Photo credit: William Murphy, 2015

As part of the Cork International Choral Festival’s aim to get everyone singing from the same hymn sheet (literally), we’re continuing the very successful collaboration between the festival and St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral for a very special day-long Big Sing rehearsing and performing some of our history’s most magnificent choral works. The day will be led by the festival’s Artistic Director and Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral Director of Music, Peter Stobart.

For 2020 we have chosen one of sacred music’s most uplifting choral works: Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria. Saturday 8th February 2020 is the date to book on your diaries to come and sing this rousing masterpiece that many of us know and love!

Singers from all backgrounds are welcome, but reading music would be a great asset. The piece will be then performed that same evening.

If you would not like to sing, you can come to listen to the performance at 6.30 pm – Free admission, however donations are welcome.

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Saturday 8th February 2020 – Day Schedule

1.30 pm – Registration
2.00 pm – Begin
3.30 pm – Break
4.00 pm – Resume
5.30 pm – Break
6.30 pm – Performance

Please note

  • An administration fee of €18 (+€1 booking fee) per person is applicable. If you have queries about the process or payments, please e-mail
  • If you own a copy of the score, please bring it with you on the day. You can also download the score here and print your own copy. In the event you do not own a copy or are unable to download/print it, you can purchase a copy for 3 euro (copies will be available for collection on the day of the event, or from the Festival Office after January 20th).
  • Please ensure you are there to register in plenty of time.
  • As The Big Sing at the Cathedral will result in a performance on the day, we advise on smart-casual, elegant, black attire.
  • Seating is unreserved.
  • We would advise people to bring some refreshments with them on the day. There are a number of cafes available in the area also.

We look forward to having you sing with us!

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