2020 FITC applications closing on 31st October!

Only 10 days left to apply for the 2020 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition!

The 66th Cork International Choral Festival will take place on 29 April - 3 May 2020 and will feature a programme of choral concerts, international and national competitions, Choral Symposium, workshops and masterclasses, as thousands of participants bring the city to life for five days.

Each year some of the finest amateur choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs are also scheduled for a range of additional festival activities throughout the week including Fringe Concerts, Meet and Greet, and inclusion on our Choral and Sacred Trails.

The closing date for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition is 31st October 2019.

Full details of the competition and the application form are available here.

SOLD OUT 2019 Christmas at the Cathedral - Saturday 7th December

***The event is sold out. Thank you all and see you there!***


Cork International Choral Festival presents

2019 Christmas at the Cathedral – A Festival of Bells

With Fiona O’Reilly & Dan Twomey
CADA Performing Arts, Carrigaline Gospel Choir, Cór Scoil Oilibhéir, Gaudete Choir Rochestown, Music Mash Up Hip Hop Choir
Saturday 7th December, 8pm
St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Cork International Choral Festival is proud to present an evening with acclaimed soprano Fiona O’Reilly and tenor Dan Twomey for an evening of festive carols, song and poetry in the stunning surrounds of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral on Saturday 7th December 2019 at 8pm.

Fiona and Dan will be joined on the evening by actors and singers from CADA Performing Arts (principal Catherine Mahon Buckely), Carrigaline Gospel Choir (conductor Karen Byrne), Cór Scoil Oilibhéir (conductor Angela Ward), Gaudete Choir Rochestown (conductor Pat Sheehan Corbett) and Music Mash Up Hip Hop Choir.

The evening is directed by Catherine Mahon Buckley, aided musically by Tom Doyle and guarantees to deliver an evening of festive fuzziness!

Tickets priced at €22 are available online at corkinternationalchoralfestival.ticketsolve.com and by phone (021 4215125). Book now to avoid disappointment.

12th World Symposium on Choral Music - Auckland, New Zealand

Thousands of choral music performers, presenters and practitioners are headed to Auckland for the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music on 11-18 July 2020.

Reminding all that registrations for WSCM2020 are open and the line-up has been released! Head to the WCSM2020 website for the full list of choirs and presenters, and get a taster of what’s to come.

Register for the Symposium before 31 December 2019 and you’ll save on registration fees – and if you book before 31 October 2019 you’ll be in the draw to win a Superior King room at Auckland’s newest hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton, in the heart of the vibrant CBD – right across the street from the WSCM2020 venues.

But, wait, there’s more…there is a second prize! The second randomly drawn winner will receive an America’s Cup Experience for two. Full competition terms and conditions available here.

2020 Internship Opportunities

The Cork International Choral Festival is looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated candidates for the 66th edition!

We have 2 different internship positions available for the period January-May 2020 depending on your skills and aspirations.



Option 1 – Festival Office


We are looking for passionate candidates who are 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 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 box office, 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, proof-reading. 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


Option 2 – Graphic Design

We are looking for a graphic designer who wants to advance and develop their creative existing skills by working with the Festival Team on a range of projects across media and platforms.

What you will learn and be a part of

You have the opportunity to be a part of a lively, fun atmosphere, be exposed and participate in the production of a well-established and exciting festival. The position will have a variety of different tasks, including but not limited to the following: editing the festival programme booklet, creating posters and flyers and online adverts. You will also have the opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of festival events during the months leading up to the Cork International Choral Festival. 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

  • A quick-thinking, self-starter with the ability to multitask and willingness to take on projects
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Some experience with the Adobe Suite
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent written and spoken English

About the Internship

3 month internship period: 30 hours per week + increased hours during festival days (29th April – 3rd May 2020), 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 administrator@corkchoral.ie by 31st January 2020.


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.



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

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 http://culturenightcork.ie/events/civic-trust-house/

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 info@corkchoral.ie

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.