2019 festival recordings now available


Recordings of the 2019 Cork International Choral Festival are now available! 🤩🎶

Did your choir perform during this year's festival?
Were you in the audience and would you love to listen again to some piece that you particularly enjoyed?
Didn't you make it to the festival and would you like to discover the exceptional choirs that performed at the 65th edition?

Un-mastered recordings of National Competitions, Fleischmann International Trophy Competition and Closing Gala Concert and are now available for purchase here.

Payment can also be made by bank transfer or cheque. Please get in touch with our festival office at [email protected]

Choir! Choir! Choir! @ Cork Midsummer Festival


23rd June 2019, 3pm - The Everyman, Cork

Tickets: Regular Price €5

Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Just show up and they’ll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love, to be announced in the run up to the Festival. Having amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers and a thriving international fan base on YouTube, the group has performed with renowned artists such as Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, David Byrne, Rick Astley, and Rufus Wainwright.

Choir! Choir! Choir! exists to celebrate music and push the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, offering therapeutic benefits with the ultimate side effect: a powerful community.

Join Choir! Choir! Choir! during the Cork Midsummer Festival. Save the date! - 23rd June, at 3 pm at The Everyman, Cork.

Info & bookings here.

Thank you for a successful 65th festival!


After a day of after-festival recovery, we have found the words to express our huge THANK YOU to all the choirs, guests, funders, sponsors, audience, volunteers and everyone involved in this successful 65th edition of the Cork International Choral Festival! Whether big or small, your contribution was essential to the festival and none of it would have been possible without.

We had the immense pleasure of sharing 5 lovely days of extraordinary choral music with all of you. It was a huge honour to welcome over 5,000 singers and guests from across the world to Cork, to see their immense wealth of talent and generosity of spirit and heart. We were blown away!

We are already gearing up for another unforgettable festival in 2020. Mark your calendars for 29th April - 3rd May 2020! We hope to have you with us again next year 🎶

EVENT UPDATE - Evocations: Madrigal 75


Due to the effects of the SAS strike, Cork International Choral Festival regrettably announces that Helene Stureborg Chamber Choir's flight was canceled and couldn't be rescheduled. Regrettably for the choir, the conductor, Helene Stureborg, and for the Festival, they won't be able to perform at this year's Evocations Gala Concert on Friday 3rd May, 10.30 pm, in St Mary & St Anne's Cathedral (North Cathedral).

However, we are delighted to announce that, rather than to cancel the concert, the highly regarded chamber choir from Cork, Madrigal 75, with very short notice have kindly agreed to perform an exquisite programme for the night.
Cork audiences know the quality of the special Evocations Gala Concert that Madrigal 75 already performed at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2014.

We wish to thank Madrigal 75 and their conductor, James Taylor, for ensuring that the Evocations Gala Concert will take place during the 65th edition of the festival.

Box office in City Hall during the Festival days

Reminding all that our box office has moved to City Hall today!

You will find us there until the end of the Festival, on Sunday 5th May (open at 10am daily until performance time).

Looking forward to having you with us for the 65th year of the Cork International Choral Festival!

For box office queries, please contact us at 083 400 7059 .

New! - Box Office on Grand Parade

Box office for the Gala Concerts is now open on Grand Parade, Cork City!
Book your ticket and make the perfect gift for your loved ones! You can book online, by phone or in person.

By phone: 083 400 7059
Lines Open: Mon-Fri: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Please note that all bookings are subject to a handling fee of €1 per ticket.

In person: Festival Office, English Market, Grand Parade, Cork City
Opening hours
Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th April, 10am – 5.30pm
Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th April, 10am – 5.30pm
Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th April, 10am – 5.30pm
Following these dates, the box office will be available at Cork City Concert Hall foyer from
Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th May, open at 10am daily until performance time.

Group rates
(Applicable to groups of 10 persons or more): 15% off marked price.
For any further queries regarding ticketing please contact [email protected]

Solidarity for Christchurch


The Cork International Choral Festival expresses solidarity with New Zealand people after the dramatic attacks of 15th March in Christchurch. We must stand unite against all hate.

We would like to share the meaningful words of John Rosser, Artistic Director of the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music which will take place in Auckland in 11-18 July 2020.


To all of our WSCM2020 supporters
You will be aware that New Zealand has been in international news this past week, following a devastating terror attack in Christchurch. 
We are a nation in mourning, attempting to come to terms with what has happened. However, to paraphrase the words of our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, we should remember that we were targeted not because we condone racism, extremism or hate, but for the very fact that we are not those things – because we represent diversity, compassion and a home for those who share our values. We cannot let this act change us.
As representatives of NZ’s vibrant choral scene, we have the privilege of hosting an event next year that will bring together a rich and diverse mix of people from all around the world. The Symposium exists to celebrate the joy of choral music through cultural co-operation and exchange. It is, in a very real sense, a direct response to the kinds of attitudes that resulted in last Friday’s atrocity.
Thank you to all those in the international community who have reached out to us and sent your aroha (love) and support. Your kind words carry great power. If you wish to contact us further about what has happened, please don’t hesitate to do so by replying to this email. Should you be wondering how to help the victims of the shootings, you may wish to visit this page for more information. 
Our hearts are with all those whose lives have been so tragically affected. We stand with the people of Christchurch and with the whole Muslim community here in Aotearoa New Zealand. 
Aroha nui
John Rosser
Artistic Director
The 12th World Symposium on Choral Music

Call for volunteers!


Want to be a part of something amazing?

Volunteering with the Cork International Choral Festival is an opportunity to be a part of a team of over 200 volunteers, to meet new people and choirs from all over the world and to be part of the action during the Festival week on 1st-5th May 2019.

As a token of our thanks, there are some great perks for volunteers, from free tickets to shows, to invitation to the Festival Reception!

We will welcome any volunteers who are willing to lend their hands, hearts and voices to the 65th Festival.

To register your interest, get in touch by returning the completed volunteer form available here.

Cork International Choral Festival announces the Winner of the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition


Cork International Choral Festival is proud to announce, James May as the winner of the 2019 Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition. As winner of the competition, his piece street after street alike will receive its world première in the spectacular surrounds of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral on Friday 3rd May at 7.30pm. The Festival’s Choir-in-Residence, Chamber Choir Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier, will premiere the performance as part of its annual collaborative concert with the Festival in what promises to be a wonderful evening of song.

As a composer James May creates music that focuses on texture, timbre, and space. He additionally is an improvisor, conductor, experimental performer, founding member of AmiEnsemble, and contributing writer for icareifyoulisten.com. James is one of the recipients of the 2018-19 George J. Mitchell Scholarship, funding an MA in Experimental Sound Practice at University College Cork. His work has been performed and recorded by JACK Quartet, the San Francisco Choral Artists, Longleash piano trio, and the University of Louisville Orchestra and Collegiate Chorale. James was the winner of the San Francisco Choral Artists' 2017 New Voices Project for The Garden ("arresting… intricate and intense” – San Francisco Classical Voice), the Wooster Chorus 2016 composition contest for his work The Dead, and composed Zaira and Irene for the 2018 Huang Orchestra Commission from the University of Louisville.

On receiving the news of his win, James said:

I’m thrilled to have been selected as the winner of the Sean Ó’Riada competition. I’ve been so impressed and humbled by the vibrant music and sonic art scene in Cork, all-embracing in its desire and support for exciting creativity. I’ve already had so many wonderful music–making experiences here, and the opportunity to contribute my part to this community through the Cork International Choral Festival is an absolute dream. Working with such world-class musicians as Chamber Choir Ireland and Paul Hillier is a huge honor, as is sharing the program with such influential living composers as Anne Boyd, Julia Wolfe, and Santa Ratniece (and, of course, Bach).

His composition, street after street alike was chosen by the members of the judging panel, composer Rhona Clarke and Paul Hillier, Artistic Director and Conductor of CCI, who summarised their reaction and evaluation to May’s winning piece as follows:

Although reasonably straightforward and practical, the style of this work is contemporary and has the mark of an individual voice. There is a strong sense of structure, starting with limited pitch range and building towards an upward sweep at the climax, and it shows skill on the part of the composer in handling word setting in quite an intense way.

Along with receiving a cash prize, kindly donated by the Ó Riada family, James’s piece will receive its world première during the Festival. It will be performed by Chamber Choir Ireland in a concert which will also feature their stunning programme, ‘Before Bach and After’.

Initiated in 1972, the present format of the Seán Ó Riada Competition offers a platform for composers born, or resident, in Ireland to have their work judged and rewarded purely on its own merits without the judges being influenced by the reputation or status of the composer. All compositions are submitted under a pseudonym, with the author’s real name not being revealed until after the judges’ decision has been made. Works composed in the Irish language are encouraged. The competition has, as a central aim, the intention of providing Irish choirs with fresh, authentic material for inclusion in their programmes. The competition has attracted the attention of many highly-regarded composers, with past winners including Solfa Carlisle, Rhona Clarke, Patrick Connolly, Frank Corcoran, Séamas de Barra, Eoghan Desmond, Michael Holohan, Marian Ingoldsby, Donal MacErlaine, Simon MacHale, Michael McGlynn, Kevin O’Connell, Amanda Feery, Criostóir Ó Loingsigh and last year’s winner, Donal Sarsfield. With nearly 200 compositions being submitted in the past 9 years of the new format, the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition clearly highlights the number of composers now working and living in Ireland, and further demonstrates the Cork International Choral Festival’s continuing commitment to encourage the composition and performance of contemporary music.

In collaboration with Chamber Choir Ireland

EuroChoir 2019 - Vaison La Romaine, France, 1-9 August 2019


EuroChoir is a special choir project to promote the networking of talented singers at the European level, and to foster the emergence of the next generation of talents.

It is open to singers 18 to 30 years old and offers the opportunity to rehearse a challenging program with renowned conductors, improve their vocal skills and present the results of their work in public concerts.

For the years 2019 to 2021, EuroChoir designed a cycle under the direction of one of the emerging talent of the European scene, Yuval Weinberg. To kick-start these three years cycle, a “light” session is organised in 2019 during the Choralies festival. The program will be of course demanding for singers who like to be challenged, but adapted to the shorter rehearsal time. With more free time, the singers will have a change to enjoy the festival, the French “art de vivre”, get to know each other and maybe decide to apply again for the next editions.

Experience a summer in France!
Spend nine days of your summer 2019 in the Provence, the beloved region in Southern France. Known for its sunny weather and incredible landscapes, Vaison la Romaine and its surroundings also offer exciting hiking possibilities, food experiences, and of course many wines to discover!

The city is located between Lyon and Marseille, between the alps and the Cevennes, a perfect place to start or end your vacations in France.

Don't miss this unique opportunity! Register now here.