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New dates for this year’s Festival: 18-22 April
One of Cork’s biggest events, The Cork International Choral Festival, will take place two weeks earlier this year from 18-22 April, due to the Ed Shearan concert in Pairc Ui Chaoimh clashing with the Festival. Tickets for the exciting programme are on sale online and at their new box office at the Festival HQ in Civic Trust House, Cork City.
The event will welcome almost 3,500 world class singers and 35,000 visitors from across Ireland, Europe and beyond for what will be the 64th annual Festival. It’s a celebration of all genres of music and song from classical to sacred, pop, and rock.
There is an extensive calendar of events to choose from, including a series of gala concerts, national and international competitions, schools’ concerts, workshops, seminars, and free outdoor recitals, which will take place in more than 60 venues in the city and county.
Some key events include…
- 18 April, 8pm - Opening Gala Concert in Cork City Hall: A celebration of Irish composers with pieces from Aloys Fleischmann and Bernard Geary, along with a whole host of Irish performers.
- 19 April, 8pm - A gala concert in Cork City Hall with internationally renowned Swedish group Solala and Ardú Vocal Ensemble.
- 20 April, 7.30pm – A gala concert in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral with Chamber Choir Ireland
- 20 April, 10.30pm - The Tenebrae Consort will perform in the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, following Tenebrae's recent Grammy nomination.
- 21 April, 3pm and 8pm – Fleishmann International Gala afternoon and evening concerts, which features hundreds of international voices in Cork City Hall.
- 22 April, 8pm – Closing Gala Concert in Cork City Hall
- 19-21 April: A three-day Choral Symposium will take place throughout the weekend, with free workshops and seminars with world leaders in the areas of composition conducting and voice work. This is free of charge and a must for anyone involved in Choral music. It offers a more interactive platform, for composers, conductors, singers, practitioners, and students to meet, experience, and discuss.
- 18 & 19 April: Primary and post-Primary Schools Choirs competitions will take place at Cork City Hall.
- 20 April, 12.15pm: The Big Sing will take place in Cork City Hall and everyone is invited to come along and learn how to sing together as part of a choir. Conducted by award winning conductor Bernie Sherlock, this is a free event where the biggest bespoke choir is created by the audience in attendance.
- Follow the Choral Trail for the weekend for a wide variety of performances in venues throughout the city and county.
- Afternoons in the Atrium of the Clayton Hotel. With a jam packed schedule of different choirs every fifteen minutes from every walk of life and from around the world on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, this is not to be missed.
Commenting, Sinéad Dunphy, Festival Manager, said, “We hope music fans will join us this year for our new dates from 18-21 April. We have a really exciting line-up and it’s a Festival for everybody, with a variety of genres available including everything from classical, to sacred, to pop, to rock. We're ready to welcome people from all over the world to enjoy everything that Cork and Ireland has to offer, all the while ensuring the sweet sounds of choral are ringing in your ears”.
Over 90% of events are free of charge. Gala Tickets are available for purchase through an online booking system at www.corkchoral.ie or at the new ticket office in Civic House Cork. Special packages are also available in partnership with the Clayton Hotel Cork City to ensure visitors get the best of their journey to Cork while enjoying all the Festival has to offer.