Thursday Teaser: VocaMe

VocaMe01VocaMe from Germany, is an ensemble made up of four renowned female vocalists from the field of early music, directed and accompanied by Michael Popp. The group comprises of: Sigrid Hausen mezzo-soprano, Sarah M. Newman -soprano,  Petra Noskaiová - mezzo-soprano, and Gerlinde Sämann -soprano.

VocaMe will perform at this year's Evocations, our late night concert, noted for its sacred and reflective atmosphere. This Munich based ensemble  accompanied by Michael Popp on period instruments, will feature music of the medieval composers Hildegard Von Bingen and Kassia. A rare opportunity to hear the music of these renowned composers performed by such a highly regarded group.

To book tickets to VocaMe click here.

Group Discounts Available

We are delighted to offer groups of 10 or more a 15% discount on tickets to all of our Gala Concerts. Contact Festival Office at or download form and send it in to us at; Cork International Choral Festival,  Civic Trust House, 50 Pope's Quay, Cork.


Download Group Discount Form here.


Thursday Teaser: Chamber Choir Ireland

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Internationally celebrated, Grammy winning musical maestro, Paul Hillier, will bring the Cork International Choral Festival's resident ensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland, to St Fin Barre’s Cathedral on Friday 1st May at 7:30pm. Chamber Choir Ireland is known for its unique approach to programming and has gained a reputation for the high artistic quality of its performances. The Choir remains a thriving force on a very active choral scene both at home and abroad. Since its inception, the Choir has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary Irish choral music through its commitment to commissioning new work. The Choir’s repertoire spans from early to contemporary music, regularly commissioning pioneering vocal work by both Irish and International composers. Commissions have included composers such as Gerald Barry, Tarik O’Regan, Kevin Volans, Andrew Hamilton, Siobhán Cleary, and Jennifer Walshe. The Choir has a strong commitment to touring in Ireland and continues to develop its touring network in order to present high quality choral concerts to audiences all around the country.

The programme to be performed at the Cork International Choral Festival is an eclectic mix of American shaker songs and fuging songs, a beautiful setting from Song of Songs by Howard Skempton, concluding with an Emily Dickinson text set by American composer, Elliott Carter Musicians wrestle everywhere.  A newly commissioned piece from composer Ian Wilson will be premiered on the night in addition to a premier performance of the winning composition from the 2015 Séan Ó Riada Competition for Irish composers.

Internationally, the Choir has toured in Europe, Asia and South America and in 2011 undertook its first US tour with the assistance of Culture Ireland as part of Imagine Ireland, a year of Irish Arts in America 2011 following on from a performance in The White House in March 2011. In 2014, the Choir performed in the prestigious Diaghilev Festival, Perm, Russia.

In recent years the Choir has made a renewed commitment to recording with recent releases including One Day Fine on the RTE Lyric FM label and Acallam na Senórach on the Harmonia Mundi label, as well as a recording to accompany the publication of Choirland: An Anthology of Irish Choral Music in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Choirs. Future recordings include a recording of works by Gerald Barry also featuring the Crash Ensemble (2015), and a collection of Christmas music on the Harmonia Mundi label (October 2014). The Choir continues to foster relationships with other distinguished performing ensembles and organisations both at home and abroad including the Crash Ensemble, Theatre of Voices, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Centre, and the Association of Irish Choirs. The Choir enjoys a unique relationship with Cork International Choral Festival where it is Choir-in-Residence on an annual basis.


To buy tickets to Chamber Choir Ireland please click here


Thursday Teaser: Rajaton


Rajaton's first ever concert abroad as an invited performer was at the 46th Cork International Choral Festival in the year 2000. We are delighted to welcome Rajaton back to the 61st Cork International Choral Festival as one of our Gala Concert performers, and we look forward to hearing their inspiring, imaginative a capella music once more. This group which was  founded in 1997 comprises of: Essi Wuorela (Soprano), Virpi Moskari (Soprano), Soila Sariola (Alto), Hannu Lepola (Tenor), Ahti Panu (Baratone), and founding mamber Jussi Chydenius (Bass).


Performing at concert halls, churches, jazz and choral festivals, Rajaton approaches all styles of music with the same level of commitment and integrity, making it difficult to imagine an audience that they could not inspire, or a type of music they could not make their own. In their native Finland, Rajaton is a bona fide pop phenomenon, successfully bridging the gap that often exists between classical and mainstream convention. Rajaton has released 13 different albums, their latest conquest being a children’s album, Suomen lasten lauluja (Songs of Finland’s Children), released in 2012. The last three of their albums were released through the group’s own record label, Boundless Records. In the autumn of 2014, Rajaton celebrated 17 years of music-making with one double platinum, three platinum and eight gold records in Finland and worldwide record sales drew near 400,000 copies altogether.


Afternoons in the Atrium & Emmet Place Market Stage 2015

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We are looking for wonderful choirs to partake in our Afternoons in the Atrium and Emmet Place Market Concert series 2015. At this point in time all our competitions have been programmed, but your choir still has the opportunity to partake in the 61st Cork International Choral Festival. This year our Afternoons in the Atrium series runs on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May in the Clarion Hotel between 2 & 6pm. Our Emmet Place Market Concert will take place throughout Saturday 2nd May.

Each Festival weekend, as part of the popular Afternoons in the Atrium, national and international choirs present short performances back to back from 2pm to 6pm in the laid back and informal atmosphere of the Clarion Hotel.

This year we are delighted to introduce our Emmet PlaceFood Market where a Festival Stage will be programmed with Choirs throughout Saturday 2nd May.

Please click here to download application form.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 17th April 2015.



Thursday Teaser: Opening Gala Soloists

Our Thursday Teaser this week puts the spotlight on our Opening Gala soloists. Deirdre Moynihan (soprano) and Bridget Knowles (alto).  We are looking forward to what promises to be a spectacular event with stunning vocal performances.

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Deirdre Moynihan’s CD of Vivaldi Cantatas was released by Naxos in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. Her voice was described as “unfailingly beautiful in tone” (International Record Review) and “perfectly suited to baroque music” (Music Web International). A second 2014 release, ‘From The Olive Tree’, with classical guitarist Alec O’ Leary, received praise for the  “striking clarity” of Deirdre’s vocal performance. She has sung as a soloist with, amongst others, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Crash Ensemble. 2014 included performances at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ardee Baroque and a series of concerts in Japan. 2015 includes performances with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra & RTÉ ConTempo quartet in addition to a recital at KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival.  Deirdre holds an MA in Vocal Performance from the Cork School of Music. She is also the Programmes Manager for Music Network.





Bridget Knowles

Mezzo-soprano Bridget Knowles studied at UCC, Cork School of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and the National Opera Studio, London. She has appeared as soloist on many top national and international stages including the  National Concert Hall, Dublin; the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and the Händel-Halle, Leipzig. She has performed with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Irish Baroque Orchestra; and has worked with conductors such as Charles Mackerras, William Christie, Alessandro Anissimov and Prionnsias O’Duinn. She is a lecturer in the Department of Creative and Performing Arts, WIT.





Official Announcement

To all our Festival supporters and friends:


Cork International Choral Festival and Carmina Slovenica wish to inform you that due to an illness within the group, the April tour including the CICF Gala Concert of Carmina Slovenica on Thursday 30th April will not go ahead.


The Cork International Choral Festival wishes the very best to those involved and conveys its utmost appreciation and respect to Karmina and the Carmina Slovenica Ensemble.


All ticket holders who purchased tickets will be fully refunded through the venue of purchase.


Our sincere thanks to all our steadfast supporters whom are no doubt wishing the group all the best also.


With thanks,


Sinéad and the Cork International Choral Festival Team. 


If you are interested in photography, and would like the opportunity to work alongside a professional photographer, read on. The Cork International Choral Festival is looking for an assistant photographer for our 2015 Festival.

You will work individually, and alongside the official Festival photographer documenting the gala concerts, and fringe events taking place in various venues throughout for the duration of the Festival. This unpaid position provides an invaluable opportunity to improve your skills, broaden your knowledge of the craft, and make contacts in the industry and gain valuable practical experience.

This position will take place from 29th April –3rd May. This unique, hands-on experience will prepare you for a career in photography and offer an insight into the behind the scenes running of a major festival.


You must be over 18 and able to supply your own camera.

Please apply with CV and portfolio to;




Festival Accommodation Guide 2015

Accom Guide 2015

Attention International Choirs! Check out the 2015 Festival Accommodation Guide.

Every year the Festival compiles a guide of specially negotiated accommodation rates which have been supplied specifically to assist choirs in booking accommodation for their stay in Cork for the 2015 Festival. Please note that choirs are responsible for all matters related to the organisation, booking, and payment of all accommodation and meals during their stay in Cork.

Individuals are also welcome to contact the listed Hotels / B&B’s / Hostels, but please note that there may be differences in prices quoted for individual bookings.

The Accommodation Guide is compiled from a range of local hotels, guest houses and hostels, all of whom have been hosting choirs with great success for many years.

Take a look at the 2015 Festival Accommodation Guide here! 

Applications 2015 - Frequently Asked Questions

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