Culture Night - 20th September 2019 @ Civic Trust House

For Culture Night 2019, Civic Trust House, in collaboration with resident company Cork International Choral Festival, present the concert Around the World in 30 minutes. Friday 20th September at 7 pm, in the surroundings of one of Cork’s oldest inhabited buildings, Cork female voice chamber choir Cór Lae Nua will perform a mixture of early, sacred, contemporary and light music in various languages and by various composers from around the world, under the direction of Mr Nicholas McMurry.

The venue has limited capacity and places will be allocated on a first come basis. The concert will start at 7.00 pm. Civic Trust House will be open to the public from 6.30 pm.

Event details also available at

Civic Trust House
50 Pope's Quay
Phone: 021 421 5101

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral 150th Anniversary Composition Competition

In 2020 the current William Burgess Cathedral building will be 150 years old. As part of its celebrations and to commemorate this anniversary, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral invites all composers to enter the 150th Anniversary Composition Competition.

This award of €2000 is for the commission of a new set of Evening Canticles, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, written for the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Organ.

The new work will be premiered at the opening Festival Service of the 150th anniversary year on Sunday 29th November 2020 at 4pm in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, giving the composer a platform to showcase their talent. The work will also be recorded by the Cathedral Choir and organ on their new CD, which will be produced earlier in the year and launched on Friday 25th September, 2020.

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 29th November 2019.

Full details of the competition can be found here.

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

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

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.