Cork International Choral Festival is one of Europe's premier choral festivals. In 2013 Cork will once again welcome choirs from across the world for a programme of gala concerts, schools concerts, national and international competition, and world-class performances. Thousands of participants will bring the city to life for a celebration of choral music in all its many forms. Incorporating a strong competitive element, the festival also provides a unique opportunity to witness top Irish and international choirs competing in the beautiful setting of Cork City Hall. Competitions run throughout the festival, with the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy Competition, a premier prize in European choral music, providing a thrilling climax to a jubilant five days of song. In addition, visiting choirs from around the world will bring song and laughter to a diverse range of venues as part of the Choral Trail, where voices spill out from restaurants, bars, galleries and public spaces across the city.
Cork International Choral Festival Presents
CORK INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL TUNED UP
TO BRING A CITY TO LIFE WITH SONG...
Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th May, 2013
This May, Cork International Choral Festival, one of Europe's premier choral festivals, is set to revive Cork city’s senses with some of the finest vocal music around. The Festival’s unique recipe offers a plethora of top Irish and international choirs, blending them with world renowned international artists, a dash of diverse global vocal traditions and cultures, whisking together a five day melting pot of thrilling competitions, sumptuous Gala Concerts, and lively city and county-wide events. Whether you’re a choral aficionado or simply looking for a new musical experience, let the festival take you on an inspiring musical journey this May Bank Holiday.
The Opening Gala Concert on Wednesday 1st May in Cork City Hall opens with The Band of the First Southern Brigade, an elite band of musicians of the Defence Forces, who are set to offer a diverse programme of musical treats prior to an evocative performance of Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time by the Fleischmann Choir and Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra.
The next Gala Concert on Thursday 2nd May will see one of Europe’s finest vocal ensembles enthral audiences at Cork Opera House. The Real Group, an a cappella group and Sweden’s number one, is one of the leading forces on the vocal music scene today offering a diverse programme of music from the sacred to the serene to the sassy.
Friday 3rd May will showcase not only the finest of vocal ensembles from Ireland and the UK but also the glorious surrounds of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne. At 7.30pm, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral will be brought to life with Ireland’s premier vocal group and the Festival’s choir in residence, The National Chamber Choir of Ireland. Premiered on the night will be a commissioned piece from up-and-coming composer Enda Bates, as well as a performance of the winning composition from the 2013 Séan Ó Riada Competition for Irish composers.
Later that evening at 10.30pm the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, the perennial Festival favourite late night concert Evocations will feature The Songmen. One of the UK’s finest and most versatile a cappella groups, The Songmen possess a wealth of experience from the worlds of classical, sacred, and popular music, guaranteeing a night to remember.
The Fleischmann International Trophy Competition will take pride of place on Saturday 4th May in City Hall where the some of the world’s top amateur choirs compete for one of the most prestigious prizes in International standards.
The Closing Gala Concert in City Hall on Sunday 5th May will mark the end of a jam packed Festival week with International choirs presenting choral music representative of their musical and ethnic backgrounds in a joyful celebration of song and colour.
For the duration of the Festival Cork City will come to life as the Festival pulsates throughout Cork city and county with the gift of song utilising the numerous landscapes and diverse public spaces available in Ireland’s second city. The Festival will deliver a programme of formal Fringe Concerts along with a diverse informal Choral Trail which will bring the music and passion of the Festival out onto the street ensuring that Cork will be singing en masse. As part of The Choral Trail, a specially selected programme of county events will see International choirs share choral connections with vocal groups from Castletownbere to Cobh bringing the Gathering home in 2013.
Festival Manager, Sinéad Madden says: “The 59th year of the Festival is an exciting one for all of us because of the Gathering celebrations. The Festival is offering choirs the opportunity to present formal and informal performances in over 80 venues across Cork city and county, to meet with other choirs, attend festival events, sing, mingle and soak up the festival atmosphere. It’s all about connections and this year is guaranteed to deliver unforgettable experiences to all involved. Whether you’re a music maker or music lover, Cork has something for everyone as part of this year’s Gathering celebrations! So far we’ve confirmed 22 choirs from over 20 different countries including, France, Germany, USA, Canada, Belarus, Russia, Sweden, Norway and many more. We look forward to welcoming over 5,000 singers to Cork for this year’s very special Cork Choral Gathering. 2013 is the year to make connections and memories and the Cork International Choral Festival is proud to set the stage where everyone can be part of making a city sing.”
So let this May Bank Holiday weekend be the one to have you singing in the city, the ultimate soundtrack to your social life.