Nearly 5,000 singers from all around the world will take part in the 62nd Cork International Choral Festival, an event expected to attract up to 50,000 visitors to the city.
What is regarded as one of Europe’s most prestigious choral events will take place at a number of venues from April 27 to May 1.
Details were announced at a special function in City Hall last night.
The singers will be involved in a series of gala concerts, schools concerts, national and international competitions, workshops and free outdoor performances.
There also promises to be many impromptu performances in pubs, cafes, restaurants, churches and libraries.
“It’s a fantastic line-up of the best choirs and voices from around the world,” said festival manager Sinead Dunphy, “we hope everyone joins in the fun”.
The festival commences on April 27 in City Hall with a celebration of ‘Heritage Events’ with the Fleischmann Choir and CIT CSM Symphony Conductor, with conductor Conor Palliser.
It will feature Gerald Finzi’s Intimations of Immortality for Tenor, Chorus and Orchestra with soloist Robin Tritschler and the first performance in Cork of Fleischmann’s Cornucopia for Horn and Orchestra with soloist Cormac Ó’ hAodáin.
The programme will also include Seán Ó Riada’s Mise Éire Suite along with a film of the period. A pre-concert recital will feature the Band of 1st Brigade.
The following day it’s the turn of Sweden’s ‘The Real Group’ to take to the stage showing why they’re considered by those in the know as one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles. Their repertoire consists of jazz arrangements, sometimes leaning towards folk and pop.
The theme for Friday is ‘Remembering the Rising and Shakespeare’.
St Fin Barre’s Cathedral will be the venue for the festival’s choir in residence, Chamber Choir Ireland who will perform two premières on the evening by festival-commissioned composer Stephen McNeff and the winner of this year’s Séan Ó Riada Composition Competition, Amanda Feery.
A late-night concert, Evocations, will take place in the Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne at 10.30pm on the Friday.
Details and tickets: www.corkchoral.ie or festival box office at The Everyman, McCurtain Street.