Last updated: 5 November 2020

We look forward to bringing lots more singing, choral fun and magical moments to you in 2021!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Cork International Choral Festival will go ahead in 2021 on the planned dates, 28th April – 2nd May, in the form of a hybrid festival.

The support that we have received from everyone has given us the confidence to take this unprecedented situation as an opportunity to actively reimagine our festival, following in the courageous footsteps of other events and cultural organisations who have already initiated this radical transformation of the arts and the cultural sector.

As an international choral festival we are part of the global call for promotion of choral music in all its many forms. Delivery of a blended festival in 2021, which will include in-person and online events, will not replace that which is core to our mission.

It has been a year of transformation and we are learning to live in these strange times in the same way that you are. More than ever, the 2021 edition will be everyone’s festival as we continue to include your input and feedback in our plans in order to make sure next that next year’s celebration of choral music is as accessible, inclusive and safe as possible.

We are accepting international applications and expressions of interest for participation in next year’s Cork International Choral Festival. Whilst the essence of our 2021 International Syllabus is similar to that of previous years, some material has been amended and updated to incorporate the current international climate. Please read each section carefully, even if you are familiar with our Syllabus. You will find details of new participation options and updated rules.

Application deadlines for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition and the International Non-Competitive strand have been extended until 31st December 2020 and new rules have been introduced. We are excited to announce the expansion of our international competition programme with the launch of a new International A Cappella Video Competition – Application deadline: 28th February 2021.

To prove our commitment to providing our participants with a safe space, the Cork International Choral Festival has successfully applied to the COVID-19 Safety Charter and all our staff have completed Fáilte Ireland’s Infection Prevention Control for Tourism Businesses course. You can learn more about Fáilte Ireland’s COVID-19 Safety Charter here.

We will continue to work in close consultation with national and local authorities to ensure that safety is our first priority. All events are subject to short-notice change or cancellation. We ask you for your understanding and patience with this, and also to keep in regular contact with the Festival Office. Do not hesitate to get in touch at should you have any questions relating to your participation.

We look forward to meeting you all next year.

Stay safe!