Cork International Choral Festival 2019 – Overview and Competition Results

 

The 65th Cork International Choral Festival drew to a phenomenal close on Sunday May 5th with its closing gala concert of international choirs in Cork City Hall.

 

The festival which took place from May 1st – 5th, drew 5,000 singers and 50,000 visitors to Cork for five days of music and song and gave an estimated €10 million economic boost to the city.

 

This year’s festival was attended by An Tánaiste, Minister Simon Coveney T.D and Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan T.D, who took time out from their busy schedules on day one of the event to meet some of the choirs and team at Cork City Hall.

 

Highlights from this year’s Cork International Choral Festival included gala concerts by the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra, junior and senior choruses with the Fleischman Choir; a performance of music written ‘Before and After Bach’ by Chamber Choir Ireland; an other-worldly concert by Norwegian jazz/folk singers, Pust; as well as the annual national and international trophy competitions including the much coveted Flieschmann International Trophy, won this year by Chamber Choir KGBL from Slovenia.

 

The Sean O Riada Composition Competition trophy was awarded to UCC MA student, James May for his work, street after street alike, while Cór Scoil Oilibhéir, from Ballyvolane in Cork were named winners of the National Primary School Choirs competition.

 

The festival team would like to thank everyone who supported this year’s hugely successfully. We are already gearing up for another unforgettable event in 2020. Mark your calendars for 29th April – 3rd May 2020.

 

 

 

Fleischmann International Trophy Competition Prize Winners

 

1st Prize

Chamber Choir KGBL, SLOVENIA

Conductor: Ambrož Čopi

92.75%

 

2nd Prize

Hamburg Academy of Music and Theatre Choir, GERMANY

Conductor: Cornelius Trantow

92.00 %

 

3rd Prize

The Women’s Choral Society of the University of Oslo, NORWAY

Conductor: Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde

91.89%

 

 

International Awards

 

Lady Dorothy Mayer Memorial Trophy

Donated by Chris Mahon

Special Award for the performance of a piece in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition.

Awarded to:

Hamburg Academy Of Music And Theatre Choir, GERMANY

 

Conductor:  Cornelius Trantow

For the performance of: Iuppiter by Michael Ostrzyga

 

 

Schuman/Europe Trophy

In memory of Moira Pyne (1916 – 2009)

Special Award for the performance of a piece by a living European Composer in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition.

Awarded to:

 

Kamarikuoro Näsi, FINLAND

Conductor:  MarkusYli-Jokipii

For the performance of: Vinternatten by Juhani Komulainen

 

Heinrich Schütz Perpetual Trophy

In memory of Hans Waldemar Rosen

Special Award for the performance of a choral work by Heinrich Schütz in the National or International Competitions.

Awarded to:

Mornington Singers, IRELAND

Conductor: Dr. Orla Flanagan

For the Performance of:  Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes

 

 

The McCurtain and McSwiney Memorial Trophy

Donated by the Cork Council of Trade Unions

Special Award, decided by the members of the International Jury, to a conductor in the International Competition for the performance of an imaginative and artistic programme. The recipient of this Trophy also receives a special award, kindly donated by Musica International, which offers them full access to the Musica International website and their virtual choral library.  Musica International is a major project of the International Federation for Choral Music.

Awarded to:

Conductor:                         Ambrož Čopi

Choir:                                  Chamber Choir KGBL SLOVENIA

 

 

PEACE Trophy

Donated by the P.E.A.C.E Movement Cork

Awarded to the choir that best embraces the spirit of the Festival, and fulfils the intentions of the trophy’s benefactors, the P.E.A.C.E. Movement, Cork.

Awarded to:

Cheep Trill, AUSTRALIA

Conductor:  Emma Dean

 

 

Ireland’s Choir of the Year

 

IRELAND’S CHOIR OF THE YEAR

and

Recipient of The Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy

Donated by The Guinness Choir in memory of its founder Victor Leeson

1st Prize

Mornington Singers, Dublin

Conductor:      Dr. Orla Flanagan

90.56%

 

2nd Prize

Maynooth Chamber Choir, Kildare

Conductor:      Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh

88.00%

 

3rd Prize

Dublin Youth Chamber Choir

Conductor:      Lynsey Callaghan

84.11%

 

 

National Adult Competitions

 

National Competition for Chamber Choirs

1st Prize

NUIG Alumni Ensemble, Galway

Conductor:      Dr Peter Mannion

86.33%

 

2nd Prize

Euphonics, Dublin

Conductor:      Ciarán Kelly

85.00%

 

 

National Competition for Female Choirs

1st Prize

The Park Singers, Dublin

Conductor:      Orla Gillan

90.00%

 

2nd Prize

Dulciana Ensemble, Dublin

Conductor:      Judith Lyons

87.67%

 

 

National Competition for Male Voice Choirs

1st Prize

Portadown Male Voice Choir, Co Down

Conductor:      Gordon Speers

87.00%

 

2nd Prize

Wicklow Male Voice Choir, Wicklow

Conductor:      Anthony Norton

84.50%

 

 

National Competition for Mixed Voice Choirs

1st Prize

The Carrigaline Choral Group, Dublin

Conductor:      Robbie Pender

85.00%

 

2nd Prize

The Carrigaline Singers, Cork

Conductor:      Alan Carney

83.17%

 

 

National Competition for Youth Choirs

1st Prize

Dublin Youth Chamber Choir

Conductor:      Lynsey Callaghan

86.83%

 

 

National Competition for Light, Jazz and Popular Music

1st Prize

Douglas Harmonia Singers, Cork

Conductor: Lorna Moore

86.83%

 

2nd Prize

Gorey Choral Group, Wexford

Conductor: Eithne Corrigan

88.83%

 

 

National Competition for Church Music

1st Prize

UCC Singers, Cork

Conductor: Ben Jacob

90.50%

 

2nd Prize

Cappella Lyrica, Cork

Conductor: Maria Judge

89.50%

 

Special Awards – National Adult and Youth Competitions

 

IRELAND’S CHOIR OF THE YEAR

and

Recipient of The Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy 
Donated by The Guinness Choir in memory of its founder Victor Leeson

Awarded to:

The Mornington Singers Dublin

Conductor:      Dr. Orla Flanagan

 

Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Ui Laoghaire 
Donated by Cór Cois Laoi

Special Award for the performance of a choral work in Irish.

Awarded to:

UCC Singers, Cork

Conductor:      Ben Jacob

For the performance of: Fornocht do chonac thú  by Criostóir Ó Loingsigh in Ireland’s Choir of the Year Competition  

 

 

Perpetual Trophy for the Performance of Irish Contemporary Choral Music
Donated by The Contemporary Music Centre

Special Award for the performance of an original choral work by an Irish composer written after 1975 and chosen from the library collection of the Contemporary Music Centre.

Awarded to:

Mornington Singers, Co. Dublin

Conductor:      Orla Flanagan

For the performance of: A Nywe Werk by Seán Doherty in Ireland’s Choir of the Year Competition  

 

 

The John Mannion Trophy

Donated by the family of John Mannion

Special Award to a Chamber Choir for the performance of a work in the National Competitions.

Awarded to:

Choir:                          Maynooth Chanber Choir, Co. Kildare

Conductor:     Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh

 

For the performance of: It’s Strange about Stars by Séan Doherty in The Irelands Choir of the Year

 

 

 

Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition

The Seán Ó Riada Trophy

Awarded to Composer, James May, for his work street after street alike

 

National Competitions for Schools

National Competition for Schools: Section 1 (Primary School Choirs)

1st Prize

Cór Scoil Oilibhéir, Cork

Conductor: Angela Ward

88.75%

 

2nd Prize

Cór Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Cailíní, Cork

Conductor:  Maeve Ann O’Brien

86.5%

 

National Competition for Schools: Section 2 (Equal Voice Post-Primary School Choirs)

1st Prize

Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, Limerick

Conductor:  Orla Colgan Ahern

91%

2nd Prize

Ursuline Singers, Thurles (Co. Tipperary)

Conductor:  Joan Butler

90%

 

 

National Competition for Schools: Section 3 (Mixed Voice Post-Primary School Choirs)

1st Prize

Wesley College Senior Choir, Dublin

Conductor:  Helen Doyle

88%

 

2nd Prize

Newtown School Choir, Co. Waterford

Conductor: Fearghal Ó Conchubhair

85.25%

 

 

Special Awards – National Competitions for Schools

 

SCHOOL CHOIR OF THE FESTIVAL

and the Recipient of The John Cunningham Trophy.

Awarded to the school choir who received the highest overall mark in the National Competitions for Schools.

Awarded to:

Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Limerick

Conductor:  Orla Colgan Ahern

 

The Sing Ireland Trophy

Special Award for the performance of a piece in the National Competitions for Schools.

For the performance of:  The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre, in the National Competition for Schools: Section 3: Post-Primary Equal Voice

 

Awarded to:  Wesley College Senior Choir, Co. Dublin

Conductor:   Helen Doyle

 

 

The Irish Federation of Musicians & Associated Professions Trophy

Special Award for the performance of a choral piece in Irish in the National Competitions for Schools.

Awarded to:

Ursuline Singers Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Conductor:  Joan Butler

 

For the performance of: Sí Do Mhaimeo Í by Michael McGlynn in the National Competition for Schools: Section 2: Post-Primary Equal Voice

 

The Sing Ireland Bursary for Conductors

Special bursary award to a conductor in the school competitions to attend Sing Ireland’s Annual Summer School.

Awarded to:

Angela Ward

Conductor of Cór Scoil Oilibhéir, Co. Cork