The news of the death of Brian Ó Dubhghaill, former Music Inspector and Director of Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, on 17 October 2013, brings to an end a major chapter in the choral life of Ireland, and of the Cork International Choral Festival. Brian and Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath participated with great success in the festival and his consummate musicianship and artistry always impacted on the audience and, needless to say, the adjudicators. He made a major contribution to the development of choral music in this country and Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath had a well-deserved national and international reputation. Brian was well known in the musical and educational life of the country in his work as DES Inspector, conductor, adjudicator, and a great supporter of the Festival over many years. A fine musician and a man of integrity, he was kind, gentle, and self-effacing and was highly regarded by all who knew him. Our next festival will be the 60th Celebration Festival and he would have been one of the few persons left whose choral life straddled that period. The Festival extends its deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.
We are even more delighted to announce that our lovely little website www.corkchoral.ie has now made it to the Semi-Finals of the Web Awards 2013! We have been chosen as semi-finalists in the following categories:
Best Music Site
Best Entertainment Website
Best Arts Website
Check out all the Semi-Finalists here!
The Seán Ó Riada Competition is a composition competition which invites the submission of new works from both established and emerging composers born, or resident in Ireland. The competition is a collaboration between the Cork International Choral Festival and the National Chamber Choir of Ireland.
The winning composition will be selected by a panel, comprising of composers and choral experts, and will become a featured work at the Seminar for New Choral Music (artists in residence—The National Chamber Choir of Ireland). It will receive its premiere performance during the 60th Cork International Choral Festival at a Gala Concert given by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier, on Friday 2nd May 2014. The composer of the work will be invited to attend the Festival as its guest and play an active part in the Seminar session.
The submissions are presented anonymously and labelled with a pseudonym during the selection process. Closing Date for entries is Friday 13th December 2013
Previous winners of the competition include such well-known names as Rhona Clarke, Patrick Connolly, Séamas de Barra, Michael Holohan, Marian Ingoldsby, Simon MacHale, Michael McGlynn, Kevin O’Connell, and last year’s winner, Solfa Carlile.
For further information on application procedure and to download the 2014 Application Form please see https://www.corkchoral.ie/sean-o-riada-composition-competition/
Following the excitement and success of last year’s inaugural competition, entries for this year’s IRELAND’S CHOIR OF THE YEAR Competition are already arriving into Festival HQ!
IRELAND’S CHOIR OF THE YEAR is our prestigious feature event for Irish choirs. This competition is an important performance and competitive platform for Irish choirs of national standing and offers them the opportunity of comparison with international standards of choral performance.
Congratulations once again to last year’s winners of IRELAND’S CHOIR OF THE YEAR, New Dublin Voices and their conductor Bernie Sherlock who were also awarded 2nd Prize in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition! New Dublin Voices have followed up their achievements in Cork with major win at the recent Concorso Polifonico in Arezzo, Italy. The Irish chamber choir scooped First Prize earning themselves a place in the Grand Prix taking place in Debrecen, Hungary, next March. Congratulations NDV!
The Cork International Choral Festival wishes Bernie and New Dublin Voices the very best with their preparations for the Grand Prix and we hope to see them in Cork in the near future!
We’re delighted to officially announce our NEW Composers in the Classroom schools for 2013/14!!
A wonderful year of music ahead with our SUPER talented composers, Sam Barker, Paul Linehan, Louise McCarthy & Emily Magner!
Remember to keep up to date with participating schools, composers and music teachers on our Composers in the Classroom Facebook Page!
Cork International Choral Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Offices of Cork City and County Councils for Composers in the Classroom.