Cork International Choral Festival Celebrates World Choral Day with Outdoor Concert
Sunday 7th December, 1pm
Grand Parade, Cork
December 2014 – On Sunday, Cork International Choral Festival launched their exciting 2015 Gala Concerts Programme and opened their box office in celebration of World Choral Day. This year will be the Festival’s 61st 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 brought together a great number of voices, including children from the Monfrot College of Performing Arts Youth Choir, Cork Arts Studio Youth Choir, and Voiceworks Studio Youth Choir, to perform on a specially-assembled stage on Grand Parade 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 29th April in Cork City Hall which will feature a showcase of Baroque music from a range of great composers including Bach, Telemann and Monteverdi performed by Cork’s internationally renowned vocal ensemble, Madrigal ’75 (directed by James Taylor). The date marks the 40th Anniversary of Madrigal 75’s foundation, and there will also be a pre-concert recital from the Band of 1 Brigade.
The following Gala Concert on Thursday 1st May will see one of Europe’s most well-known female choirs, Carmina Slovenica (directed by the renowned Karmina Šilec), enthrall audiences at Cork City Hall. Combining contemporary music, drama, and various exciting stage elements, their unique act is not to be missed. Friday 1st May will leave you spoilt for choice. The 7.30pm concert in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral from Chamber Choir Ireland (Festival choir in residence) premières not only a newly commissioned work from composer Ian Wilson, but also from the winner of this year’s Séan Ó Riada Competition for Irish composers. Friday 1st May gets even busier with the late-night concert Evocations set to take place in the Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne at 10.30pm. The evening will hear the music of medieval composers Hildegard, Von Bingen, and Kassia performed by the highly-regarded VocaMe from Germany, a Munich-based ensemble consisting of four female soloists, accompanied by Michael Popp on various period instruments. A rare opportunity to hear this music performed in a sacred and reflective atmosphere, it’s guaranteed to be a night to remember.
With over twenty International Choirs already confirmed for the Festival, 2015 looks set to maintain its high standard and cosmopolitan appeal, ensuring its artistic future and integrity as one of the world’s most prestigious Choral Festivals. In light of that prestige we have the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition which will take pride of place on Saturday 2nd May in City Hall, where some of the world’s top amateur choirs compete for one of the most prestigious prizes in International standards.
The Closing Gala Concert in City Hall on Sunday 3rd May will mark the end of a jam-packed Festival week with International choirs presenting choral music representative of their musical and cultural backgrounds in a joyful celebration of song and colour.
Festival Tickets are available for purchase through the online booking system at www.corkchoral.ie, and in person from the Festival Box Office at The Everyman, McCurtain Street. So get set this Christmas and get booking to ensure your May Bank Holiday weekend will be the one to have you singing in the city, the ultimate soundtrack to your social life.
The Cork International Choral Festival gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Cork City Council and Cork County Council.