

“I just want to thank everybody who was involved and helping to get it up and running because it’s not easy thing to do on my own, particularly those past members and parents bringing their children to the rehearsal,” she added.

Audience member Michael Ryan said: “The concert is very good and they did a very nice performance. It is great to see there are kids all over city and their parents and friends come along together to support their performance.”

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