Local children from Limerick schools including some from Regeneration Areas will join with performers from the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick (UL), the Irish Chamber Orchestra and guests to perform for His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama who will visit UL on Thursday 14th April to deliver special address entitled 'The Power of Forgiveness.'
The Irish Chamber Orchestra's Youth Chorus, which is made up from Limerick Schools, including two from Regeneration Areas will perform a new song which has been especially written for the Dalai Lama's visit to Limerick city. Comprised of 30 children from Maria King Presentation Primary School, the Galvone National School and St Mary's Boys School the Irish Chamber Orchestra Youth Chorus has been working together to discuss one of the Dalai Lama's key messages 'forgiveness'. Together with the Irish Chamber Orchestra's Education Officer, Kathleen Turner, they have composed a piece of music entitled 'Forgiveness is a Gift' (The Dalai Lama's Mission). In this unique performance, the children will sing this piece with Academos Irish World Academy Strings, members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and students of UL's BA in Voice and Dance.
The programme of music to welcome the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people will include performances by Kenneth Edge, a Dublin Saxophonist, performing with Academos Irish World Academy Strings, the Monks of Glenstal Abbey performing with acclaimed spiritual singer Nóirín Ní Riain, Cantoral the Irish World Academy's female chant ensemble, acclaimed London-based Islamic singer Razia Sultanova and South African Cantor, Alwyn Shulman.
The Dalai Lama's Public Address entitled 'The Power of Forgiveness' will be delivered to an audience of over 3,100 and will take place from 9.00am to 11.30am at the University Arena. This special event is being organised in conjunction with Children in Crossfire a charity established by Richard Moore, a long time friend of the Dalai Lama.
All tickets for this event have been sold. However, the Dalai Lama's public address can be viewed live online at www.ul.ie/dalailama on 14th April from 9.20am.
A free park and ride service will be available to all ticket holders from 7:15am leaving from the Dell Car Park located in the National Technology Park in Castletroy near the University. Due to the large numbers expected at this event, attendees requiring parking will be directed to this park and ride facility