The Cork International Choral Festival highlights the best of choral music in Ireland. Irish choirs can participate in one of our many National Competitions or in our prestigious feature event for Irish choirs – Ireland’s Choir of the Year.

While the Festival takes place in dozens of venues across the city, the majority of the national competitions take place in Cork’s City Hall, one of the most attractive and acoustically superb venues in Ireland. The Church Music competition takes place in the evocative St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

The Cork Choral experience is unique in Ireland. While participation in competitions raises performance standards, we believe that choirs also benefit hugely by performing, listening to and experiencing different expressions of the choral art. Even at international level the range of opportunities in Cork is considered special.

All competitions are open to the public (admission €5, paid at door).

National Competitions for Schools

A platform for schools’ choirs from all over the country – the National Schools Competitions offer an opportunity for choirs to compete in Ireland’s foremost choral festival, while seeing, learning from and mingling with the many talented international choirs that also take part.

Primary School Choirs
Wednesday 1st May, h. 11 am, City Hall

Bunscoil Bhóthar na Naomh (Waterford)
Cór Scoil Oilibhéir (Cork)
Cór Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Cailíní, Bishopstown (Cork)
St. John’s Girls National School, Carrigaline (Cork)

Post-Primary Mixed Voice Choirs
Wednesday 1st May, h. 2.30 pm, City Hall

Ashton School Choir (Cork)
Newtown School Choir (Waterford)
Wesley College Choir (Dublin)
Our Lady Secondary School Choir (Monaghan)
Glanmire Community College (Cork)

Post-Primary Equal Voice Choirs
Thursday 2nd May, h. 11 am, City Hall

Laurel Hill Coláiste F.C.J. (Limerick)
The ABC’s – The Aloysius Barbershop Chorus (Cork)
De La Salle Senior Choir (Waterford)
St. Francis College Senior Choir, Rochestown (Cork)
Loreto Secondary School Choir, Fermoy (Cork)
Ursuline Singers, Thurles (Tipperary)
Cór Choláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon (Cork)
Coláiste Mhuire School Choir, Ennis (Clare)

National Open Competitions

A platform for Youth and Adult choirs from all over the country – the National Open Competitions offer categories including Male, Female & Mixed Voice, Chamber Choir & Ensembles, Youth Choirs and Light, Jazz & Popular Music and Church Music Competition.

Chamber Choirs/Ensembles, Female Voice & Male Voice Choirs
Saturday 4th May, h. 9.20 am, City Hall

Chamber Choirs/Ensembles
NUIG Alumni Ensemble TBC
Cór Lae Nua (Cork)
Cantate (Cork)
Euphonics (Dublin)

Female Voice Choirs
Inver Ladies Choir (Wicklow)
Douglas Harmonia Singers (Cork)
Sunday Morning Singers (Tipperary)
Dulciana Vocal Ensemble (Dublin)
The Park Singers (Dublin)

Male Voice Choirs
Wicklow Male Voice Choir (Wicklow)
The Polyphonics (Cork)
Portadown Male Voice Choir (Armagh)

Mixed Voice, Youth Choirs & Ireland’s Choir of the Year
Sunday 5th May, h. 9.30 am, City Hall

Mixed Voice Choirs
Cork Contemporary Choir (Cork)
The Carrigaline Singers (Cork)
The Carrigaline Choral Group (Cork)

Youth Choirs
Dublin Youth Chamber Choir (Dublin)

Ireland’s Choir of the Year

Maynooth University Chamber Choir (Kildare)
UCC Singers (Cork)
NUIG Testostertones (Galway)
Dublin Youth Chamber Choir (Dublin)
Cantores Chamber Choir (Waterford)
The Park Singers (Dublin)
Cappella Lyrica (Cork)
Mornington Singers (Dublin)

Light, Jazz and Popular Music
Sunday 5th May, h. 2.00 pm, City Hall

The Barony Choir (Cork)
Scrubs, CUH Workplace Choir (Cork)
Testostertones (Galway)
The Polyphonics (Cork)
Gorey Choral Group (Wexford)
Java Ladies Chorus (Cork)
Euphonics (Dublin)
Douglas Harmonia Singers (Cork)
Forte Mixed Chamber Choir (Cork)
Vocem Darú – Durrow Commuity Choir (Laois)

Church Music
Sunday 5th May, h. 2.15 pm, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Inver Ladies Choir (Wicklow)
Gaudete – St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown (Cork)
Duhallow Choral Society (Cork)
Castlemartyr Choir (Cork)
The Carrigaline Choral Group (Cork)
UCC Singers (Cork)
Clontempo Choir (Tipperary)
Viva Voce Choir Cork (Cork)
Cór Magh Ealla (Cork)
Cappella Lyrica (Cork)
Cantores Chamber Choir (Waterford)


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