Each year a number of international choirs are selected to participate in the non-competitive strand of the Festival. Participating non-competitively gives choirs the opportunity to present informal performances in various locations across the city, while having the possibility to meet with other choirs, see some of Ireland’s beautiful countryside, attend some of the festival events, sing, mingle, and soak up the festival atmosphere here in Cork.
The Festival is very flexible in terms of programming non-competitive choirs, and they are free to organize their own tourist activities while here.
As well as foreign choirs, the Festival annually welcomes approximately 100 adult, youth and school choirs from all across Ireland. Overall, the Festival attracts some 5000 participants. With a wide-ranging programme featuring world-class performances in its Gala Concerts, and Fringe Concerts, the festival also features an important Choral Symposium, New Commissions, Workshops, Masterclasses, National Competitions, Festival Club, and a wide-ranging outreach programme incorporating its Choral Trail, Sacred Trail, Meet and Greets, and a Big Sing. The Cork International Choral Festival brings Cork to life for a celebration of the best of choral music in all its many forms.