We are so excited to announce the international choirs that will participate in the non-competitive strand of the 2019 Cork International Choral Festival.

We look forward to welcoming them to Cork for an unforgettable 65th festival!


Cheep Trill (Australia)

Cheep Trill is an exciting, edgy and colourful community choir based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The choir was founded in 2014 by award winning singer/songwriter Emma Dean and her multi-instrumentalist brother, Tony Dean.
The choir performs many styles of music, with a strong emphasis on contemporary vocal arrangements and mashups written by Emma.
It is these interesting and engaging arrangements, along with Emma’s enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to excellence that has seen the choir grow to over 100 members and be invited to perform at events and festivals throughout Queensland.
Cheep Trill has accompanied a number of well-known Australian artists including Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), John Farnham, Deborah Conway and Clare Bowditch. In 2017, as part of the Queensland Music Festival, the choir was chosen to feature with Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano, Archie Roach, Troy-Cassar-Daley, Isaiah and Montaigne on the SONY charity single of John Farnham’s, You’re The Voice, raising money for domestic violence.
The choir also has a reputation for being Brisbane’s most colourful flash mob choir, ‘flashing’ at events for Ruckus Slam at The New Globe Theatre, Vulcana Women’s Circus, Velvet Helmet, Brisbane Festival and even on stage at the Triffid with Darren Middleton of Powderfinger fame.

Sing For Your Life Choir, Australia

The Sing For Your Life! Choir is a non-auditioned community choir based in Tasmania, the southernmost state of Australia. The choir sings a variety of musical styles in three and four part a cappella.

The choir began in 2005 and since then has grown from a dozen singers to more than 120 singers. The choir was last represented in Cork by more than sixty members who performed at the 2016 festival. After this wonderful experience, it is with great joy that a similar-sized group is returning for the 2019 festival, accompanied by the choir’s Musical Director Jane Christie-Johnston.


The European School of Brussels (UCCLE) Secondary Choir, Belgium

The European School of Brussels Secondary Choir is a group of 90 singers – secondary students, teachers and parents who are associated with the European School Brussels I (Uccle) and who share a wonderful common passion – singing and music. This mixed choir has been working under the direction of Joanna Musko since September 2015 when Ms Musko started her work as a seconded music teacher at the European School Brussels I.

Since then the group has had the honour to be accompanied by Agnieszka Zywert, a successful pianist in her own right. The choir has also had the pleasure and honour of cooperating with other outstanding professional artists including Zoran Petkovic (percussion instruments), Agnieszka Orszulik (cello), Jose Torres (violin), Fotis Fotiu (guitar). In addition the choir has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of EEBI, the Uccle Funk Community band as well as student bands: GERO and The Spring Report.


øre-sound, Denmark

øre-sound is an amateur rhythmic choir consisting of 40 singers between the ages of 30 and 70+. Many of the choir’s current members have been members of the group since its start in 1996, including the conductor Henriette Høffding, who has been the leader of the choir since the start.

øre-sound’s musical repertoire is very diverse and includes swing, jazz, pop, rock, soul, reggae, African, Latin, gospel, and more. Over the years, the choir has performed concerts throughout Denmark as well as in different European countries, e.g. at Glyptoteket and in Tivoli (Copenhagen), in Gentofte Town Hall, in Leiden and Amsterdam (Holland), in Reykiavik (Iceland), in several churches, etc.


Choeur Azimuts, France

Choeur Azimuts is a young adult choir based in Lille in the North of France.
Created in 2013 by Madeleine Saur, its current director, the choir bring together about 30 choristers around a contemporary a capella repertoire.
Through modern-day composers such as Veljo Tormis, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, or Tarik O’regan, Azimuts’s repertoire is mostly based on contemporary music and revisited traditional music. The choir performs 2-3 times a year in the north of France and Belgium.
Azimuts achieved its first program, Sous la surface, in 2017. More than a succession of songs, Sous la Surface was offering a new experience to the public. Through a careful selection of music pieces and space use, the public was immersed into a story of boats, storms shipwrecks and sirens of Northern seas.
The same year, Azimuts was part of a mass composition for choir and small instrumental ensemble (bass flute and clarinet, harp, guitar and harpsichord) composed by Clément Pic, composer and guitarist from Lille.
Sous la Surface was then recorded in 2018 in Belgium by Anaïs Georgel, sound engineer graduated from the CNSMD of Paris.