Saturday 29th April, 10.40am
Cór Cois Abhann founded in 1990 is a mixed voice ensemble based in Cork City and led by Dr. Ian Sexton. The choir performs in concerts, festivals nationally, internationally and in charity work throughout the year. Cór Cois Abhann has a broad repertoire ranging from the high arts canon to choral arrangements of light and popular music. The choir regularly undertakes major works with orchestras and international artistes. Recently the choir has performed Verdi’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah to critical acclaim. Ian Sexton has the great honour of being Musical Director of Cór Cois Abhann for more than fifteen years. He is an experienced musician having performed, recorded and broadcast all over Europe and in America as an organist, choral director, teacher and examiner. He studied at two London conservatories (Trinity Laban and RCM) and the University of St Andrews. He has held positions at Rochester Cathedral, Kent, UK, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin,St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork, as well as various other church positions in Britain and Ireland. Ian enjoys teaching and has been on the staff at Wesley College Dublin, the Department of Music, UCC, Kilkenny College (where he was Head of Music) and is currently Precentor of Midleton College. An experienced examiner and adjudicator—he is presently Principal Examiner in Music for the International Baccalaureate Organisation and he has examined some 10,000 Royal Irish Academy of Music candidates over a period of twenty years all over Ireland. He is also an experienced adjudicator with the International Federation of Festivals and, indeed, may be found adjudicating at the AIMS Choral Festival this year.
Saturday 29th April, 1.30pm