Big Sing

Saturday 4th May 2013

Cork City Hall


Admission free, and all welcome!


With the ambition of ensuring everybody gets the opportunity to sing in the Festival, we invited you to come and take part in The Big Sing 2013.


The first ever Big Sing in 2011 was a huge success with over 300 people turning out to learn Verdi’s Va, pensiero, making it one of the largest choirs ever to have sung at the Choral Festival! This year we made The Big Sing even bigger and better with 11 Fleischmann International Trophy Competitors, 12 extra Non-Competitive Gathering Choirs, School and National  choirs from all over Ireland.

We invited YOU to join us in the City Hall and be part of the unique BIG SING experience! You turned out in your hundreds to lend your voice and experience first-hand the enjoyment and sense of community that lies at the heart of choral singing, led by accomplished composer and conductor John O’ Brien. All we can do now is say THANK YOU!  You helped us to yet again raise the roof of City Hall, and we excitedly look forward to seeing you all (and all your friends!) again next year.


Music for The Big Sing 2013
Óró ‘s é do bheatha ‘bhaile
Download Óró ‘s é do bheatha ‘bhaile here



The Big Sing will be back in 2014, open to everyone, and admission is free. Music and lyrics will be handed out on the day, and there’s no preparation necessary – just sing from, and for, the heart!


John O’Brien

John O’Brien is a conductor, director and composer based in Cork. John has worked on over forty different productions of opera and musical theatre in Ireland, Northern Ireland, London, Edinburgh, Montreal and Regina; and has toured with choirs across Europe, Japan and China. He is the former Music Director of Opera Works and the Cork Children’s Chorus, and has conducted a recording with the National Chamber Choir, and the TV programme Carols from Cork 2005, both for RTE. He is also the conductor of the Wexford Gateway Orchestra, and premiered his first symphony in May. John’s string quartet, ‘towards a new enlightenment…’ is available for free download at