Festival events and performances centre around Cork’s City Hall, capacity 1,000; one of the most attractive and acoustically superb venues in Ireland. 2015 Festival events in City Hall include: Opening Gala Concert, Rajaton, International Fleischmann Gala, National Open and Schools Competitions and the Closing Gala Concert.
Situated near the heart of Cork, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral is the most recent ecclesiastical site located where the saint is believed to have founded his monastic school in the 7th century. The building contains more than 1,260 sculptures and even a 24-lb cannonball, a legacy of the Siege of Cork in 1690. 2015 Festival events in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral include: Friday night Gala concert with Chamber Choir Ireland and the National Competition for Church Music.
Launched in 2011 after a long period of restoration and redevelopment, the venue has been transformed into one of the city’s top cultural and performance spaces. Festival Events in Triskel Christchurch include: Choirs at Christchurch afternoon concerts. Top international choirs bring their serene sounds to the beautiful setting of Triskel Christchurch in three very special lunchtime performances.
Our preferred hotel in Cork is the 4 star Clarion Hotel which is situated opposite City Hall (our main performance venue) and just a two minute walk to the city centre. Events in the Clarion Hotel include: Afternoons in the Atrium sessions and the Festival Club.
Cathedral of St. Mary & St. Anne (North Cathedral)
The Cathedral of St, Mary & St Anne, known locally as the North Cathedral is located at the top of Shandon Street, in one of the most historic areas of Cork. 2015 Festival events in the Cathedral of St. Mary & St Anne include: Evocations: Friday night Gala concert.
Church of St. Anne’s Shandon, St. Anne’s Mews
Built in 1722, the Church of St. Anne is one of the most important early-18th century churches in Ireland. Standing 50 metres high above the surrounding Shandon neighbourhood, visitors can climb the narrow stone steps to the bell tower, topped by a 3-metre gold fish weathervane. The bell tower offers spectacular views of the city and surrounding areas spread below. Festival Events in St. Anne’s Shandon include: Shandon Sunrise and the Office of Compline. More information
Masonic Hall, Tuckey Street
One of the city’s most historic buildings. The building has served as the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Munster Freemasons since 1884, and its internal design has remained true to its origins in its layout and historic furnishings. Festival Events in Masonic Hall include: Performances as part of the Festival’s Fringe Concert series.
Located within the centre of Cork City overlooking the River Lee, this five story 12,000 sq.m., building functions as a centre of musical excellence locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The school accommodates music tuition studios; a 450 seat rehearsal hall; ‘black box’ theatre; staff and student common rooms; music library; live recording suite with ProTools HD; AudioLab; drama suite; staff boardrooms; administrative offices; flat floor classrooms and raked lecture theatres. Festival Events include performances as part of the Festival’s Fringe Concert series, rehearsal venues for visiting choirs, Festival Seminar on New Choral Music and Festival workshops. More information