Each year the Festival undertakes a series of educational programmes especially developed to widen access to both the novice and experienced. Join us in 2020 for The Big Sing, Composers in the Classroom, School Friendship Concerts, the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition, as well as Seminar on New Choral Music, as the Cork International Choral Festival continues to push forward the development and reach of choral music.

Over the course of the Festival, symposium delegates entered into conversation, through Q&A structured sessions, with renowned choral music professionals. Read more

In collaboration with the Festival’s Choir in Residence, Chamber Choir Ireland, the Seminar maintains its initial purpose of commissioning new works to provide a platform for, and to encourage the composition and performance of, new choral music in Ireland. Read more

A composition competition which invites the submission of new works from Irish composers. Find out more about the new edition of Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition. Read more

Started in 1998 by the Festival and the Cork City and County Arts Officers, this scheme offers music students and teachers from city and county schools the opportunity to work with professional composers throughout the year. Read more

Launched during the 59th Festival, Choirscan is a new and exciting online resource aimed at non-professional and secondary school choirs both Irish and international, providing eight new choral arrangements of Irish language songs. Read more

Choirland is an anthology of contemporary Irish choral music with accompanying CD which was commissioned by the Arts Council in 2011/2012 celebrating 60 years since the foundation of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Read more