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.

Choral music is, by definition, a group activity and we are fully aware of the logistical challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic has imposed on the international choral world. The health and safety of everyone taking part in our event is our number one priority. In spite of the recent announcements worldwide and advances with vaccines, gatherings in Ireland, including group rehearsals and performances, remain discouraged at the time of writing. The Cork International Choral Festival is fully supportive of these safety measures and will continue to follow the latest guidance from local and national authorities in the interests of the health and welfare of all.

In light of the significant effect that the pandemic has had upon the group singing sector, some elements of this year’s Cork International Choral Festival will not be possible. As we continue to monitor the developments, we have taken this unprecedented situation as an opportunity to actively reimagine our Festival.

The International Syllabus has been amended and updated to incorporate the current national and international climate. For the first time this year we are launching a programme in which choirs from around the world can enter without needing to travel to Cork.

We ask you for your understanding and patience with this, and also to keep in regular contact with the Festival Office.

New - International A Cappella Video Competition

We are excited to announce the expansion of our international competition programme. For the first time this year we are launching a new International A Cappella Video Competition in which choirs from around the world can enter without needing to travel abroad!... Read more

International Non-Competitive Online Participation

The International Non-Competitive strand will have a new look this year! Non-Competitive choirs are invited to submit a video of the choir performing a programme of pieces. Entry is free and we will broadcast the performances on the Festival’s online channels throughout the Festival week... Read more