Applications for online participation in the 2021 Festival are now open!

National A Cappella Video Competition

For the first time this year we are launching a new National A Cappella Video Competition in which choirs can enter without needing to travel to Cork! We are inviting you to submit a video in performance of your choir to be judged by our international jury, either in the form of an unpublished video of a live performance, or by compiling a virtual performance made up of individual choir members’ videos. The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony of the Cork International Choral Festival. Read more

National Non-Competitive Online Participation

The National Non-Competitive strand will have a new look this year! Non-Competitive choirs are invited to submit an archival video of a choral performance, or a virtual video production (e.g. a “virtual choir” video). Entry is free and we will broadcast the performances on the Festival’s online channels throughout the Festival week. Read more

Covid-19 Update

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

Should the government guidelines change in the intervening period to allow live events, we will adapt our plans to the new measures and notify the public on our website. Depending on the level of the restrictions in place at the time of our event, an opportunity may be offered to national choirs to perform non-competitively in outdoor locations or qualified indoor venues. Any updates will be available on our website and will complement the information in the 2021 National Syllabus.

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