Internship Opportunity

 

Festival Office Internship

The Cork International Choral Festival is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated candidate who is keen to establish a career in the festivals and music events industry.

What you will learn and be a part of

This is a great opportunity to be fully involved from the outset with the production of a well-established and exciting festival. You will learn the basic fundamentals of festival events during the 3 months leading up to the Cork International Choral Festival. You will also be exposed to the management of all logistical needs including but not limited to entertainment, catering, signage, audio/visual, gifts, etc. of festival events. The internship will involve pre-production planning (marketing/publicity), content creation for our website and social media accounts, copywriting. During the Festival days, you will be required to work on-site at our events (concerts, workshops, rehearsals) at different locations across Cork city and County.

Your strengths and interests include

  • Interest and knowledge about the festival scene and/or choral music
  • A quick-thinking, self-starter with the ability to multitask and willingness to take on projects
  • Interest and some knowledge of digital marketing and social media
  • Aware of the ‘all-hands on deck’ attitude required when working at events
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign is an advantage

About the Internship

3 month internship period: 11th February 2019 – 10th May 2019 30 hours per week + increased hours during festival days (1st – 5th May 2019, schedule to be agreed). This is an unpaid internship. We are flexible regarding working hours and start/end dates for the right candidate. We will be working from our own offices in Civic Trust House on 50 Pope Quays, Cork.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and CV to Festival Manager Elaine FitzGerald at elaine@corkchoral.ie by 31st January 2019.

About us

Founded in 1954 to be a dynamic force in developing choral music in Ireland, the Cork International Choral Festival is held annually over the five days preceding the first Monday in May in venues across the city, centering around the City Hall, one of the most attractive and acoustically superb venues in Ireland. It is one of Europe’s premier international choral festivals and is noted for its high competitive standards, excellent organisation, and the friendliness of its welcome. Each year some of the finest amateur international choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs also have an opportunity to perform non-competitively in a range of Festival activities presented over the weekend, including Fringe concerts, church and informal performances. Their presence gives audiences and Irish choirs the unique opportunity of attending a diverse range of concerts and competitive sessions while in Cork. As well as foreign choirs, the Festival annually features up to 100 Adult, Youth and School choirs who participate in National Competitions. Overall the Festival attracts some 5,000 participants. The festival continues to ensure that choral music, representative of many historical and cultural traditions, is brought to the people of Cork and the many visitors who travel to the city for the event.

Questions?

If you require further information, please email: administrator@corkchoral.ie


Sankta Lucia 2018 Concert "Darkness to Light"

The Adolf Fredriks Chamber Choir from Stockholm (winners of the 2018 Fleischmann International Trophy) and DIT Chamber Choir (runner-up in the 2018 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition) will be performing together in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin on Sunday December 9th, 7.15 pm.

With this stunning concert, “From Darkness to Light”, the choirs will be celebrating light in the winter darkness and heralding the arrival of Christmas.

The first part of the concert will be a performance of traditional Christmas carols, both Swedish and International. The second half will be a celebration of the Swedish ceremony of Sankta Lucia. The Cathedral will be cast into complete darkness, as the singers evoke a Nordic winter. A choral procession led by a maiden wearing a wreath of candles will then emerge from the back of the Cathedral to welcome the audience in to the magic of Nordic Yuletide Celebration.

The ceremony of Sankta Lucia is one of the oldest celebrations of midwinter to be found across the world, and is truly an iconic part of Christmas in Sweden. The Sankta Lucia Celebrations in Ireland have been taking place in Christchurch Cathedral with the Adolf Fredriks Chamber Choir for 10 years.

The Choir’s relationship with Ireland has never been stronger, having won the top prize at Cork Choral Festival this year. They are delighted to be joined by the DIT Chamber Choir, and their combined abilities will truly begin the Christmas season on the right note!

The event is a sell out every year – tickets are available at Eventbrite (€20 regular/€15 group/ €40 premium).


2019 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition applications now closed

The deadline for applications for the 2019 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition has now closed after an unprecedented response. We have been overwhelmed by entries! Thanks again to all choirs who applied.

Participant choirs for 2019 have been announced here. A reminder that applications for 2020 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition are open!

The non-competitive strand of 2019 festival is also accepting applications until November 30th. Don’t delay - get in touch at info@corkchoral.ie!


Choirs announced - 2019 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition

Cork International Choral Festival is proud to announce the selected choirs competing in the 2019 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition.

Each year some of the finest amateur choirs are selected to compete for this prestigious international competition. We would like to congratulate the 11 choirs that will travel to Cork in May 2019. We look forward to having them with us for the 65th festival!

Kamarikuoro Addictio, Finland
KYL Helsinki Academic Male Choir, Finland
Kamarikuoro Näsi, Finland
Hamburg Academy of Music And Theatre, Germany
Mornington Singers, Ireland
The Women's Choral Society of the University of Oslo, Norway
Dominanta Choir, Poland
Chamber Choir KGBL, Slovenia
Bella Voce - Lunds studentsångerskor, Sweden
Korallerna, Sweden
Petrosyan Chamber Choir, Ukraine

Thanks to all choirs who applied!

A reminder that applications for the non-competitive strand of the festival close on November 30th. Don’t delay - get in touch at info@corkchoral.ie


Remembering Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

On behalf of everyone at the Cork International Choral Festival we want to express our deep sadness on learning of the passing of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Irish musician and composer acclaimed worldwide.

We were honoured to host the world premiere of his work 'Manatha' at the 2000 Cork International Choral Festival. His talent will be greatly missed. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition & Non Competitive Applications now open!

These have been exceptionally busy days at our festival office!
We are delighted to have received so many outstanding entries for the 2019 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition. Many thanks to all choirs who applied!
The Artistic Board will be assessing the applications over the next few days and successful applicants will be announced soon.

In the meantime, we are happy to announce that the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition & Non Competitive Applications are now open.
Below you can find more details, but if you have any query on your application don't hesitate to get in touch! We will be happy to answer all your questions.

 

 

Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition

We are now accepting entries for the 2019 Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition!
Composers born, or resident, in Ireland have until Friday 8th December 2018 to send in their application and be in with a chance of having their work premiered during the Festival in St Fin Barre's Cathedral by the acclaimed Chamber Choir Ireland!

Application deadline: Friday 7th December 2018

For more details: Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition

 

 

Non-Competitive Participation

Each year a number of international choirs are selected to participate in the non-competitive strand of the Festival. Participating non-competitively gives choirs the opportunity to present informal performances in various locations across the city, while having the possibility to meet with other choirs, see some of Ireland’s beautiful countryside, attend some of the festival events, sing, mingle, and soak up the festival atmosphere here in Cork.

Applications deadline: 30th November 2018

For more details: Non-Competitive Participation
Don't delay - download our International Syllabus to get your applications in!


A Musical Miscellany at the Freemasons’ Hall

Cork Freemasons Presents

10th Musical Miscellany
at the Freemasons’ Hall

Fundraiser in aid of Cork International Choral Festival,
Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Irish Heart Foundation
Saturday 17th November, 7pm
The Freemasons’ Hall

Easily Cork city’s most atmospheric room and, in its 248th year, the oldest performance space of the city, The Freemasons’ Hall of the Province of Munster Freemasons, located on Tuckey Street, Cork, is the venue for a special fundraising concert on Saturday November 17th 2018. This year’s event is to benefit three worthy charitable organisations - The Cork International Choral Festival, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Irish Heart Foundation.

The concert – entitled A Musical Miscellany and celebrating its 10th edition this year – will comprise of classical and contemporary music featuring CADA Performing Arts, Cór Lae Nua (Female Chamber Choir), The PolyPhonics (Barbershop), Voices of Cork (Community Choir), Douglas Harmonia Singers (Mixed voice choir), with special guests Denis Lane (baritone), Noel Somers (tenor), Anne Birmingham (soprano), Michelle O'Brien (mezzo-soprano), Charlotte O'Connor (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Doyle (piano) and other guest artists.

The evening will commence at 7pm, with pre-concert drinks and canapés reception, with the concert commencing at 8pm in the Lodge Room.

Tickets cost €20, including refreshments, and may be obtained from the Choral Festival Office, Civic Trust House, 50 Pope’s Quay (tel.: 021-4215125 - administrator@corkchoral.ie) or from the Masonic Hall (munsterfreemason@gmail.com)

 


65th Cork International Choral Festival - Last call for applications!

 

Happy October folks!

Things are ramping up in Festival HQ as we approach the end of October - it's all go! Choir applications are coming in by the bucket-load and the Festival team is working extra hard to to make sure the 65th Cork International Choral Festival is the best one yet.

While you read, International applications are still open for 2019 and beyond, and if you have any queries, don't hesitate - get in touch! Our team will be delighted to answer all your questions and help you through the application process.

Make sure you check out the details below to get more information on both the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition and our Non-Competitive strand, or download our International Syllabus.

 

Fleischmann International Trophy Competition

Each year some of the finest amateur choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs will also be scheduled for a range of additional festival activities throughout the week including fringe concerts, church and informal performances. A Meet and Greet session and a nightly Festival Club is organised to allow participants to get to know each other and to meet in a convivial social setting.

Application deadline: 31st October 2018

For more details: Fleischmann International Trophy Competition

 

Non-Competitive Participation

Each year a number of international choirs are selected to participate in the non-competitive strand of the Festival. Participating non-competitively gives choirs the opportunity to present informal performances in various locations across the city, while having the possibility to meet with other choirs, see some of Ireland’s beautiful countryside, attend some of the festival events, sing, mingle, and soak up the festival atmosphere here in Cork.

Applications deadline: 30th November 2018

For more details: Non-Competitive Participation

 

Don't delay - download our International Syllabus to get your applications in!


Introducing the new team at the office of 2019 CICF

Leaves are now falling after quite a nice Irish summer, but work is picking up the pace here in the office as the team starts working hard on the 65th Cork International Choral Festival, which will take place from 1st to 5th May 2019.
We are happy to introduce the team at the office of CICF! Choral Festival Manager is Elaine Fitzgerald and Festival Administrators are Michela Del Tin and Anne Daly.

We are looking forward to bringing you another jam packed, song loving, toe tapping choral festival next May Bank Holiday weekend. We hope you can join us! Our City will be alive with song!

Reminding all that October 31st is the last day upon which the festival can accept applications from choirs for the 2019 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition. Following a thrilling 2018 competition, we're expecting our busiest year yet, thus interested choirs are advised to apply early.

Find out more about the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition

Download the application form


White Smoke for the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition

February 2018

Cork International Choral Festival is proud to announce, Donal Sarsfield as the winner of the 2018 Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition. As winner of the competition, his piece A Grain in the Balance will receive its world première in the spectacular surrounds of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral on Friday 20th April 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. In what was an exceptional high-quality competition, an additional composition was chosen as runner-up, which was Kenneth Edge with his piece When you are old.

As a composer Donal Sarsfield primarily records, transforms and organises sounds. In all his recent work he is interested in stimulating a perceptual link between the listener, the work and the world in which we live. His PhD in Electroacoustic Composition at the University of Manchester, funded by the Elizabeth Maconchy Composition Fellowship, involved composing pieces which focus on one particular sound source, be it the sound of clapping, doors, or snare drums. The goal was to develop a greater awareness about listening and sound. Since his PhD, Donal has broadened his compositional approach to look at the same concerns, but from different perspectives. He also performs as a singer, both in a renaissance choir in Liverpool, and recently as a performer of his own works. On receiving the news of his win, Donal said:

“I am delighted to have been chosen for the O'Riada competition. Having attended Cork Choral Festival before, it has a particular energy which is infectious and it is a pleasure to be invited back when the city will be filled with so many incredible voices. Hearing my piece performed by Chamber Choir Ireland is also an honour which I will enjoy more than words can express. Although winning is a boost for the confidence, when I sent the score in the post I felt somehow that I had already won; can anybody imagine a greater prize than music in one's life?”

His composition, A Grain in the Balance was chosen by the members of the judging panel, composers Rhona Clarke and Andrew Hamilton, and Paul Hillier, Artistic Director and Conductor of CCI, who summarised their reaction and evaluation to Sarsfield’s winning piece as follows:

“The piece has a good structure and shows a sense of adventure and playfulness—especially in its rhythms."

Along with receiving a cash prize, kindly donated by the Ó Riada family, Donal’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 another world première of a piece by Andrew Hamilton that was specially commissioned by the Festival. Donal will also play an integral part in the Festival’s Choral Symposium. As part of this Symposium the Festival will also feature the runner up in the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition, Kenneth Edge, giving his composed work, When You Are Old, a performance reading under the direction of Paul Hillier and Chamber Choir Ireland in an interactive workshop session on Friday 20th April at 2pm in Cork School of Music.

Initiated in 1972, the present format of the Seán Ó Riada Competition offers a platform for Irish composers 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 and last year’s winner, Criostóir Ó Loingsigh. With nearly 200 compositions being submitted in the past 8 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