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56th Cork International Choral Festival 2010

I can hardly believe that the May bank holiday and the Cork International Choral Festival is upon us once again but it is and what a weekend it’s going to be!

The festival is in it’s 56th year and runs from Wednesday to Sunday next with a huge variety of choral styles and performances from all over the world taking part. A few weeks ago one or two people who were interested in going along this year asked me to give a heads up for what I think are the highlights and events worth going along to so now that the programme is out and tickets on sale here’s my quick guide to the cream of the crop for 2010:

Opening Gala Concert – A Tribute to Aloys Fleischmann

When: Wednesday 28th April 2010, 8pm, City Hall, Cork

Volalists from Cork (Fleischmann Choir) and Dachau (Liedertafel)  join forces with the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra for a spectacular performance at City Hall as part of the continuing Fleischmann Centenary celebrations. Read more about the programme here.


When: Thursday 29th April 2010, 8pm, City Hall

Scala are a 200-strong girls choir (ranging in age from 16 to 26) from Belgium who have gained huge popularity since their foundation by the Kolacny brothers in 1996. What started out as some vocal experimentation has given the choir a huge international reputation and fame as one of the world’s most popular “rock choirs”. The last time that Scala performed in Ireland was at the 2006 festival so don’t miss out on your opportunity to hear this wonderful contemporary, edgy and youthful sound!

The National Chamber Choir of Ireland : To Music

When: Friday 30th April 2010, 7.30pm, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

One of the country’s most distinguished and highly regarded choirs The National Chamber Choir of Ireland are attending this year’s festival as the Choir in Residence. They will be performing ‘To Music’ – the first of two cathedral shows on the bill for Friday evening – in the beautiful surroundings of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. The programme will also feature two world première performances. More information on the evening’s repertoire is available here.

Evocations: Anuna

When: Friday 30th April, 10.30pm at the Cathedral of St. Mary & St. Anne (North Cathedral), Cork

One of Ireland’s most celebrated and internationally successful choirs will be giving the second of the cathedral performances on Friday night when they perform ‘Evocations’ – a collection of medieval and Celtic song.

Fleischmann International Trophy Competition

Where: Saturday 1st May, 3pm & 8pm, City Hall, Cork

At the heart of the festival is the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy Competition which is held in two parts on Saturday. The competition this year will feature choirs from Norway, The Philippines, Finland, The Czech Republic, Germany, Singapore, Japan and Ireland! If that doesn’t guarantee a fantastic array of choral performances and styles I don’t know what will! The Choir in Residence (The National Chamber Choir of Ireland) will also be performing on the day along with other international choirs. You can hear samples of each choir in action as well as review the running order of both heats of the competition here.

Closing Gala Concert

Where: Sunday 2nd May 2010, 8pm, City Hall, Cork

This event is probably the most fun, entertaining and enjoyable of all the programme as the choirs and conductors relax and let their hair down after with competition now behind them. Last year’s closing concert featured some of the most jaw-dropping choral performances I have ever heard so fingers crossed that this year will be  just as spectacular. Find out more about who is taking part here.

So there you have it – my recommendations for a busy choral weekend in Cork city. There’s absolutely loads of events including public performances, seminars and workshops on all over Cork city and the suburbs so take a look at the day by day guide here to see what’s on.

Go grab your tickets so you don’t end up disappointed & hopefully see you there!

Cork International Choral Festival 2010

The 56th annual Cork International Choral Festival is taking place next year from April 28th to May 2nd.

The programme of gala concerts has just been announced and includes:

  • Gala Opening Concert – Fleischmann Choir, Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra and the Dachau Liedertafel Choir present Gala Fleischmann Concert
  • National Chamber Choir of Ireland
  • Anúna
  • Fleischmann International Trophy Competition
  • Closing Gala Concert

12 choirs have been selected from around the world to participate in the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy Competition. Finland, Germany, Japan, Singapore, The Czech Republic, Norway, Slovenia, Philippines and Ireland will all be represented.

If you and your choir want to take part in National Competitions, you’ve got until January 31st to submit your application – all the info is here.

Looking forward to it already!

Festive Fix #3 – choirs, carols and Christmasness

I had a fabulous time at the Gloria annual Christmas concert last night. It was my first time hearing them and my gosh can they sing?! They had a lovely repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs, some of which I’d never heard of before and made the experience all the more refreshing. If you missed the gigs this week well you’ll be tickled to know they’ve got a special Christmas album that you can order via the website or download on iTunes.

Looking forward to their 15th anniversary gig at the National Concert Hall in June 2010 already. By the way, they’re looking for sopranos and basses to join them – all the info is here.

If you fancy catching some carols over the next while here’s some of what’s on around Dublin:

National Concert Hall

  • Wed 16, Thurs 17 & Fri 18 at 8pm – Hanel’s Messiah (returns only)
  • Sun 20 Dec at 3.15 PM & 8pm – Christmas Carol Singalong
  • Mon 21 Dec at 3.15 PM & 8pm – Carols by Candlelight
  • Tue 22 Dec at 3.15 PM & 8pm – The Glory Of Christmas

Tickets for all these events can be booked at www.nch.ie.

Christchurch Cathedral

Pro Cathedral

  • Sun 20 at 3.30pm – Carol Service with The Palestrina Choir & St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir (in aid of Temple St. Hospital)

Dublin Gospel Choir

  • 19 Dec at 11.30am – 12pm at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre
  • 19 Dec at 1 – 2pm at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre

Immanuel Church

If you know of any more choral goings on over the next week or so, pop em in a comment below – would love to add them in.

Happy singing!

Sing your heart out!

The syllabus and entry forms for the Cork International Choral Festival 2010 are now online. There’s a range of categories to choose from and the competition brings together a fantastic mix of both national and international choirs every year.

You can download the syllabus here or read about my trip down to Cork for the 2009 festival earlier in the year. Really looking forward to going back in 2010!

In other choral news, the fabulous Gardiner Street Gospel Choir return to their usual slot of 7.30 at St. Francis Xavier’s Church on Gardiner St this coming Sunday the 13th – simply can’t wait :)

First brought to my attention by Darragh on Culch.ie, here’s a wonderful interpretation of Toto’s Africa by Perpetuum Jazzile which I think goes to show how awesome choral sounds can be. Happy weekend everyone.