Cork International Choral Festival Presents
LAUNCH OF 60TH
CORK INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL
Wednesday 26th March, 2014
This Wednesday, March 26th sees the launch of this year’s Cork International Choral Festival. This special event will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the longest-running festival in Cork and one of the most highly regarded festivals in Europe. Taking place in the Atrium at City Hall, the launch will feature a performance by Déjà-Vu Quartet and pays homage to 1954- the year of its initiation.
Since 1954 it has developed a strong reputation for world class choral performances and involves many national and international choirs as well as staging the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy Competition.
Artistic and Festival Director John Fitzpatrick looks forward to a wonderful choral festival: “This year’s festival is indeed a celebration of choral music in all its forms, from composition to performance, from Renaissance to contemporary, from small ensembles to large performing groups.”
The Festival’s unique recipe offers an abundance of top Irish and international choirs, blending them with world-renowned international artists, a dash of diverse global vocal traditions and cultures, culminating in a five day event of thrilling competitions, sumptuous gala concerts and lively city and county-wide events.
The Opening Gala Concert on Wednesday 30th April in Cork City Hall will feature a stunning performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana by Tallaght Choral Society,. East Cork Choral Society and an extended Band of 1 Brigade. Cara O’ Sullivan, Owen Gilhooly and Peter Kerr will feature as soloists on the night with Lt. Col. Mark Armstrong conducting the Gala.
For the duration of the Festival, Cork will come to life with song as the Festival brings choral music far and wide, utilising the numerous landscapes and diverse public spaces available in Ireland’s second city. The Choral Trail alongside the more formal Fringe Concerts, all predominantly free events, will bring the music and passion of the festival out onto the streets, ensuring that Cork will be singing en masse. There will also be an extended programme of events taking place countywide in specially selected Friendship Concerts. With over 5,000 participants, an increase of more than 500 people over previous years, the Festival is sure to bring the city of Cork to life with song.
The Closing Gala Concert in City Hall on Sunday 4th May will mark the end of a jam-packed festival week with international choirs presenting pieces which represent their musical and ethnic backgrounds in a joyful celebration of song and colour.
Festival Manager, Sinéad Dunphy says: “We are delighted this year to be celebrating our 60th year of bringing some of the best choirs from around the world to the rebel city for the Cork International Choral Festival. We look forward to welcoming over 5,000 singers to Cork for this year’s very special Diamond Anniversary. 2014 is the year to make connections and memories and the Cork International Choral Festival is proud to set the stage where everyone can be a part of making a city sing.”
Festival Tickets are available for purchase in a number of ways: through the online booking system at www.corkchoral.ie, or over the telephone on 021 450 1673 and in person from the Festival Box Office at The Everyman, McCurtain Street. So let this May Bank Holiday weekend be the one to have you singing in the city, the ultimate soundtrack to your social life.