Ireland's Choir of the Year Competition

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Following the excitement and success of last year's inaugural competition, entries for this year's IRELAND'S CHOIR OF THE YEAR Competition are already arriving into Festival HQ!

IRELAND'S CHOIR OF THE YEAR is our prestigious feature event for Irish choirs. This competition is an important performance and competitive platform for Irish choirs of national standing and offers them the opportunity of comparison with international standards of choral performance.

Congratulations once again to last year's winners of IRELAND'S CHOIR OF THE YEAR, New Dublin Voices and their conductor Bernie Sherlock who were also awarded 2nd Prize in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition! New Dublin Voices have followed up their achievements in Cork with major win at the recent Concorso Polifonico in Arezzo, Italy. The Irish chamber choir scooped First Prize earning themselves a place in the Grand Prix taking place in Debrecen, Hungary, next March. Congratulations NDV! 

The Cork International Choral Festival wishes Bernie and New Dublin Voices the very best with their preparations for the Grand Prix and we hope to see them in Cork in the near future!

For further information on IRELAND'S CHOIR OF THE YEAR please see the 2014 National Syllabus or contact Festival HQ

Composers in the Classroom 2013/2014 officially announced!

We're delighted to officially announce our NEW Composers in the Classroom schools for 2013/14!!



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Davis College Mallow


Gaelcholáiste Mhuire An Mhainistir Thuaidh


Colaiste Mhuire, Buttevant


Ashton Comprehensive School






A wonderful year of music ahead with our SUPER talented composers, Sam Barker, Paul Linehan, Louise McCarthy & Emily Magner!

Remember to keep up to date with participating schools, composers and music teachers on our Composers in the Classroom Facebook Page! 

Cork International Choral Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Offices of Cork City and County Councils  for Composers in the Classroom.


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International Choir Applications Deadline

A quick reminder about the deadlines for International Applications 2014

31st October 2013: International Fleischmann International Trophy Competition Deadline
30th November 2013: International Non-Competitive Deadline

2014 International Syllabus for both Competitive and Non-Competitive choirs is available to download here

If you have any queries please feel free to contact Festival HQ Tel. 00353 214215125 or email [email protected]

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Festival recordings now available!



What a year!  What a Festival!  Now that everyone's made their way home, gathered their wits back together, and sat around with friends reminiscing fondly about being on the banks of the lovely Lee, it's time to get hold of a recording or two.  Here in the office we have un-mastered recordings of all the City Hall competitions, and a few other recordings besides.  If you, your choir or your friends would be interested in hearing any of these sessions, drop us an email making a note of which competition you were in, and we'll get them to you.

The cost is €15 for one session, €25 for two, and €30 for three, with additional costs for packaging and postage if applicable.  The easiest way of getting them is to let us transfer them to you digitally, so you can have them immediately upon receipt of payment.

Festival Table Quiz is back!

Our Festival Table Quiz is back! Taking place on Thursday 25th of April 2013 at 8pm in the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay.
Test your general knowledge and join us for some fun in the run up to Choral Festival week!

Tables cost €40.00 (4 per table) with all funds raised on the night going directly in support of the Cork International Choral Festival.

The quiz will cover a wide range of general knowledge subjects, so you needn't worry about knowing your falsettos from your fortes! We also have a great raffle with some super prizes up for grabs.

To book your table contact Neil Bowen at  [email protected] or at 087 2503609.

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