Cork International Choral Festival 2017

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 to Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Since its inception in 1954 the Cork Choral Festival has grown to become one of the most important events in the amateur International Choral calendar with choirs travelling from all over the world to take part in four days of keenly contested competition – and much socialising too!

The Mornington Singers

The festival includes gala concerts, schools concerts, national and international competition, fringe concerts, many outdoor and public performances, a food fair, an extremely lively festival club and many other event.

The premier event is the competition for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy, hotly contested each year by some of the finest amateur international choirs. The standard in this competition is very high – even being inviting to participate is seen as an accolade. These choirs also perform in a range of additional festival activities throughout the week including fringe concerts, church and informal performances, so there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy their singing.

The National Competitions involves over 100 Adult, Youth and School choirs from all over Ireland – in all there can be more than 5000 singers in the city for the week, so if you enjoy Choral music this is an event not to miss.

Here’s some music to whet your appetite:

Cork International Choral Festival, Cork, Ireland

One of the top International Choral Festivals based in Cork, Ireland, dedicated to bringing Cork city and county to life with song!

Cork International Choral Festival is proud to announce, John Lonergan as the winner of the 2017 Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition. As winner of the competition, his piece City Shower will receive its world première in the spectacular surrounds of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral on Friday 28th April at 7.30pm.  The Festival’s Choir-in-Residence, Chamber Choir Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier, will premiere the performance as part of its annual collaborative concert with the Festival in what promises to be a wonderful evening of song. In what was an exceptional high-quality competition two additional compositions were chosen as runners-up, which were Michael Doherty of Dublin, with his piece The Art of Dying and Criostóir Ó Loingsigh of Co. Kerry, with his piece, Scél Lemm Duib. Along with receiving a cash prize, kindly donated by the Ó Riada family, John’s piece will receive its world première during the Festival. It will be performed by Chamber Choir Ireland in a concert which will also feature another world première of a piece by David Fennessy that was specially commissioned by the Festival. John will also play an integral part in the Festival’s Choral Symposium. As part of this Symposium the Festival will feature one […]

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Posted: March 9, 2017, 12:39 pm

Our Festival Table Quiz is back this year! It’s taking place on Wednesday 15th March in Clayton Hotel, Lapps Quay. Tables cost €40 (4 per table) and can be booked with Neil Bowen at or 087 2503609. Test your general knowledge and join us for some pre-Festival fun – with a super raffle and great prizes up for grabs!  

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Posted: February 8, 2017, 4:44 pm

Cork International Choral Festival Celebrates World Choral Day with Festive Favourites at Glow Festival! Sunday 11th December, 1pm – Grand Parade, Cork   December 2016 – On Sunday the 11th December, Cork International Choral Festival launches their exciting 2017 Gala Concerts box office in celebration of World Choral Day. This year will be the Festival’s 63rd and will reaffirm its position as the longest running Festival in Cork. As part of the Glow Celebrations in marking World Choral Day, Cork International Choral Festival will bring together a great number of voices, including children from the Cór Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Cailíní, Java Choir, Forte Choir, SCRUBS-CUH Workplace Choir and An Cór – Cork County Council Staff Choir to perform on Grand Parade from 1pm to celebrate World Choral Day and to get us into the Christmas Spirit!   The newly launched programme will see everything kick off at the Opening Gala Concert on Wednesday 26th April 2017 with the world-renowned Verdi’s Requiem performed by the Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra. Verdi’s Requiem, one of the most frequently performed major choral work, will be brought to life in Cork City Hall through the voices of Cara O’Sullivan (soprano), Raphaella Mangan (mezzo soprano), Owen […]

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Posted: December 11, 2016, 12:00 pm

Details and Location

Festival events and performances centre around Cork’s City Hall, one of the most attractive and acoustically superb venues in Ireland

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