Cork International Choral Festival
Apr 30 2014 - May 04 2014
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Join in to celebrate 60 years of bringing a city to life with song; and experience an extra exciting programme of gala concerts, national and international competitions and internationally renowned performances.
Founded in 1954 to be a dynamic force in developing choral music in Ireland, the Cork International Choral Festival is held annually over the four days preceding the first Monday in May in Cork's City Hall (capacity 1,000) – an attractive and acoustically superb venue in Ireland. It is one of Europe's premier international choral festivals and is noted for its high competitive standards.
Each year some of the finest amateur international choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs also have an opportunity to perform non-competitively in a range of festival activities presented over the weekend, including fringe concerts, and church and informal performances. Their presence gives audiences and Irish choirs the unique opportunity of attending a diverse range of concerts and competitive sessions while in Cork.
As well as foreign choirs, the festival annually features up to 100 adult, youth and school choirs who participate in national competitions. Overall the festival attracts some 5000 participants. The Cork International Choral Festival continues to ensure that choral music, representative of many historical and cultural traditions, is brought to the people of Cork and the many visitors who travel to the city for the event.