Cantabile Vocal Ensemble is a Cork based female choir which was formed in April 2010 under the leadership of their Musical Director Mary O Brien. The choir has grown from eleven to twenty five members. They have won prizes in Feis Maitiú, Corcaigh, Cork International Choral Festival, AIMs New Ross, Limerick Festival of Church Music, Sligo and Derry International Choral Festival. During their first year, Cantabile represented Ireland in Llandudno in Wales in November and in Llangollen in July, which was recorded live on BBC Wales. They were the first Irish choir in over ten years to take part in this prestigious competition. In June 2012, Cantabile Vocal Ensemble travelled to mainland Europe to take part in the 28th Schubert Choir Competition, Sing ‘n’ Joy Vienna, where they won a bronze and a silver diploma for Ireland. In 2013, they were awarded first prize in the four-part choir and the female voice category at Sligo International Choral Festival, as well as first prize in the chamber choir category at the Limerick Festival of Church Music and at the Kenmare Choral Festival, where they retained their title for the past two years. They also won the overall Irish Music Prize in Kenmare in December. Their 2013 repertoire consists of sacred and secular works from the Renaissance through to the popular repertoire. They hosted Pendyrus Male Choir in Fort Camden, Crosshaven, Co Cork last August where they raised €2,000 for local charities. They took part in Culture Night at Cork County Hall to celebrate their fourth anniversary of their first performance.
Cappella Lyrica is an equal-voice choir whose membership is comprised of students of the BMus programme at the CIT Cork School of Music under the directorship of Maria Judge. Its repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary works. Cappella Lyrica sang in public for the first time in early 2011 participating in the first performance of Britten’s St Nicholas Cantat. In December 2011, Cappella Lyrica performed Britten’s Ceremony of Carol with Harpist Cliona Doris. On their first competitive participation at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2012 the choir was awarded 1st Prize in the Premier National Competition for Female Voice Choirs. In 2013 it was awarded 2nd Prize in the Ireland’s Choir of the Year Competition and Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Ui Laoghaire for the performance of a work in the Irish Langauage. The choir has established a relationship with new music in the commissioning of composer, David Wallace, a former graduate and Composer-in- Residence to the CIT Cork School of Music, to write a work for Equal Voice Choir and two Horns. The work entitled “Impressions of Light” set to a text by Walt Whitman was performed for the first time in January 2013. In January 2014, Cappella Lyrica gave the first performance of Five New Love Songs for Seraphim by C.S.L Parker with Harpist, Aisling Ennis.
Founded in 1982 Cois Cladaigh specialises in both Renaissance music and contemporary Irish choral music. The choir has travelled widely throughout Ireland and has visited several European countries, the most recent of which was a tour to Belgium in April 2013. The choir plan to visit Iceland in 2015. Cois Cladaigh takes an active role in commissioning contemporary Irish composers to write pieces for them but the choir has also worked with composer David Hamilton from New Zealand, the U.S composer Matthew Harris, and the Basque composer, Javier Busto who wrote a piece to celebrate the choir’s 20th anniversary. As part of Cois Cladaigh’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 2012, supported by Galway City Council and the Arts Council, the choir commissioned new works from several composers including Oliver Kentish (Iceland), John Speight (Iceland), Albert Alcaraz (Spain), Urmas Sisask (Estonia), Eamon Murray and Benedict Schlepper – Connolly, both from Ireland. Cois Cladaigh has recorded 4 CDs “Lux Aeterna”, “ An Equal Music”, “ Beatus Vir” and “Puer natus est nobis”.
The Mornington Singers is a mixed-voice choir from Dublin, conducted by Dr Orla Flanagan. She recently received her Doctorate of Music in Performance from the Royal Irish Academy—the first in Ireland to be awarded for choral conducting—and is Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College, Dublin. The Mornington Singers have placed first in several competitions, including the Navan Choral Festival 2013, where they were also named Choir of the Year, and the Grand Prix at Sligo International Choral Festival in 2013. Specialising in a cappella repertoire, with a particular focus on 20th- and 21st-Century music, the Mornington Singers has established itself as one of Ireland’s leading choirs. Recent highlights have included the Maribor International Choral Competition, Slovenia, a performance at Electric Picnic – Arts and Music Festival, concert appearances with Lesley Garrett and Andrea Bocelli, a soundtrack recording for Conor McPherson’s film The Eclipse, and choral workshops with Chanticleer, Dr László Nemes and Prof. Péter Erdei.
Voci Nuove is a choir made up of young Cork-based singers, conducted by Colm O’Regan. Founded in 2011 the choir presented concerts locally and around Munster and completed its first national concert series, entitled Pitches Be Crazy, in spring 2013. The choir won several categories at Cork’s Feis Maitiu in April 2012, achieving 2nd place in both the Sacred Music and Chamber Choir categories at the 2013 Cork International Choral Festival, and winning the International Competition and National Sacred Music categories at the inaugural City of Derry International Choral Festival in November 2013. Later that month Voci Nuove travelled to Vienna for the choir’s first choral exchange, hosted by Amerlingchor. Colm O’Regan has studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music; CIT Cork School of Music where he completed his Bachelor of Music; and with Teresa Trevisan at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Tartini in Trieste, Italy.