Closing Gala by Magdalena BednarekThe idea of a Choral Symposium was introduced in 2016 to better reflect, and enhance, the present development of choral music and its composition and practice in Ireland. It offers a wider vision, and a more interactive platform, for composers, conductors, singers, practitioners, and students to meet, experience, and discuss.

All featured presenters have a shared commitment to its central purpose. To place no restrictions of access and cost to participants, the symposium is offered over three days and is free of charge to attendees. The Festival thanks CIT School of Music for its collaborative support in making the facilities of the school available to us.

As an integral part of the Choral Symposium we also offer a related range of interesting talks and practical sessions on choral practice over three days. Full information is available in the pages below. Attendees are very welcome to attend, at no charge.

Choral Symposium Schedule

Thursday 27th April

THE ART OF A CAPPELLA MASTERCLASS – The Swingles

11am – 1pm Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music

 

CORE SINGING™ – Dr. Trish Rooney

5pm – 7pm Doolan Room (Room 217), CIT Cork School of Music

 

Friday 28th April

COMPOSERS IN THE CLASSROOM Performance

10am Millenium Hall, Cork City Hall

 

SEMINAR ON NEW CHORAL MUSIC – Chamber Choir Ireland & Paul Hillier

2pm – 5pm* Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music

 

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE WORKSHOP – Mary Shorten in conjunction with AOIC

5.15pm – 6.15pm Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music

 

Saturday 29th April

CHOIR VOICING WORKSHOP – Kevin O’Carroll in conjuction with AOIC

10am – 11am Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music

 

THE COMPOSER SPEAKS – Rhona Clarke – Voices In My Head: Choral Compositions and the Irish Context

11.15am – 12pm Doolan Room (Room 217), CIT Cork School of Music

 

THE BIG SING

12pm Cork City Hall

 

VOICE PRODUCTION – with Majella Cullagh in conjunction with AOIC

1.30pm – 2.30pm Doolan Room (Room 217), CIT Cork School of Music

 

 

2017 Festival Commissions

David Fennessy

Commissioned piece: Ne Reminicaris

 

Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition Winning Composer

John Lonergan

Commissioned piece: City Shower

 

Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition Shortlisted Composers

Michael Doherty – The Art of Dying

Criostóir Ó Loingsigh – Scél Lemm Duib

 

Read more about all 2017 Festival Commissions.