2015 Cork International Choral Festival Programme

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29th April - 3rd May 2015

Bringing a city to life with song www.corkchoral.ie #LoveChoral


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Contents Introduction 04. Lord Mayor’s Foreword 05. Director’s Introduction

Gala Concerts 08. Opening Gala Night 11. Rajaton 13. Chamber Choir Ireland 17. Evocations: VocaMe 19. International Fleischmann Gala 23. Closing Gala

Fringe Concerts 27. Choirs at Christchurch I 27. Music at the Masonic Hall 28. Choirs at Christchurch II 28. Shandon Sunrise 29. Choirs at Christchurch III 29. St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral - Organ Recital 30. Music by Mozart 30. Irish Youth Chamber Choir - Heavenly Bodies 31. VocaMe (Féile Na Bealtaine) 31. The Office of Compline

Choral Gatherings 34. Choral Gathering Trail 37. Friendship Gathering Concerts

Education 40. 42. 43. 43. 44. 45.

The 47th Seminar on New Choral Music Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition Choir Voicing Workshop Alexander Technique Workshop 18th Composers In The Classroom The Big Sing

53. National Competition for Light, Jazz and Popular Music 54. National Competition for Church Music

Festival Awards 55. Festival Awards

Church Interchange & Sacred Trail 59. Church Interchange & Sacred Trail

Choral Art 61. Choral Art

Biographies 64. International Adjudicators 65. School Adjudicators 67. Fleischmann International Trophy Competition Choirs 71. Non Competitive Choirs’ 75. Performing Groups

Festival Sponsors & Organisers 76. Festival Sponsors & Organisers

Get Around Guide & Festival Features 81. Sights 83. Cafés & Bars 86. Restaurants 89. Hotels 91. Festival Features 93. 2016 Preview 95. Festival Map

Competitions 48. Primary Schools 48. Post Primary Mixed Voice Choirs 49. Post Primary Equal Voice 51. National Competitions: Female, Male Voice & Mixed Voice Choirs 52. National Competitions: Youth & Chamber Choirs & Ireland’s Choir of the Year 3


Lord Mayor’s Foreword Is cúis mór áthas dom fáilte croíúil a chuir romhaibh anseo le haghaidh an Cór Fhéile Idirnáisiúnta Chorcaí 2015. The Cork International Choral Festival, now in its 61st year, continues to grow from strength to strength as Cork’s oldest festival, having firmly established itself as one of the premier choral festivals in the world. Noted for the warmth of its welcome, the diversity of programmes and workshops, as well as the high standard of gala concerts and formal competitions, the festival continues to entice visitors from all over the world to come and experience Cork as the ultimate cultural destination. With so many highlights that I am personally looking forward to, it’s hard to pick a favourite, but seeing Cork come alive with song and having visitors from all over the world visit our beautiful city is without doubt a true success of the Cork International Choral Festival. I would like to take the opportunity to recognise and compliment the organisers of the Festival for their hard work, dedication and commitment, ensuring that this wonderful event happens so seamlessly, all the while positioning Cork at the centre of choral music in Europe. In addition, I would like to thank the many volunteers, patrons and venues for their continued support of the Festival, without whom this Festival would not be possible. The Cork International Choral Festival is one that truly belongs to the city having immersed itself so effortlessly into the fabric of our heritage, resulting in it being the annual cultural highlight of our diaries. I look forward to seeing you all there. Gúim gach rath oraibh leis an chlár seo agaibh. Cllr Mary Shields Ard Mhéara Chorcaí Lord Mayor of Cork

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Director’s Introduction Beirim fíor chaoin fáilte romhaibh go léir ag an 61ú Cór Fhéile Idirnáisiúnta Chorcaí 2015. Tá súil agam go mbainfidh sibh árd-thaithneamh as na laethanta atá romhainn. I am delighted to welcome you to the 61st Festival and I am confident our audiences will again experience a feast of choral music in all its historical and national diversity over the period of the festival. The extensive programme of events highlighted in this programme feature Gala Concerts, Fringe Concerts, an international competition of high standing, a seminar on new choral music, national adult and school competitions, educational activities, and church performances. They will take place in venues all over the city and county, indeed even as far away as Dingle, to ensure that Cork continues to be the place to be, to participate, experience, and enjoy the wonderful sounds of the human voice. 15 visiting foreign choirs and ensembles from Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Israel, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, and Sweden, will add colour, spectacle, and international diversity to our activities, including our Choral and Sacred Trails, Meet and Greet presentations, and Friendship Concert Series. It is a particular pleasure to highlight the highly regarded Cork-based vocal ensemble Madrigal ’75 in our opening gala concert on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of their founding. This concert, in which they will be joined by the Cork Baroque Orchestra, will showcase the present high standing of Irish choirs and instrumentalists. Important new works by Ian Wilson and Eoghan Desmond will be premiered at the festival as part of the Seminar on New Choral Music. We maintain our visual arts initiative with the commission of a series of ceramic plaques from Etain Hickey, the noted ceramicist. I take this opportunity to thank the Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland, Cork City Council and Cork County Council for their continued financial grant aid, and to Indaver Ireland, AIB Bank, the city’s hotels, and our other sponsors whose support allows us to plan and present this festival which is of major local, national and international significance. I acknowledge all our collaborators including CCI (Chamber Choir Ireland), CMC, AOIC, CIT Cork School of Music, Cork City Music Library, Féile na Bealtaine (Dingle), and the many city and county venues, particularly CIT Cork School of Music, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Triskel Christchurch, The Masonic Hall, St. Anne’s Church, Shandon and the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, who make their venues available to us to present different types of concerts, and to extend the impact of this festival to a wider audience base. I express my thanks to our dedicated administration team, the members of the Festival’s Boards, and particularly the committed involvement of all the volunteers, without whom the Festival could not take place. Gabhaim míle buíochas do gach éinne atá páirteach. To all who attend, whether participant or audience member, enjoy your time with us and know that you are an intrinsic part of this vibrant and successful festival. . John Fitzpatrick Artistic and Festival Director

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Gala Concerts


Opening Gala Concert Music of the Baroque Madrigal ’75 Cork Baroque Orchestra Concert also features music by the Band of 1 Brigade

Wednesday 29th April, 8pm, Cork City Hall Featuring Vivaldi’s well-known Gloria as well as works by Handel, Telemann, Purcell and Monteverdi. Tickets: €15, €25, €30 Limited Early Bird Tickets Available Presenter: Elmarie Mawe


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Programme: Gloria RV589 - Antonio Vivaldi (1678 -1741) Violin Concerto in A major ‘Die Relinge’ TWV51: A4 - Georg Philip Telemann (1681-1767) Beatus vir SV268 - Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) - Interval Chacony in G minor Z.730 If music be the food of love Z.379C Evening hymn Z.193 Chaconne in C major Z.629 - Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Dixit Dominus HWV232 - Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)

Madrigal ‘75 Vocal Ensemble James Taylor (Conductor)

Madrigal ‘75 is a vocal ensemble based in Cork City. Founded in 1975 by university students, the choir now comprises of a diverse combination of singers from all walks of life. Madrigal ‘75 has developed a reputation as a vocal ensemble of great skill and beauty, performing repertoire from the 14th century to contemporary choral works, both sacred and secular, including first performances of new commissions. In 2005 Madrigal ‘75 was a prominent participant in the Cork European Capital of Culture events and toured France as cultural ambassadors for the city. Madrigal ‘75 is also the winner of the Carols for Christmas 2006 and 2012 competitions on RTE Lyric FM. Other successes include Best Choir at the Montreux Festival, several Best Performances and First Prize awards at successive Cork International Choral Festivals, and the Irish Choir of the Year award. In 2013, Madrigal ‘75 returned to Montreux and was the highest placed choir in the mixed-voice category

as well as being a Grand Prix Finalist. In its 40 year history, the choir has performed with several of Ireland’s leading ensembles, including the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet and the Orchestra of St Cecilia. In 2008 and 2011, the choir presented the closing and opening concerts respectively of the East Cork Early Music Festival, followed by the highlight of 2014 when the choir was invited to present the atmospheric Evocations concert for the Cork International Choral Festival. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Madrigal ‘75, and to celebrate this occasion, the choir has a busy year of concerts planned as well as a tour to Europe later in the year. The choir is delighted to be performing the opening Concert of the 2015 Cork International Choral Festival. Since January 2007, Madrigal ‘75 has been directed by James Taylor, organist and harpsichordist, who, having held posts in the UK, New Zealand and Canada now lectures at CIT Cork School of Music. James has performed concerts in Canada and the USA, across Europe and New Zealand as well as participating in numerous television and radio broadcasts as a soloist and accompanist. His latest project is a recording of organ works on the newly restored organ in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. The vocal ensemble Madrigal ‘75, together with Barry Douglas (piano), Alex Petcu-Colan (percussion), and the Chiral Quartet, are Artistsin-Residence to the CIT Cork School of Music.

Madrigal ‘75: Sopranos: Aiveen Kearney, Deirdre Long, Eileen McMahon, Gemma Magner, Lorna Moore, Muirgen O’Mahony, Emma Power, Mary Shorten, Catalina Suarez, Veronica Tadman Altos: Catherine Frost, Hilary Lennon, Claire McSweeney, Áine Ní Shé, Amy O’Connell Tenors: Conor Brassil, Brian Callinan, Tim Fouhy, Aonghus Joyce, Mark Milford, Tomás Ó Drisceoil Basses: Gordon Garde, Ben Jacob, Rob Kennedy, Frank McCann, Fearghal O’Connor, Robbie Pender

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Cork Baroque Orchestra

national and international stages including the National Concert Hall, Dublin; the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and the Händel-Halle, Leipzig. She has performed with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Irish Baroque Orchestra; and has worked with conductors such as Charles Mackerras, William Christie, Alessandro Anissimov and Prionnsias O’Duinn. She is a lecturer in the Department of Creative and Performing Arts, WIT.

Cork Baroque Orchestra was set up as ‘resident band’ for East Cork Early Music Festival. Conceived as a response to the growing interest in historically inspired music performance, CBO provides a precious opportunity for Irish and Irish-based musicians to work with the world’s leading early music specialists, as part of a high-level, professional orchestra. CBO made its debut in 2013 (to great acclaim) with Finnish harpsichordist and conductor Aapo Hakkinen and; in 2014 one of the world’s foremost Baroque violinists, Elizabeth Wallfisch, led a programme of Vivaldi, Schmelzer, Telemann and a new work by the Clonakilty-based Justin Grounds. According to the Irish Examiner the result was “...memorable for (its) energy, sense of phrasing, dynamic contrasts, and brilliance”.

Deirdre Moynihan

Cork Baroque Orchestra: Harpsichord & conductor: James Taylor Violin 1: Claire Duff, Claire Fahy, Caitriona O’Mahony, Laure Giersch Violin 2: Marja Gaynor, Aine O’Halloran, Sarah Walsh Viola: Cian O’Duill, Lisa Dowdall Cello: Aoife Nic Athlaoich, Eimear Reidy Violone: Sarah Groser Oboe: Diego Nadra Trumpet: Vivienne Johnston

Bridget Knowles

www.deirdremoynihan.com Mezzo-soprano Bridget Knowles studied at UCC, Cork School of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and the National Opera Studio, London. She has appeared as soloist on many top

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Deirdre Moynihan’s CD of Vivaldi Cantatas was released by Naxos in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. Her voice was described as “unfailingly beautiful in tone” (International Record Review) and “perfectly suited to baroque music” (Music Web International). A second 2014 release, ‘From The Olive Tree’, with classical guitarist Alec O’ Leary, received praise for the “striking clarity” of Deirdre’s vocal performance. She has sung as a soloist with, amongst others, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Crash Ensemble. 2014 included performances at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ardee Baroque and a series of concerts in Japan. 2015 includes performances with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra & RTÉ ConTempo quartet in addition to a recital at KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival. Deirdre holds an MA in Vocal Performance from the Cork School of Music. She is also the Programmes Manager for Music Network.


Rajaton [Finland] the voice is boundless Thursday 30th April, 8pm, Cork City Hall This Finnish six-piece a cappella ensemble offers Cork audiences a unique opportunity to experience a magical evening of atmospheric music and contemporary pop, showing that their appeal, like their name, is “boundless”. “ …a seamless and full-coloured ensemble…” - Sound + Noise Tickets: €15, €20, €25 Presenter: Evelyn Grant


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Rajaton

Rajaton - the voice is boundless The Finnish word Rajaton translates as “boundless” - a word that so accurately describes the way this six-voice a cappella ensemble approaches music. Regularly performing around a hundred concerts and workshops each year, Rajaton exposes their audiences to the kind of diversity of repertoire, singing style, and stage presentation that has made them a phenomenon on the world stage. Performing at concert halls, churches, jazz and choral festivals, this distinct group of musicians approaches all styles of music with the same level of commitment and integrity, making it difficult to imagine an audience that they could not inspire, or a type of music they could not make their own. In their native Finland, Rajaton is a bona fide pop phenomenon, successfully bridging the gap that often exists between classical and mainstream convention. Rajaton has released 13 different albums, their latest conquest being a children’s album, Suomen lasten lauluja (Songs of Finland’s Children), released in 2012. The last three of their albums were released through the group’s own record label, Boundless Records. In the autumn of 2014, Rajaton celebrated 17 years of music-making with one double platinum, three platinum and eight gold records in Finland and worldwide record sales drew near 400,000 copies altogether. Ever seeking new artistic challenges, the group has grown immeasurably through collaborations with other a cappella artists, including The King’s Singers and The Real Group, as 12

well as productions with film directors and choreographers. But it is perhaps their deep passion for choral art, their generosity of spirit and their sheer enjoyment of singing that has won the hearts and acclaim of audiences and critics everywhere. Their energy - infectious; their ability to entertain and inspire - Rajaton! The voice is boundless.

Programme: Dobbin’s Flowery Vale - Trad. Irish, arr. Matti Kallio (b. 1976) Kaivo - Mia Makaroff (b. 1970) I Was Brought To My Senses - Sting (b. 1951), arr. Hannu Lepola Don’t Stop Me Now - Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), arr. Jussi Chydenius Anchor Song - Björk (b. 1965), arr. Hannu Lepola Butterfly - Mia Makaroff (b. 1970) Öin ja päivin - Eino Leino (1878-1926), Mia Makaroff (b. 1970) Villihanhen laulu - Katri Vala (1901-1944), Jussi Chydenius (b. 1972) Tórramat do nóebaengil - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b. 1963), Anon. 12th century Irish - I nterval Kivinen tie - Soila Sariola (b. 1977) Et maintenant - Gilbert Bécaud (1927-2001), arr. Ahti Paunu La dolce vita - Turkka Mali (b. 1956) Matti Puurtinen (b. 1949), arr. Hannu Lepola How Little - Mia Makaroff (b. 1970) Under pressure - Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) & David Bowie (b. 1947), arr. Hannu Lepola Voulez-Vous - Andersson (b. 1946) & Ulvaeus (b. 1945), arr. Jussi Chydenius Easy - Lionel Richie (b. 1949), arr. Hannu Lepola Jänöjussin mäenlasku - Georg Malmstén (1902-1981), arr. Hannu Lepola


Chamber Choir Ireland [Festival Choir In Residence]

Slouching towards Bethlehem Friday 1st May, 7.30pm, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral “ …Imaginatively programmed…exemplary standards… truly world-class…” - Culture Northern Ireland Tickets: €20 Presenter: John Fitzpatrick


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Chamber Choir Ireland Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Programme: American Shaker songs from the early 19th Century: Hail the memorable morn, In yonder vally, Lodle, O the happy journey, Give good gifts, Simple Gifts. Rise up my love - Howard Skempton (English, b, 1947) American Fasola Hymns & Fuging Tunes: I am the rose of Sharon - William Billings (1746-1800) Amanda - Justin Morgan (1747-1798) Brevity - Abraham Wood (1752-1804) Montgomery - Justin Morgan Jargon - William Billings Winner of the 2015 Sean O’Riada Competition:

WORLD PREMIERE

Mother Goose’s Melodies - Eoghan Desmond Festival Commission 2015:

WORLD PREMIERE

Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Ian Wilson (Irish, b. 1964) Edson Hymns and Fuging Tunes Dominion; Hudson; Prussia - Lewis Edson (American, 17481820) arr. Henry Cowell Musicians Wrestle Everywhere - Elliott Carter (American, 1908-2012) 14

Chamber Choir Ireland Chamber Choir Ireland is the country’s flagship choral ensemble under the internationally celebrated and multi-award-winning choral conductor, Paul Hillier, as Artistic Director. Formerly the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, the Choir is known for its unique approach to programming and has gained a reputation for the high artistic quality of its performances. The Choir remains a thriving force on a very active choral scene both at home and abroad. Since its inception, the Choir has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary Irish choral music through its commitment to commissioning new work. The Choir’s repertoire spans from early to contemporary music, regularly commissioning pioneering vocal work by both Irish and International composers. Commissions have included composers such as Gerald Barry, Tarik O’Regan, Kevin Volans, Andrew Hamilton, Siobhán Cleary, and Jennifer Walshe. The Choir has a strong commitment to touring in Ireland and continues to develop its touring network in order to present high quality choral concerts to audiences all around the country. Internationally, the Choir has toured in Europe, Asia and South America and in 2011 undertook its first US tour with the assistance of Culture Ireland as part of Imagine


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Ireland, a year of Irish Arts in America 2011 following on from a performance in The White House in March 2011. In 2014, the Choir performed in the prestigious Diaghilev Festival, Perm, Russia. In recent years the Choir has made a renewed commitment to recording with recent releases including One Day Fine on the RTE Lyric FM label and Acallam na Senórach on the Harmonia Mundi label, as well as a recording to accompany the publication of Choirland: An Anthology of Irish Choral Music in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Choirs. Future recordings include a recording of works by Gerald Barry also featuring the Crash Ensemble (2015), and a collection of Christmas music on the Harmonia Mundi label (October 2014). The Choir continues to foster relationships with other distinguished performing ensembles and organisations both at home and abroad including the Crash Ensemble, Theatre of Voices, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Centre, and the Association of Irish Choirs. The Choir enjoys a unique relationship with Cork International Choral Festival where it is Choir-in-Residence on an annual basis. Principal funding for Chamber Choir Ireland comes from the Arts Council /an Chomhairle Ealaíon, with additional support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund and Dublin City Council. The Choir is a Resident Ensemble in the National Concert Hall and Affiliated Artists to Dublin City University. www.chamberchoirireland.com

Paul Hillier

Artistic Director & Principal Conductor Paul Hillier is from Dorset in England and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His career has embraced singing, conducting, and writing about music. Earlier in his career he was founding director of the Hilliard Ensemble, and subsequently founded Theatre of Voices. He has taught in the USA at the University of California campuses at Santa Cruz and Davis, and from 19962003 was Director of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University. He was Principal Conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (2001-

2007) and has been Chief Conductor of Ars Nova Copenhagen since 2003. His recordings, over a hundred CDs including seven solo recitals, have earned worldwide acclaim and won numerous prizes. His books about Arvo Pärt and Steve Reich, together with numerous anthologies of choral music, are published by Oxford University Press. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to choral music. In 2007 he received the Order of the White Star of Estonia, and was awarded a Grammy for Best Choral Recording. In 2008 he took up the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, and in 2009 was invited to form the new Coro Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal. In 2010 he won a second Grammy (this time in the small ensemble category), for Theatre of Voices’ recording of David Lang’s ‘The Little Match Girl Passion’ (which also won a Pulitzer Prize), together with a selection of choral works by Lang, sung by Ars Nova Copenhagen.

47th Seminar on New Choral Music (see page 40) Friday 1st May, 2pm

Stack Theatre, Cork School of Music Explore ideas and exchange experiences with composers Ian Wilson, Eoghan Desmond & Rhona Clarke as well as hear specific input from Paul Hillier and the singers of Chamber Choir Ireland.

Performance Readings & Workshop of Sean O’Riada Competition (see page 42) Saturday 2nd May, 10am

Stack Theatre, Cork School of Music Following the successful Sean O’Riada Composition Competition, Chamber Choir Ireland offers performance readings including two works from shortlisted composers, Kevin Corcoran and Donal Sarsfield, in a discussion and workshop led by Paul Hillier. A wonderful opportunity for aspiring and emerging composers, together with choir directors and music students to find out more about the creative process in writing for choirs. 15


Hitting the right note Comhairle Cathrach ChorcaĂ­ Cork City Council

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Evocations VocaMe [Germany] Friday 1st May, 10.30pm, Cathedral St. Mary & St. Anne (North Cathedral) “…If there is a sound of eternity, this is it…” - General-Anzeiger, Bonn Tickets: €15 Limited Early Bird Tickets Available Presenter: Jane Fitzpatrick


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VocaMe

Programme: Kassia (810-865) Christina martys I ton lipsanon sou thiki O Vasilevs tis doxis Christos Phariseon Tin pentachordon lyran Hildegard Von Bingen (1089-1179) Aer enim volat Cum processit O virtus Sapientiae O quam mirabilis Texts of Christine De Pizan (1364-1430) Ballade Vers a Responce (Oevres poétiques) Mon ami, ne plourez plus (CB XXXI) A Dieu, mon ami (R. XXVIII) Mon chevalier (CB LXVI)

Sigrid Hausen, mezzo soprano Sarah M. Newman, soprano Petra Noskaiová, mezzo soprano Gerlinde Sämann, soprano

Michael Popp, musical direction, harp, santur, dilruba, vielle, oud

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VocaMe VocaMe is an ensemble made up of four renowned female vocalists from the field of early music, directed and accompanied by Michael Popp. The ensemble created a sensation with its first project, the world’s first recording of the hymns of Kassia, a ninth-century Byzantine female composer. These works will be coupled with the chants by well known German mystic of the 12th Century, Hildegard von Bingen. On the occasion of her canonization by the Catholic Church in 2012, Berlin Classics/Edel Records has released a sensational and exciting recording of Hildegard von Bingen’s beautiful chants. Presented side by side, listeners can hear the fascinating differences and similarities between the music and texts of these two women. Additionally, VocaMe will present several pieces as a part of their new program dedicated to the texts of 14th Century poetess Christine de Pizan set to the music of her time. VocaMe has performed at prestigious music festivals at home and abroad including: Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival, Recontres Musicales De La Vallée De L’Alzette (Luxembourg), Stockholm Early Music Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Vancouver Early Music Festival, Festival Tres Culturas Murcia, and Musica Sacra International.


International Fleischmann Gala Saturday 2nd May, 3pm & 8pm, Cork City Hall “ …Witness some of the world’s top amateur choirs…” Tickets: €10 entry to 3pm session €15, €20, €25 combined entry to both 3pm and 8pm sessions Presenters: Shayron Hobbs & Seán Ó Callanáin


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International Fleischmann Gala

SESSION 1 Saturday 2nd May, 3pm, Cork City Hall

Presenters: Shayron Hobbs & Seán Ó Callanáin Admission: €10 afternoon only, Family Ticket €15 (2+2 or 3+1) afternoon only €25/€20/€15 Combined entry to 3pm & 8pm session (Subject to booking fee)

GUEST PERFORMANCE The Bel Canto Youth Choir

GUEST PERFORMANCE Ardú Vocal Ensemble

[Canada] Conductor: Melanie Taylor Nothin’ Gonna Stumble my Feet - John Parker & Greg Gilpin Missa Brevis - Stephanie Martin Exultate Justi (Rejoice) - Lodivico Viadana (1560-1627)

[Ireland] Ubi Caritas - Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) Hide & Seek - Imogen Heap (b. 1977) Under pressure - Queen

Sibelius Upper Secondary School Chamber Choir [Finland] Conductor: Reijo Aittakumpu Salmo 150 - Ernani Aguiar (b.1950) Mother, I will Have a Husband - Thomas Vautor (1580-1620) A Boy and a Girl - Eric Whitacre (b.1970) Kaikki maat, te riemuitkaatte - Mia Makaroff (b.1970)

The Foerster Female Choir [Czech Republic] Conductor: Jaroslav Brych Duo Seraphim - Thomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) Bogorodice Devo - Petr Kovontha’ly (b. 1985) Hoj, Hura, Hoj - Otmar Ma’cha(1922-2006)

Gothenburg Youth Choir [Sweden] Conductor: Anne Johnson Super Flumina Babylonis - GP da Palestrina (1525-1594) The Tyger - Emil Råberg (b. 1985) Kung Liljekonvalje - David Wikander (1884-1955)

The Chamber Choir of The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music [Poland] Conductor: Janusz Stanecki Hear My Prayer, O Lord - Henry Purcell (1659-1695) O Vos Omnes - Szymon Godziemba-Trytek (b. 1988) Alleluja - Marek Jasinski (1949-2010) Daemon Irrepit Callidus - Gyorgy Orbán (b. 1947)

Reading Phoenix Choir [England] Conductor: David Crown Salvator Mundi - Thomas Tallis (c. 1508-1585) I Know My Soul Hath Power To Know All Things - CHH Parry (1848-1918) Ave Maris Stella - James MacMillan (b. 1959) Hodie Christus Natus Est - Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

GUEST PERFORMANCE Female Alumnae Choir Of TUT [Estonia] Conductor: Andres Heinapuu Anima Nostra Sicut Passer (Our Soul is like a Bird) - Vic Nees (1936-2013) Punaste Ohtute Purpur (The Red Purple Evenings) - Pärt Uusberg (b.1986) Käsikivmäng (Hand Mill Game) - Veljo Tormis (b. 1930)

- INTERVAL GUEST PERFORMANCE Cork Irish Dance Company [Ireland]

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International Fleischmann Gala

SESSION 2 Saturday 2nd May, 8pm, Cork City Hall

Presenters: Shayron Hobbs & Seán Ó Callanáin

Admission: €25/€20/€15 - Combined entry to 3pm & 8pm session (Subject to booking fee)

GUEST PERFORMANCE Regina Mundi College Choir

GUEST PERFORMANCE Ardú Vocal Ensemble

[Ireland] Conductor: Rose Beecher Fly Me To The Moon - Bart Howard (1915-2004) Éana - John Gibson (b.1951) Lyrics: Dr. Liam Hodder I Got Rhythm - Gershwin (b.1989-1937) Arr. M. Neaum

[Ireland] Run To You - Pentatonix Libertango - Astor Piazolla (1921-1992) Mack The Knife - Kurt Weill (1900-1950) arr. Fabio Alessi

Komorni zbor Hugo Wolf [Slovenia] Conductor: Aleš Marčič T’amo mia vita - Gesualdo da Venosa (1560-1613) Sechs geistliche Lieder nach Gedichten von Eichendorff: Nr. 2 Einkehr - Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) Ave - Maksimilijan Feguš (b. 1948) Pa ne pojdem prek polijan - Tadeja Vulc (b.1978)

New Dublin Voices [Ireland] Conductor: Bernie Sherlock Molaimís go Léir an tAon Mhac Críost - Ben Hanlon (b. 1952) lo mi son giovinetta - Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) O Nata Lux - Vytautus Miskinis (b.1954) Gloria - Greg Knauf (b. 1972)

The Chanterelles

Mornington Singers [Ireland] Conductor: Dr. Orla Flanagan Ez dut ahaztu - Paroles contre l’oubli, Op. 57- Thierry Machuel (b. 1962) Sing Joyfully - William Byrd (1543-1623) Am Himmelsfahrstage - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Jabberwocky - John Buckley (b. 1951)

Tallinn University Chamber Choir [Estonia] Conductor: Sander Tamm Super Flumina Babylonis - GP Palestrina (1525-1594) The Conversion of Saul - Z.R. Stroope (b. 1953) Mis Sa Sirised, Sirtsukene - C. Kreek (1939-1962) Õhtul - P. Uusberg (b. 1986)

[England] Conductor: Shirley Court Salmo 150 - Ernani Aguiar (b. 1949) Tears, Idle Tears (No. 3 From The Princess) - Gustav Holst (1874-1934) As Vesta Was From Latmos Hill Descending - Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623) Oh Soldier Soldier - Robert Latham

GUEST PERFORMANCE Portadown Male Voice Choir

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GUEST PERFORMANCE Cork Irish Dance Company

[Ireland] Conductor: Gordon Speers The Song Of The Jolly Roger - C.F. Chudleigh Candish Over The Rainbow - Harold Arlen, arr. Andrew Goddard (1905-86) Round The Riverside - arr. Saundra Berry Musser

[Ireland]

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Closing Gala Concert Sunday 3rd May, 8pm, Cork City Hall In Association with Indaver

“ …a joyful celebration of song and colour…” Tickets: €15, €20, €30 Presenters: Shayron Hobbs & Seán Ó Callanáin


Gala Concerts

Closing Gala

Sunday 3rd May, 8pm, Cork City Hall

Presenters: Shayron Hobbs & Seán Ó Callanáin

A dmission: €30/€20/€15 (Subject to booking fee)

The Foerster Female Choir [Czech Republic] Conductor: Jaroslav Brych Proverbia no. 1-Salve! - Otmar Mácha (1922-2006) Kravarky (Calling in shepherdesses) - Zdeněk Lukáš

Gothenburg Youth Choir [Sweden] Conductor: Anne Johansson The conversion of Saul - Z.Randall Stroope (b. 1953) Limu, limu, lima + Och jungfrun hon går i ringen (Swedish folksongs) - Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)

Komorni zbor Hugo Wolf [Slovenia] Conductor: Aleš Marčič Jaz bi rad cigajnar bil - Trad. Arr. Tadeja Vulc (b. 1978) Kookaburra (Australian child song) - Arr. Tadej Kušar (b. 1975)

Sibelius Upper Secondary School Chamber Choir [Finland] Conductor: Reijo Aittakumpu Nouse Lauluni - Soila Sariola (b. 1977) Run to you - Pentatonix

Mornington Singers [Ireland] Conductor: Dr. Orla Flanagan Train to Morrow - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b. 1963) Didn’t my lord deliver Daniel - Carl Haywood

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GUEST PERFORMANCE Ceoltóirí Mhuscraí [Ireland] Conductor: Martin Power

Reading Phoenix Choir [England] Conductor: David Crown Benedictus from The armed Man: a Mass for Peace - Karl Jenkins (b 1944) Lullaby of Birdland - George Shearing arr. Alexander L’Estrange (1919-2011)

The Chamber Choir of The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music [Poland] Conductor: Janusz Stanecki I denna ljuva sommartid (In this delightful summertime) - Bengt Ollén (b. 1950) Na Glinianym Wazoniku (On a clay vase) - Stanislaw Wiechowicz (1893-1963)

Tallinn University Chamber Choir [Estonia] Conductor: Sander Tamm ”Pulmade oootamine” (osa nr 1) ja “Ära Löö Noorikut” (osa nr 10) tsüklist 17 Eesti pulmalaulu - Veljo Tormis (b. 1988) Ja nii see läeb (And so it goes) - Billy Joel (b. 1949)

New Dublin Voices [Ireland] Conductor: Bernie Sherlock It was a lover and his lass - Ward Swingle (1927-2015) Bíonn siúlach scéalach - Matthew Erpelding

The Chanterelles [England] Conductor: Shirley Court Hymn of the travellers - Gustav Holst (1874-1934) The wedding ring - Geoffrey Russell Smith (b.1927)

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Fringe Concerts



Fringe Concerts

Choirs at Christchurch I

Wednesday 29th April, 1.10pm

Triskel Christchurch, South Main Street

Music at the Masonic Hall

Thursday 30th April, 11.00am

The Masonic Hall, Tuckey Street

Admission: FREE

Admission: FREE

In association with Triskel Christchurch.

Gothenburg Youth Choir [Sweden] Conductor: Anne Johansson

The Chamber Choir of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music [Poland] Conductor: Janusz Stanecki

This young, enigmatic choir bring their spirited tones to the evocative surroundings of one of the city’s most historic buildings, The Masonic Hall. The building on Tuckey Street has served as the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Munster Freemasons since 1844, and its internal design has remained true to its origins in its layout and historic furnishings. Under the directorship of Anne Johansson, Gothenburg Youth Choir perform a wide repertoire, moving from classical styles, contemporary through to traditional Swedish songs. They regularly perform in local, national and international competitions and festivals to great acclaim.

One of the top international choirs bring their serene sounds to the beautiful setting of Triskel Christchurch.

Programme: Hear My Prayer, O Lord - Henry Purcell (1659 -1695) Scherzo Marek - Marek Jasinski (1949-2010) Ave Maris Stella - Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) Ave Maris Stella -Trond Kverno (b.1945) Auringon Noustessa - Toivo Kuula (1883-1918) Alouette - Robert Sund (b.1942) Alleluja Marek - Jasinski (1949-2010) Daemon Irrepit Callidus - Gyorgy Orban (b.1947) Pado Dysc - Sttanistaw Wieghowicz (1893-1963) J Denna Ljuva Sommartid - Bengt OllĂŠn (b.1950) 27


Fringe Concerts

Choirs at Christchurch II

Thursday 30th April, 1.10pm

Triskel Christchurch, South Main Street

Shandon Sunrise

Friday 1st May, 6.05am

Church of St. Anne (Shandon Bells)

Admission: FREE

Admission: FREE

In association with Triskel Christchurch.

Voiceworks Studio Group [Ireland] Director: Gemma Sugrue

Voiceworks Studio is a dedicated vocal tuition centre based in Cork city that welcomes singers of all ages, levels and styles. They specialise in training the individual singer and strive to always encourage artistry and creativity. Voiceworks are proud to present their vocal ensembles; The Super Singing Starz (age 5-7), Voiceworks Youth Choir (age 8-12), Vocalize (age 12-15) and the Adult Vocal Ensemble at one of the Cork International Choral Festival’s lunchtime events at Triskel Christchurch. They will perform a programme of popular, contemporary music including pieces by Karl Jenkins, Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit and music from The Lion King. The ensembles will be accompanied by a pianist and beat-boxer from the Voiceworks house and hopefully the audience too, who will be called upon to sing along! If it’s a feel-good, fun and family-friendly lunchtime concert you’re after be sure to catch the Voiceworks group in action!

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Shandon Bells will once again host a dawn chorus this May Day, welcoming the first day of summer in our Shandon Sunrise event. At 06.05am, sunrise on Friday 1st May, the dawn will be met with a chorus of voices singing from the steps of the iconic Church of St. Anne, Shandon and followed by an ecumenical service. This unique performance has become a much loved annual event and marks the ancient celebration of the first day of summer. Those interested in attending are advised to arrive at 5.55am.


Fringe Concerts

Choirs at Christchurch III

Friday 1st May, 1.10pm

Triskel Christchurch, South Main Street

Admission: FREE

St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Organ Recital

Friday 1st May, 1.10pm

St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Admission: FREE Organist: James Taylor

In association with Triskel Christchurch. Two top international choirs bring their serene sounds to the beautiful setting of Triskel Christchurch.

Reading Phoenix Choir [UK] Conductor: David Crown Abendelied - Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901) The Road Home - Stephen Paulus (1949-2014 Here, There and Everywhere - John Lennon (1940-1980) & Paul McCartney (b. 1942) Seal Lullaby - Eric Whitacre (b. 1970) Yarmouth Fair - Peter Warlock (1894-1930)

The Chanterelles [UK] Conductor: Dr. Shirley Court Gloria - Robert Latham (b. 1950) In the Woods - Eugene Butler (b. 1935) Donna Donna - Trad Arr Gwyn Arch Jack’s Valentine - Libby Larsen (b. 1950) Musetta’s Waltz - Puccini Arr. Vene (1858-1924 The Wedding Ring - G. Russell Smith (b. 1927)

The stunning and historical St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral will come alive with an organ recital by James Taylor, Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral. The organ has been recently restored and, with 88 speaking stops and 4500 pipes, it is the biggest in the Republic and the only one in the whole island of Ireland to be located in ‘a pit’. This fine example of historical restoration and new build can now be described as one of the truly great organs of Europe.

Programme: Prelude and Fugue in E major - Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780) Holländische Nachtigahl - Johan Adamszoon Reincken (c.1643-1722) Concerto in B minor LV133 Allegro - Adagio- Allegro - Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748) Chant de Mai op.53 no.1 - Joseph Jongen (1873-1953) Premier Choral (1913) - Hendrik Andriessen (1892-1981) Offrande - Pierre Cogen (b. 1931) Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain op.7 - Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral will also play host to a number of other Choral activities including: Friday 1st May, 6.15pm: Choral Evensong Canticles - Stanford in Bb Anthem Give us the wings of faith - Bullock (1890-1979) Responses - Clucas (b. 1941) Sunday 3rd May, 11.15am: Sung Eucharist Little Organ Mass - Haydn (1732-1809) Ave verum corpus - Mozart (1756-1791) Sunday 3rd May, 2.45pm: - National Competition for Church Music

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Fringe Concerts

Music by Mozart Irish Youth Chamber Choir: Saturday 2nd May, 1.10 pm Curtis Auditorium, Heavenly Bodies CIT Cork School of Music

Admission: FREE

Saturday 2nd May, 1.30pm

Triskel Christchurch, South Main Street

Admission: €10/€7 concession

Conductor: Greg Beardsell

IRISH YOUTH CHAMBER CHOIR PRESENTS

Heavenly Bodies Programme: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, KV 216 - Soloist: Laure Giersch Symphony No. 25 in g, KV 183 CSM Chamber Orchestra - Leader: Hugh Murray - Conductor: Geoffrey Spratt

CONDUCTED BY GREG BEARDSELL In association with Triskel Christchurch. Our lives are governed by the rhythm of the solar system and the pulse of our hearts. This programme explores the motion of the stars and planets as they move above our earthbound adoration of each other, combining the texts of great poets and the Song of Songs with the finest choral writers; Gabriel Jackson, Peteris Vasks, Eric Whitacre and Howard Skempton.

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Fringe Concerts

VocaMe [Germany]

Saturday 2nd May, 5.30pm

St. James’ Church, Dingle

Admission: €15

The Clerks Choral of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal, sing The Office of Compline in plainsong

Sunday 3rd May, 6pm

Church of St. Anne, Shandon

In addition to their Gala Concert in Cork on Friday 1st May (See page 17) VocaMe present another ethereal programme of music featuring the hymns of Kassia, a ninth-century Byzantine female composer. These works will be coupled with chants by well known German mystic of the 12th Century, Hildegard von Bingen. Canonised by the Catholic Church in 2012, VocaMe will also present several pieces by the late 14th Century poetess, Christine de Pizan, set to the music of the time. VocaMe has performed at dozens of prestigious international music festivals at home and abroad. The group will also perform a short informal programme on Sunday 3rd May at the Gallarus Oratory at 8am. This concert is brought to Féile na Bealtaine in conjunction with the Cork International Choral Festival and with the support of West Kerry’s Church of Ireland Community. Particular thanks are due to Eric Prestige.

Admission: FREE

The College of Clerks Choral in Youghal is an ancient institution, founded in 1464 by Thomas FitzGerald, Earl of Desmond. The College originally consisted of eight fellows and eight singing clerks - a choral foundation which was dissolved and reinstated a number of times over the centuries. The present choir represents the latest revival (2005) of the Clerks Choral directed by the much accomplished Ian Sexton. Although the Clerks Choral remains informally associated with the magnificent Collegiate Church in Youghal, the group is most active in venues throughout Munster at Divine Service (of all denominations), weddings and concerts. The Clerks Choral regularly features on RTÉ Radio 1 and Lyric FM. They have also performed in England and their rendition of Compline in St. Anne’s Church, Shandon, has become a regular feature of the Cork International Choral Festival. Compline is the last church service of the day; it is a contemplative office, with an emphasis on spiritual peace. 31


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Choral Gathering Trail VENUE:

TIME: CHOIR:

Wednesday 29th April AIB Bank, South Mall Bodega Cork Airport

1:15pm 6:00pm 6:30pm

Tallinn University Chamber Choir [Estonia] Voices of Cork [Ireland] Gothenburg Youth Choir [Sweden]

Thursday 30th April Cork University Hospital 11:00am 11:00am Cork City Library Bodega 1:00pm Cork Airport 2:30pm Bishopstown Library 2:30pm 3:00pm Crawford Art Gallery 3:00pm Glucksman Gallery UCC AIB Bank, South Mall 3.30pm 4:00pm Tory Top Road Library 5:30pm Electric

Húsakórið [Denmark] Komorni zbor Hugo Wolf [Slovenia] Húsakórið [Denmark] Reading Phoenix Choir [UK] Tallinn University Chamber Choir [Estonia] Jordan Valley Choir [Israel] Bel Canto Choir [Canada] Húsakórið [Denmark] The Chamber Choir of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music [Poland] Female Alumnae Choir of TUT [Estonia]

Friday 1st May

Glucksman Gallery UCC 11:00am CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory 12:00pm AIB Bank, South Mall 12:45pm GROCERY PUB Bus Station, Parnell Place 12:30pm Blarney Castle 2:30pm Bodega 1:30pm Cork City Library 1:30pm Cork Vision Centre 1:30pm Crawford Art Gallery 2:00pm Kent Station 5:30pm L’Atitude 51 Wine & Tapas Bar 5:30pm 5:30pm Electric Maldron Hotel 6:00pm Tom Barry’s Pub 6:00pm Cork Airport 6:15pm

The Chamber Choir of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music [Poland] Tallinn University Chamber Choir [Estonia] Bel Canto Choir [Canada] UNTAK [Norway] Jordan Valley Choir [Israel] UNTAK [Norway] The Foerster Female Chamber Choir [Czech Republic] Female Alumnae Choir of TUT [Estonia] Húsakórið [Denmark] Bel Canto Choir [Canada] The Chanterelles [UK] Komorni zbor Hugo Wolf [Slovenia] Reading Phoenix Choir [UK] UNTAK [Norway] Ier en Gunter [Belgium]

Saturday 2nd May Cork City Library Glucksman Gallery, UCC Blarney Castle Bodega Gresham Metropole Hotel Bull McCabe’s The Kingsley Hotel Brown Thomas Clarion Hotel Emmet Place Festival Food Markets

11:00am 11:00am 11:00am 1:00pm 1:00pm 1:00pm 1:30pm 2:30pm 2:00-6:00pm Throughout Day

Blackburn People’s Choir [UK] Female Alumnae Choir of TUT [Estonia] Ier en Gunter [Belgium] Blackburn People’s Choir [UK] Dingle New Music Choir [Ireland] Jordan Valley Choir [Israel] UNTAK [Norway] Jordan Valley Choir [Israel] Various Choirs Various Choirs

2:00pm 2:00-6:00pm

Blackburn People’s Choir [UK] Various Choirs

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Female Alumnae Choir of TUT [Estonia] Jordan Valley Choir [Israel] Tallinn University Chamber Choir [Estonia] Bel Canto Choir [Canada] Sibelius Upper Secondary School Chamber Choir [Finland]

Friday 1st May Cork City Hall 11:00am Meet & Greet - International Non-Competitive Choirs Cork City Hall 3:30pm Meet & Greet - Fleischmann International Trophy Competitive Choirs Edel Quinn Town Hall, Kanturk 7:30pm Húsakórið [Denmark] In association with IRD Duhallow

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Education


Education

The 47th Seminar on New Choral Music

Friday 1st May, 2pm - 4pm

Stack Theatre, CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay

Admission: FREE

The Cork International Choral Festival has a longstanding commitment to foster awareness and appreciation of new choral music. With this in mind a seminar was initiated in 1962 as part of the Festival programme by the late Aloys Fleischmann, Professor of Music at University College Cork, which is central to this purpose. The Festival presents the 47th edition of the Seminar on New Choral Music as a joint collaboration with Chamber Choir Ireland, our choir in residence. To date, 134 works from 114 Irish and international composers have been commissioned. The Seminar on New Choral Music maintains its initial purpose of commissioning new works to provide a platform for, and to encourage the composition and performance of new choral music in Ireland, and to support their inclusion, and that of other new music, onto the regular repertoire of Irish choirs. In the last few years the Seminar has specifically promoted the commission of new works by Irish composers to develop a wider knowledge and understanding of Irish compositional life. Premiere performances are now integrated into a full concert programme by Chamber Choir Ireland. The present style of presentation makes the seminar very accessible to all, and assists in making current practice in the performance of new choral music accessible to the wider choral sector in Ireland. This year will see two new works featured and given their world premieres in Cork; Slouching Towards Bethlehem by composer Ian Wilson and Mother Goose’s Melodies by the winner of this year’s Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition, Eoghan Desmond. The Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition was initiated in 1972 in recognition of the creative life and work of Seán Ó Riada. It is a competition which invites the submission of new works from Irish composers in collaboration between the Cork International Choral Festival and Chamber Choir Ireland. The Festival continues to be overwhelmed by the number of entries received for the competition. We are delighted to welcome both composers to Cork to take part in the Seminar. Without the financial support of the Arts Council in making the commission of Ian Wilson possible, and 40

of the Ó Riada Family for their generous support of the Seán Ó Riada Competition, this seminar would not be in a position to continue to fulfil its important role in promoting the work of Irish composers and encouraging the composition of new choral music. I welcome Rhona Clarke, a highly regarded composer in her own right and a great friend of the Festival, as Seminar Chairperson, and thank Majella Hollywood, Chief Executive of the CCI, for her commitment to continue the involvement of Chamber Choir Ireland in this project. This year’s Seminar Programme will also feature a Performance Reading Session with Chamber Choir Ireland, of works by Kevin Corcoran and Donal Sarsfield, selected by the Seán Ó Riada Assessment Panel. Finally, I would direct your attention to the full collection of Seminar scores now housed in the Cork City Music Library which are available for consultation. General information on the Seminar, including digitised pages of scores, is now also available for perusal on the Library website. I acknowledge the Cork City Library staff for their maintenance of this collection. John Fitzpatrick Artistic and Festival Director

Both new compositions will receive their world premieres by Chamber Choir Ireland in their Festival Concert. (See page 13 for more details).


Education New Joint Festival and Chamber Choir Ireland Commission 2015 Slouching towards Bethlehem is a two-movement work, each movement a setting of one of W.B. Yeats’ so-called ‘Apocalyptic’ poems, which were inspired by sources as various as Theosophy and the writings of William Blake. Some of these poems, like He mourns for the change…, have their roots in mythology - Irish, Christian, English - and famous ‘journey’ legends such as those of Arthur and Oisín. Others such as The Second Coming, written just after the First World War, have clear resonances with what was happening socially and politically at the time. The language of these poems is by turns dark, pessimistic and strange, evoking unsettling, even nightmarish scenes. The principal attraction of these poems for me lies as much in the language as the subject matter, although together those elements create very striking imagery which I was excited to set to music. I hoped that these wild and vivid images would lead me towards music which could somehow reflect the drama and awe with which Yeats imbues his visions. I: He mourns for the change that has come upon him and his beloved, and longs for the end of the world II: The Second Coming Slouching towards Bethlehem was commissioned by the Cork International Choral Festival for Chamber Choir Ireland with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland. Ian Wilson January 2015

Slouching towards Bethlehem will receive its world premieres by Chamber Choir Ireland in their Festival Concert. (See page 13 for more details).

Ian Wilson

foundation. His broadcast on six York’s Carnegie Wigmore Halls,

Ian Wilson was born in Belfast in 1964 and obtained the first DPhil in composition to be awarded by the University of Ulster which, in 1993, commissioned his orchestral work Rise in celebration of the tenth anniversary of its music has been performed and continents at venues such as New Hall, London’s Royal Albert and Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw and

Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, LA’s Zipper Hall and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and at festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Venice Biennale, the ISCM World Music Days, the Brighton, Cheltenham, Spitalfields and Bath Festivals and the Ultima Festival in Oslo, where Running, Thinking, Finding for orchestra received the composition prize in 1991. He has written approximately 130 pieces including two chamber operas, concertos for organ, cello, alto saxophone (two), violin (three), piano (three) and marimba, orchestral pieces, 13 string quartets and many other chamber, vocal and multi-media works. In 1992 he was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship administered by the Arts Council of Ireland, and in 1998 he was elected to Aosdána, Ireland’s Statesponsored body of creative artists. From 2000 to 2003 he was AHRB Research Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Ulster and from 2009 to 2010 is An Foras Feasa post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Dundalk Institute of Technology. From 2003-2011 he was director of the Sligo New Music Festival, from 2006-2009 he was Composerin-Association with California’s Camerata Pacifica ensemble and from 2010-2013 is Associate Composer with the Ulster Orchestra. His music is published by Ricordi London and Universal Edition.

Rhona Clarke Rhona Clarke was born in Dublin. She studied music at University College, Dublin, and completed a Ph.D. at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is a lecturer in music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University. Her output includes choral, chamber, orchestral and electronic works. She has received commissions from RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Cork International Choral Festival, Concorde, Music Network and the National Concert Hall, among others. Her work has been performed and broadcast throughout Ireland and worldwide. Recent works include SHIFT for orchestra (2013), which received its premiere in the Horizons series at the National Concert Hall, performed by The RTÉNSO conducted by Gavin Maloney, and a newly commissioned work in collaboration with visual artist Marie Hanlon for Concorde, performed at the RHA Gallery, Dublin. From July- September 2014 her work featured alongside Hanlon’s in a two-person exhibition at Draoícht Arts Centre. Rhona Clarke is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists.

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Education

Seán Ó Riada

with the choir split in two: one half of the choir is having a wonderful party (hence the subtitle, Bacchanale) while the other half plays a newsreader, dispassionately relaying the debauched events which took place.” Eoghan Desmond, March 2015

The Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition was initiated in 1972 in recognition of the creative life and work of Seán Ó Riada. In its revised format it is a composition competition which invites submissions from composers, born or resident in Ireland, and is a collaboration between the Cork International Choral Festival and Choir in Residence, Chamber Choir Ireland. Assessment takes place under pseudonym. The members of this year’s assessment panel were Rhona Clarke (Seminar Chairperson), Ian Wilson (commissioned composer 2015), and Paul Hillier (Artistic Director and Conductor, Chamber Choir Ireland).

Eoghan Desmond

Composition Competition

The winning composition becomes a featured work at the Seminar on New Choral Music, held annually as part of the Festival. The work receives its premiere performance at the Gala Concert given by Chamber Choir Ireland and conducted by Paul Hillier on Friday 1st May 2015. The winning composer also attends the Festival and plays an active part in the Friday Seminar session, as well as the Performance Reading Sessions of highly recommended works on the following day. The winning composer is awarded the Seán Ó Riada Trophy, and a prize of €750 euro, donated by the Ó Riada Family. Previous winners include well-known names such as Solfa Carlile Rhona Clarke, Patrick Connolly, Frank Corcoran, Séamas de Barra, Michael Holohan, Marian Ingoldsby, Simon MacHale, Michael McGlynn, Kevin O’Connell, and last year’s winner, Donal Mac Erlaine. The Festival would like to extend its congratulations to this year’s winner Eoghan Desmond for his winning composition Mother Goose’s Melodies.

2015 Winning Composition: Mother Goose’s Melodies Composer Eoghan Desmond

“Mother Goose’s Melodies is a compilation of 5 nursery rhymes and 1 clapping rhyme from my childhood. The piece starts with a cockerel fanfare, as though the sun is rising. There follows a slightly boisterous telling of a story about the careless loss of a shoe and a fiddling stick involving some rather superficial word painting on the word ‘fiddling stick’. Then we progress to the story of Dr Foster, as told by the sopranos, altos and basses, while the tenors remain conspicuously silent. As the fugue is reaching its stretto, the tenors (representing Dr Foster) burst onto the scene with a cry of distress, as the poor doctor ‘steps in a puddle right up to his middle.’ This is followed by yet more superficial word painting on the opening line of Goosey Goosey Gander: the wandering of the titular bird is represented by the plainsong mode ‘Tonus Peregrinus’. Following a short overture, the altos and basses trigger some familiar material: it is none other than the longawaited stretto from ‘Dr Foster’s Fugue’, indicating that it was that gentlemen that was found ‘in my lady’s chamber.’ Next, the upper voices sing a re-harmonised setting of Orlando Gibbons ‘Song 13’, to the rhyme ‘Bobby Shafto’, the hopeful words of a young woman left behind by her sailor love. The tenors and basses, knowing, sing ‘A Sailor Went to Sea’ to a descending motif, representing Shafto’s descent to the depths. The 3rd verse is my own invention, to bring the story to a complete close. The piece ends

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Eoghan Desmond is a Dublinbased composer, conductor and bass-baritone. He began to sing at the age of 9, when he joined St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Choir under Colin Nicholls, who has been a major influence as a musician generally and a composer specifically. He made his solo debut with East Cork Choral Society as the ‘Youth’ in Mendelssohn’s Elijah in 2003. Since moving to Dublin to study Music in Trinity College, Dublin, he has been given the opportunity to expand his solo repertoire by, among others, Dublin University Choral Society, with whom he has performed Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, and a concert of Vaughan Williams’ music, including Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Hodie, and the Irish premiere of WillowWood, a cantata for Baritone. He has also performed Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. He has premièred David Lawrence’s song cycles, Nonsense Songs of Edward Lear and He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, composed especially for him. Next, he hopes to be the second person ever to perform Sorabji’s epic Trois Poémes de Gulistan de Sa’di, last performed in 1988. He frequents Dorset Opera as a chorus mentor, and his voice is to be heard on the awardwinning soundtrack of Diablo III. Eoghan holds a BA in Music and an MPhil in Composition, both from TCD, where he studied under Dr. Evangelia Rigaki, Dr. Matthew Barnson and Dr. Donnacha Dennehy. An active member of the Irish Composers Collective, his music has been widely performed in Ireland, by groups such as Chamber Choir Ireland, Ensemble Avalon and the RTE ConTempo String Quartet, and is more recently in demand in the UK, the US and Australia. Eoghan has also been musical director of both the Campanile Consort and the Node Ensemble the only person in the history of Trinity’s music department to do so. He is the founder of the female-voices choir Dulciana, who recently made their performing debut, and later this year will be showcasing Irish female composing talent, in what will hopefully be the first in a series of such showcases. He is currently Lay Vicar of the Prebend of Newcastle in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, principal guest conductor of Téada String Orchestra, and has recently been made assistant Musical Director of Dún Laoghaire Choral Society. The winning piece will be premiered at Chamber Choir Ireland’s Gala Concert on Friday 1st May at 7.30pm in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. See page 13 for more details. The work will also be discussed and analysed in the 47th Seminar on New Choral Music on Friday 1st May at 2pm along with being part of the Seán Ó Riada Performance Reading Sessions on Saturday 2nd May at 10am in the Stack Theatre at Cork School of Music. See page 40 for more details.


Education

Choir Voicing Workshop

Thursday 30th April, 6pm

Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music Clinician: Kevin O’Carroll

Admission: FREE

Are there prominent voices in your choir? Are their voices you never hear? Do each of the voice lines blend as if they were one voice? If you answered Yes, Yes and No to these three questions then it is highly likely that your choir would benefit from a technique known as Choir Voicing. Not to be confused with the classification of voices as Soprano, Alto, Tenor, or Bass, the technique known as Choir Voicing was created to assist in generating the optimal blend of the singers in any given ensemble. One of the country’s leading musicians, conductor David Brophy, has said of this technique “Having attended Kevin O’Carroll’s absorbing presentation I’m fully convinced that all choirs should investigate the potential benefits of utilising this subtle and mysterious technique - they will be surprised at the results!” The effect of the technique has been acclaimed as magical, special and transforming. Kevin has been referred to as ‘The Choir Whisperer” and the Voicing technique has been described as voodoo for choirs! Whether you work with a large amateur group of 120 or an 8 member professional choral ensemble, the technique is equally effective.

Alexander Technique Workshop

Friday 1st May, 5.15pm

Stack Theatre, CIT Cork School of Music Clinician: Mary Shorten

Admission: FREE

School teaches us to do many things. Unfortunately, we are rarely taught to consider how we are while we are doing them. What if how you do is as important as what you do, in terms of freedom, ease and efficiency? What would your singing or your conducting be like if you learned to use just as much effort as you needed for the task, and no more? This informative Introductory Lecture/ Demonstration will introduce you to the Interactive Teaching Method (ITM) approach to the Alexander Technique. You will learn some key concepts that you can apply immediately, to experience improved mental and physical performance, enhancing co-ordination and ease in everyday tasks, as well as in more specialised activities, such as music, dance or sport. By learning more about ourselves and the principles that govern all movement behaviour, we can greatly improve the quality of our performance and greatly enhance the quality of our lives in general. It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it!

The Choir Voicing workshop is a one hour presentation held in an entertaining and collaborative atmosphere where either volunteers or a guest choir are used to demonstrate the technique and explain how it works. No choir member sings alone and all that is required is for choir members to change places! Choir Voicing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve the overall sound of your choir. 43


Education

18th Composers in the Classroom Seminar

Friday 1st May, 10am

Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall

Admission: FREE

The Composers in the Classroom scheme is an initiative which brings professional composers and musicians, quite literally, into the classroom as part of a special curriculum devised for transition year music students and their teachers. Initiated in 1998 by the Cork International Choral Festival and Arts Officers of Cork City and Cork County Councils, the scheme offers music students and their teachers the opportunity to work with professional composers throughout the school year. The scheme has been highly successful in encouraging and assisting students, many with little or no musical training, in their musical creativity and experimentation. Students are required to listen to a wide range of music, analysing and discussing various elements. For the teacher, the residency provides an opportunity to work alongside a professional composer, discussing and developing approaches to creative composition in the classroom. The residency culminates in a seminar held as part of the Cork International Choral Festival, where students get the chance to perform their compositions and listen to the work of other schools in the scheme.

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2015 Participating Schools : Pobalscoil na Trionóide, Youghal - Music teacher: Mary Gartland Composer: Sam Barker North Presentation Secondary School, Cork City - Music teacher: Fiona Moylan Composer: Paul Linehan Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig - Music teacher: Catherine Frost Composer: Irene Buckley St. Aloysius School, Cork City - Music teacher: Frances O’Callaghan Composer: Emily Magner Cork International Choral Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Offices of Cork City Council and Cork County Council.


Education

The Big Sing

Saturday 2nd May, 12.15pm

Cork City Hall

Admission: FREE

Brought to you by the Association of Irish Choirs.

With the ambition of ensuring everybody gets the opportunity to sing in the Festival, we invite you to come and take part in The Big Sing 2015. The Big Sing has, since its inception in 2011, been a huge success with a year on year increase in the number of people turning out to each, making each of them the largest choirs ever to have sung at the Choral Festival! The Association of Irish Choirs (AOIC) sponsors this event that encourages group singing. Singing with others can bring people together in a unique way and provides an unbeaten feelgood factor! This year we hope to make The Big Sing even bigger and better, and invite you to join us at City Hall and be part of the experience. You don’t need to be able to sing, it’s simply about lending your voice and experiencing first-hand the enjoyment and sense of community that lies at the heart of choral singing. In just 45 minutes, accomplished composer and conductor John O’ Brien will teach a well know choral work to the attending crowd, supported by some of our national choirs. The Big Sing is open to everyone and admission is free. Music and lyrics will be handed out on the day, and there’s no preparation necessary - just sing from, and for, the heart!

John O’brien Conductor John O’Brien is a conductor, director and composer based in Cork. He was a scholarship student at the Schola Cantorum, St. Finian’s College, Mullingar. He then completed a first honours Bachelor of Music degree, followed by a Master of Arts degree in Conducting at the Cork School of Music. For many years, John also attended the Canford Summer School for Conducting with George Hurst . Recent work includes: directing and musical direction of the acclaimed Faust - Everyman Theatre, directing and musical direction of Der Vampyr - Everyman Theatre, directing and musical direction Kiss of the Spider Woman - Half Moon/Cork Opera House; Orpheus - Everyman Theatre; musical direction and arranging Maria de Buenos Aires - Cork Opera House; musical direction Spindle - Big House Festival; conducting, co-directing and arranging Pagliacci at the Everyman (winner Best Opera Production Irish Times Theatre Awards); directing and designing the set for the acclaimed production of Dido & Aeneas at Cork Opera House which toured across Ireland; directing the dance film Inner Landscapes, musical direction for the premieres of two modern operas Thamyrus and Time for Earthenware at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford; creating the Voice Effect choir which performed with the RTÉ Concert orchestra at the recent Steve Reich festival in Cork; and writing the music for the feature film Tree Keeper. Other projects include conducting and designing Sweeney Todd at the Everyman and Cork Opera House; a tour as conductor of contemporary Irish choral music with ArtLifeCulture to Pecs, Hungary and to the world EXPO in Shanghai, China; working as musical director and pianist on Side by Side by Sondheim at the Everyman; conducting West Side Story, directing and conducting Candide (both at Cork Opera House); The Magic Flute (Cork Opera House and regional tour); and completing an Irish national tour as director and pianist on The Nina in Me.

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Association of Irish Choirs Cumann Náisiúnta na gCór

www.aoic.ie 061 234823 Membership support & services Irish Youth Choir / Irish Youth Chamber Choir Choral Practice Education & Training Courses Annual International Choral Conducting Summer School IYC / RTÉ Choral Conductor in Training

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National Competitions


National Competitions

National Competition for Schools

SECTION 1: PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIRS SECTION 3: POST-PRIMARY MIXED VOICE SCHOOL CHOIRS

Wednesday 29th April, 11.15am & 2.30pm, Cork City Hall

Presenter: Carol Daly Admission: €5

SECTION 1: PRIMARY

GUEST PERFORMANCE Tallinn University Chamber Choir

Castlemartyr Chlidren’s Choir

[Estonia] Conductor: Sander Tamm Come Away Death - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b.1963) Mis Sa Sirised, Sirtsukene (What’s Your Twitter, My Little Bird) - Cyrillus Kreek (1889 - 1962) Õhtul - Pärt Uusberg (1986)

[Cork] Conductor: Ursula Muckley Little Spanish Town - Peter Jenkyns (1921- 1996) Ó Cé Hé Seo - Prionsias Ó Ceallaigh

Cór Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Cailíní [Cork] Conductor: Maeve-Ann O’Brien The Dream Seller - E. Markham Lee (1874-1956) Bain triail as cineáltas - Sue Furlong (b. 1962)

Cór Bunscoil Chríost Ri [Cork] Conductor: Anne Murphy Amhráinín Siodraimín Mille Cherubini In Coro - Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Parteen National School Choir [Clare] Conductor: Olivia Parkinson Codhladh Sámh - John Gibson (b. 1951) How Can I Keep From Singing - Joe Cocker (1944-2014)

Cór Scoil Aiséirí Chríost [Cork] Conductor: Maria Crowley The Little Spanish Town - Peter Jenkyns (1921-1996) Circín Cochallach - Éamonn Ó Gallchobair (1900-1982)

Rennies National School Choir [Cork] Conductor: Fearghal Ó Conchubhair Amhrán na Cuiginne - Trad Here Rattler, Here - Trad

Holy Family Primary and Nursery School [Derry] Conductor: Claire Doherty Dúlamán - Michael McGlynn (b.1964) The Rhythm Of Life - Cy Coleman (1929-2004) Arr. Roger Emerson

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SECTION 3: POST-PRIMARY MIXED VOICE Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk [Kerry] Conductor: Sinéad Muldoon Cuirfimid Dandy Dandy - Deirdre Moynihan May It Be - Enya (b. 1961)

St. Brigid’s Vocational School Choir [Galway] Conductor: Gráinne Cotter She Moved Through The Fair - Daryl Runswick (b. 1946) We’re Going To Build A Bridge - Vincent Kennedy (b. 1962)

Cór Coláiste/Gaelcholáiste Choilm [Cork] Conductor: Catherine Frost An Raibh Tú ar an gCarraig - Arr. TC Ó Ceallaigh I’m A Train - Albert Hammond (b. 1944)

GUEST PERFORMANCE Bel Canto Choir [Canada] Conductor: Melanie Taylor Nothin’ Gonna Stumble My Feet - Greg Gilpin & John Parker Missa Brevis - Stephanie Martin (b. 1960) Exultate Justi - Lodovico Viadana (1560-1627)

GUEST PERFORMANCE Komorni zbor Hugo Wolf [Slovenia] Conductor: Aleš Marčič Ave Maris Stella - Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907) Pa Se Sliš (You Can Hear) - Trad, Arr. By Karol Pahor (1896-1974) Aleluja - Rok Golob (b. 1975) ADJUDICATION & PRESENTATION OF PRIZES

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National Competitions

National Competition for Schools

SECTION 2: POST-PRIMARY EQUAL VOICE

Thursday 30th April, 1pm, Cork City Hall

Presenter: Carol Daly Admission: €5

GUEST PERFORMANCE Jordan Valley Choir [Israel] Conductor: Ira Kalechman Barechu - Russian Folklore Arr. Ira Kalechman Ken Bakodesh - Gil Aldema (1928-2014), Arr. Ira Kalechman Sovevuni - Jacob Orland (1914-2002), Arr. Ira KalechmanEST

GUEST PERFORMANCE Female Alumnae Choir of TUT

Moville Community School [Donegal] Conductor: Maeve Ward Bohemian Rhapsody - Freddy Mercury (1946-1991), Arr. Mark Brymer Dúlamán - Michael McGlynn (b. 1964)

Ursuline Convent Senior Choir

[Estonia] Conductor: Andres Heinapuu

[Waterford] Conductor: Elaine Cunningham Seoithín Seó - Frank Buckley The Music of the Night - A. Lloyd Webber (b. 1948)

Anima Nostra Sicut Passer - Vic Nees (1936-2013) Punaste Õhtute Purpur - Pärt Uusberg (b. 1986) Käsikivimäng - Veljo Tormis (b. 1930)

Presentation Secondary School Choir

GUEST PERFORMANCE Mercy Inchicore Choir [Dublin] Conductors: Lisa Baker & Alison Carey Shake It Out - Florence Welch (b. 1986) Royales - Joel Little (b. 1983) & Ella Yelich-O’Connor (b. 1996)

St. Leo’s College Choir

[Cork] Conductor: Anne Dunphy Oíche Nollag [WORLD PREMIERE] - Séamas de Barra (b. 1955) Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Don Raye (19091985)& Hughie Prince (1906-1960)arr. Frank Metis

Sacred Heart School [Offaly] Conductor: Regina McCarthy The Snow - Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Fuinneamh - Marian Ingoldsby (b. 1965)

[Carlow] Conductor: Ian Curran Send In The Clowns - Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930) Hinbarra - Michael McGlynn (b. 1964)

Ursuline Singers

Coláiste Muire School Choir [Clare] Conductor: Carmel Griffin Géibheann - Rhona Clarke (b. 1958) Danza! - Linda Spevacek (b. 1945)

[Tipperary] Conductor: Joan Butler Deep River - Arr. Donald Patriquin (b. 1938) Téir Abhaile Riú - Arr. David Mooney (b. 1964)

Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ [Limerick] Conductor: Orla Colgan Ahern There Is Sweet Music - Daniel E. Gawthrop (b. 1949) Caife Gaelach - Ben Hanlon (b. 1952)

Loreto Secondary School Choir [Cork] Conductor: Tim Fouhy Las Amarillas - Stephen Hatfield (b. 1956) Ardaigh Cuain - David Mooney (b. 1964)

Cór Coláiste na Toirbhirte [Cork] Conductor: Gemma Magner Mon Coeur se Recommande a Vous - Orlanda Di Lasso (1532 - 1594) Dúlamán - Michael McGlynn (b. 1964)

GUEST PERFORMANCE The Chamber Choir of The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music [Poland] Conductor: Janusz Stanecki Hear My Prayer, O Lord - Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695) Alleluja - Marek Jasinski (949 - 2010) Daemon Irrepit Callidus (Cunning Demon Creeps - Gyorgy Orbán (b. 1947)

GUEST PERFORMANCE Gothenburg Youth Choir [Sweden] Conductor: Anne Johansson Northern Lights - Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) Peze Kafe - Trad., arr. Sten Kallman (b. 1952) Mamayog Akun (My Dear Mamayog) - Trad., arr. Fabian Obispo (b. 1947) ADJUDICATION & PRESENTATION OF PRIZES

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National Competitions

National Open Competitions

FEMALE, MALE & MIXED VOICE CHOIRS

Saturday 2nd May, 10am, Cork City Hall

Presenter: Emily Magner Admission: €5

FEMALE VOICE CHOIRS

MIXED VOICE CHOIRS

The Voices

Lismore Choir

[Cork] Conductor: Mary Pedder-Daly Iosagáin - Séamus de Barra (b. 1955) America - Bernstein (1918-1990) arr. Gwyn Arch

[Waterford] Conductor: Fearghal Ó Conchubhair Ubi Caritas - Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) The Seal Lullaby - Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)

Cappella Lyrica

Nás na Rí Singers

[Cork] Conductor: Maria Judge Now Is The Month Of Maying - Thomas Morley (1557-1602) The Seal Lullaby - Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)

Voci [Waterford] Conductor: Fintan Scanlon O Vos Omnes - Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) Mo Ghile Mear - Sue Furlong (b. 1962)

[Kildare] Conductor: Áine Mulvey Cantate Domino - Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) Sure On This Shining Night - Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)

The Carrigaline Choral Group [Cork] Conductor: Aonghus Joyce Evening Song - Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) Libertango - Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

The Orpheus Choir MALE VOICE CHOIRS City of Cork Male Voice Choir [Cork] Conductor: Frank Buckley O Sacrum Convivium - Lodovico Viadana (1560-1627) Where Shall I Be? - Arr. Bryan Davies (1934-2011)

Waterford Male Voice Choir [Waterford] Conductor: Cian O’Carroll Angels - Robbie Williams (b. 1974) & Guy Chambers (b. 1963) That Which Remains - Arr. Andrea Ramsey

[Cork] Conductor: Hilary Reynolds Oh Where Art Thou Dreaming? - Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916) Loch Lomond - Jonathan Quick (b. 1970)

Dingle New Music Choir [Kerry] Conductor: Ga’bor Péli Int Én Beg - Arr. Criostóir Ó Lainsigh Amhrán Bealtaine - Shaun Davey (b. 1948)

Fingal Gospel Choir [Dublin] Conductor: David Flood Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Wallace Willis (1820-1880) Thou O Lord - Lisa Ireland Arr. Carol Cymbala

Portadown Male Voice Choir [Down] Conductor: Gordon Speers A Smuggler’s Song - Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) & Arnold Williams When The Saints Go Marching In - Arr. Denys Hood

GUEST PERFORMANCE UNTAK [Norway] Conductor: Dan Broch Etnemen - Frode Fjellheim (b. 1959) Til ungdommen - Otto Mortenson (1907-1986), arr. Henning Sommero Jaskatvuoda Sista - Boas Nielsen

Cór Mhaigh Eo [Mayo] Conductor: Brian Lennon A un gio sul de’ begl’ occhi - Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) In Memoriam (from the Vauday Part Songs) - Patrick Hawes (b. 1958)

Dolce [Dublin] Conductor: Deirdre Ní Chaomhánaigh The Seal Lullaby - Eric Whitacre (b. 1970) Ezekiel Saw The Wheel - Trad, arr. William Dawson ADJUDICATION & PRESENTATION OF PRIZES 51


National Competitions

National Open Competitions

YOUTH CHOIRS, CHAMBER CHOIRS, & IRELAND’S CHOIR OF THE YEAR

Sunday 3rd May, 10am, Cork City Hall

Presenter: Ruth O’Shea Admission: €5

YOUTH CHOIRS

IRELAND’S CHOIR OF THE YEAR

WIT Youth Choir

Capella Lyrica

[Waterford] Conductor: Niall Crowley Shenandoah - Linda Spevacek (b. 1945) Gamelan - R. Murray Schafer (b. 1933)

[Cork] Conductor: Maria Judge Fair Phyllis - John Farmer (1570-1601) Ave Maria - Gustav Holst (1874-1934) Géibheann - Rhona Clarke (b.1958)

St. Patrick’s College Choir [Dublin] Conductor: John O’Flynn Sure On This Shining Night - Samuel Barber (1910-1981) Tambur - Arr. Lajos Bárdos (1899-1986)

Youth Chorus of Wateford [Waterford] Conductor: Fearghal Ó Conchubhair Ubi Caritas - Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) Daemon Irrepit Callidus - Gyorgy Orbán (b. 1947)

[Dublin] Conductor: Dr. Orla Flanagan Crucifixus - Antonio Lotti (1667-1740) Memento Mei, Domine - Pavel Lukaszewski (b.1968) Blessed Be That Maid Marie - Séan Doherty (b.1987)

Voci Nuove

CHAMBER CHOIRS

[Cork] Conductor: Lynsey Callaghan Bagairt Na Marbh - Michael Holohan (b.1956) Gib Unsern Fursten, SWV 373 - Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) Advance Democracy - Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

CIT Chamber Choir

New Dublin Voices

[Cork] Conductor: Fearghal Ó Conchubhair Water Night - Eric Whitacre (b. 1970) Daemon Irrepit Callidus - Gyorgy Orbán (b. 1947)

Note-Orius [Sligo] Conductor: Marie Conway As Long As He Needs Me - Lionel Bart (1930-1999), arr. Aaron Dale Deed I Do - Walter Hirsch (1891-1967) & Fred Rose (1897-1954) arr. Aaron Dale

Amica Voce Hungarian Chamber Choir [Dublin] Conductor: Anne Ralph Zöld erdőben - Kodály Zoltán (1882-1967) Geantraí - Michael McGlynn (b. 1964)

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Mornington Singers

[Dublin] Conductor: Bernie Sherlock Jubilaie - Vytautas Miškinis (b.1954) Sfogava Con Le Stelle - Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) A Nywe Werk - Séan Doherty (b.1987)

GUEST PERFORMANCE Jordan Valley Choir [Israel] Conductor: Ira Kalechman Barechu - Russian Folklore / Mrs. Ira Kalechman Ken Bakodesh - Gil Aldema (1928-2014), arr. Ira Kalechman Sovevuni - Jacob Orland (1914-2002), arr. Ira Kalechman

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National Competitions

National Open Competitions

LIGHT, JAZZ & POPULAR MUSIC

Sunday 3rd May, 2pm, Cork City Hall

Presenter: James Hynes Admission: €5

GUEST PERFORMANCE Húsakórið [Denmark] Conductor: Ms Tóra Vestergaard Nú Rennur Sólin Fríð - Trad, Arr. Kári Baek Brót So Stillan Bylgjan Blá - Regin Dahl (1918 - 2007) Ólavur Riddararós - Trad, Arr. Vagn Holmboe

Barony Choir [Cork] Conductor: Elaine Kelly Lean On Me - Bill Withers (b.1938) Get Happy - Harold Arlen (1905-1986) & Ted Koehler (1894-1973)

Gorey Choral Group

[Cork] Conductor: Frank Buckley Time To Say Goodbye - F. Sartori (b.1957) Rhythm Of Life - Cy Coleman (1929-2004)

[Wexford] Conductor: Eithne Corrigan All The Things You Are - Hammerstein (1895-1960) & Kern (1885-1945) Everything’s Coming Up Roses - Sondheim (b.1930) & Styne (1905-1994)

The Polyphonics

Portmarnock Singers

City of Cork Male Voice Choir

[Cork] Conductor: Douglas Kelly Some Enchanted Evening - Rodgers (1902-1979) & Hammerstein (1895-1960) Leaning On A Lamppost - Noel Gay (1898-1954)

[Dublin] Conductor: Cathy McEvoy Ride The Chariot - Arr. William Henry Smith Run - Snow Patrol

UCC Singers The Carrigaline Singers [Cork] Conductor: Alan Carey Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson (1958-2009) Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho - Mark Hayes (b. 1953)

[Cork] Conductor: Lauren Ronan When I Grow Up - Tim Minchin (b.1975) Bellas Finals - Deke Sharen (b. 1967)

Fingal Gospel Choir Note-Orius [Sligo] Conductor: Marie Conway Once Upon A Time - Lee Adams (b.1924) & Charles Strouse (b.1928) I Got Rhythm Medley - Arr. Nancy Bergman

Dolce [Dublin] Conductor: Deirdre Ní Chaomhanaigh Eleanor Rigby - Lennon (1940-1980) /McCartney (b.1942) Tea For Two - V. Youmans (1898-1946)

Nás na Rí Singers [Kildare] Conductor: Áine Mulvey

Homeward Bound - Marta Keen Amigos Para Siempre - Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948)

[Dublin] Conductor: David Flood Smells Like Teen Spirit - Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) Walking On Sunshine - Kimberly Rew (b1951)

GUEST PERFORMANCE Ier en Gunter [Belgium] Conductor: Dirk Ooms Warme Garnars - Traditional Dans le port d’Amsterdam - Jacques Brel (19291978) Soloist Bruno Wyns In Flanders Fields - John Mc Crae (1872-1918), Arr. Luc Wynants

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National Competitions

National Open Competitions

CHURCH MUSIC

Sunday 3rd May, 2.45pm, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

Presenter: Michael Grennell Admission: €5

GUEST PERFORMANCE Bel Canto Choir [Canada] Conductor: Melanie Taylor Nothin’ Gonna Stumble My Feet - Greg Gilpin Missa Brevis - Stephanie Martin (b.1960) Exultate Justi - Ludivico Viadana (1560-1627)

Cór Mhaigh Eo [Mayo] Conductor: Brian Lennon Cibavit Eos - William Byrd (1543-1623) Crucem Tuam Adoramus Domine - Pawel Lukaszewski (b. 1968)

The Carrigaline Singers GUEST PERFORMANCE Ardú Vocal Ensemble [Ireland] Ubi Caritas - Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) O Magnum Mysterium - Morten Lauridsen(b. 1943) The Road Home - Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)

Voci [Cork] Conductor: Fintan Scanlon Adoramus Te Op 37 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Ave Verum Corpus - Francis Poulenc (1899-1962)

CIT Chamber Choir [Cork] Conductor: Fearghal Ó Conchubhair O Magnum Mysterium - David N Childs (b. 1969) Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel? - Moses Hogan (1957-2003)

Gracenotes [Mayo] Conductor: Laura Brogan Illumina Le Tenebre - Joan Szymko (b. 1957) Benedictus Es - Ériks Ešenvalds (b. 1977)

The Carrigaline Choral Group [Cork] Conductor: Aonghus Joyce Ave Verum Corpus - William Byrd (1543-1623) Ain-a That Good News - William L. Dawson (1899-1990)

PfizerPfonics [Cork] Conductor: Bernadette Kiely Sanctus-Benedictus - Josep Villa (b. 1967) The Lord’s Prayer - Albert Hay Malotte (1895-1940)

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[Cork] Conductor: Alan Carey O, Quam Gloriosum - TL de Victoria (1548-1611) Eja Mater, Fons Amoris - Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

GUEST PERFORMANCE St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Choir [Cork] Conductor: Malcolm Wisener / Organ: James Taylor Bogoroditsye Dyevo - Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Love divine - Howard Goodall (b. 1958) Now the green blade riseth - arr. Simon Lindley

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Festival Awards


Festival Awards

AWARDS CEREMONY

Adjudication of Fleischmann International Trophy Competition and Presentation of Festival Awards

Sunday 3rd May, 5.15pm, Cork City Hall

Presenters: Shayron Hobbs & Seán Ó Callanáin Guest performance by Ceoltóirí Mhúscraí, Ireland Entry is free of charge and open to all

International Awards Fleischmann International Trophy Competition Perpetual Trophy Awarded to the winner of the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition. | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Lady Dorothy Mayer Memorial Trophy Special award for the performance of a piece in the International Competition. Donated by Chris Mahon. | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Schumann/Europe Trophy Special award for the performance of a work by a living European composer in the International Competition. In memory of Moira Pyne (1916-2009). | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Heinrich Schütz Perpetual Trophy Special award for the performance of a work by Heinrich Schütz in the International or National Competitions. In memory of Dr. Hans Waldemar Rosen (1904-1994). | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The McCurtain and McSwiney Memorial Trophy Special award, decided by the members of the International Jury, to a conductor in the International Competition for the performance of an imaginative and artistic programme. Donated by the Cork Council of Trade Unions. The recipient of this award will also receive a copy of the Musica DVD-ROM which is kindly donated by Musica International, the world-wide virtual choral library , a major project of the International Federation for Choral Music. | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

P.E.A.C.E. Trophy Awarded to a choir that best embraces the spirit of the Festival, and fulfils the intentions of the trophy’s benefactors, the P.E.A.C.E. Movement, Cork. Donated by P.E.A.C.E. Movement, Cork. | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Festival Awards

National Competition Awards Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy (Ireland’s Choir of the Year) Awarded to Ireland’s Choir of the Year. Donated by the Guinness Choir in memory of its founder Victor Leeson on the occasion of the choir’s 50th Anniversary in 2001. | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Uí Laoghaire (The Pilib Ó Laoghaire Memorial Trophy) Special award for the performance of a piece in Irish. Donated by Cór Cois Laoi. | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Perpetual Trophy for the Performance of Irish Contemporary Choral Music Special award for the performance of an original choral work by a composer represented by the Contemporary Music Centre. Work must be written after 1975 and selected from the CMC score library. Donated by The Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland. | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The John Mannion Memorial Trophy Special award to a Chamber Choir for the performance of a work in the National Competitions. Donated by the family of John Mannion. | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

School Competition Awards John Cunningham Trophy (School Choir of the Festival) The school choir who receives the highest overall mark in the National Competition for Schools will be designated School Choir of the Festival and presented with The John Cunningham Trophy. | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Association of Irish Choirs Trophy Special award for the performance of a piece in the National Competition for Schools. | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Irish Federation of Musicians & Associated Professions Trophy Special award for the performance of a piece in Irish in the National Competition for Schools. | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Chris Mahon Bursary for Conductors Donated by the Mahon family in memory of Chris Mahon’s association with the festival. Special bursary award to a conductor in the Festival’s school competitions to attend the AOIC’s Annual Summer Schoolfor the performance of a piece in Irish in the National Competition for School. | Awarded to: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Teas of Real Character.


Church Interchange & Sacred Trail


Church Interchange & Sacred Trail Church Interchange CHURCH:

TIME:

VISITING CHOIR:

6:00pm

Cathedral of St. Mary & St. Anne

Saturday 25th April St. Joseph’s SMA Church, Wilton

Sunday 26th April Church of the Holy Cross, Mahon St. Columba’s Church, Douglas St.Michael’s Church, Blackrock St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown Cathedral of St. Mary & St. Anne Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield Church of the Real Presence, Curraheen Road Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool Our Lady Crowned Church, Mayfield Sacred Heart Church, Glounthaune St. Francis Church, Liberty St.

10:00am 11:00am 11:00am 11:00am 11:30am 11:30am 11:30am 12:00pm 12:00pm 12:00pm 12:00pm 12:00pm

St. Joseph’s SMA Church, Wilton St.Michael’s Church, Blackrock Sacred Heart Church, Glounthaune Church of the Real Presence, Curraheen Rd. Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross Our Lady Crowned Church, Mayfield Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield Church of the Holy Cross, Mahon St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown St. Columba’s Church, Douglas St. Francis Church, Liberty St. Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool

Sacred Trail CHURCH: TIME: VISITING CHOIR: Saturday 2nd May St. Joseph’s SMA Church, Wilton

6.00pm

Fingal Gospel Choir [IRELAND]

Sunday 3rd May Church of the Holy Cross, Mahon Holy Family Church, Military Hill Church of Christ Our Light, Ballincollig St. Columba’s Church, Douglas St.Michael’s Church, Blackrock St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork City Cathedral of St. Mary & St. Anne Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield Church of the Real Presence, Curraheen Rd. Trinity Presbyterian Church, Little William St. Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross Our Lady Crowned Church, Mayfield St. Francis Church, Liberty St.

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10.00am Gothenburg Youth Choir [SWEDEN] 10.30am Dingle New Music Choir [IRELAND] 11:00am Blackburn People’s Choir [UK] 11.00am Sibelius Upper Secondary School [FINLAND] 11.00am Chamber Choir of Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music [POLAND] 11.15am Ardú Vocal Ensemble [IRELAND] 11.30am Foerster Female Chamber Choir [CZECH REPUBLIC] 11.30am Chamber Choir of Tallinn University [ESTONIA] 11.30am Komorni Zbor Hugo Wolf [SLOVENIA] 11:45am Portadown Male Voice Choir [IRELAND] 12:00pm The Chanterelles [UK] 12:00pm Bel Canto Choir [CANADA] 12:00pm Female Alumnae Choir of TUT [ESTONIA] 12:00pm Reading Phoenix Choir [UK]


Choral Art


Choral Art

Artist: National Competitions Each year the Festival prides itself in commissioning an artist to create a set of unique awards for our National Competitions. This year’s artist is Etain Hickey, a Ceramic Artist & Gallery owner in Clonakilty, West Cork. Etain was born in Dublin and studied at Dun Laoighaire School of Art & Design which was followed by several years working in different studio potteries in the UK, the Channel Islands and Finland. In the early 80’s she moved to West Cork to set up her pottery studio with husband Jim Turner. From her lofted studio, overlooking the haw and fuchsia bound fields, Etain explores her love of colour and pattern in her ceramic wall dishes using rich glazes and lavish decorative techniques incorporating gold in a fresh and fluid manner. Etain draws and decorates straight onto the raw pot which is “raw” or “once-fired” missing out the usual biscuit

firing. She then paints on gold and other lustres (liquid metals) and the pieces are fired again to a lower temperature. Etain’s recent and expanding theme has been the landscape; rhythm of nature, patterns on a landscape shaped by the elements, the passage of time and the effects of man provide inspiration for her earthenware dishes. She says “Although living in a beautiful rural area in West Cork my work isn’t directly influenced by what I see outside my studio window… I work surrounded by reference points, old pots, drawings, books. When I start decorating I don’t always know what the next mark will be; I have to respond to each shape to try to capture some vitality and fluidity”. Etain’s ceramics have been purchased by the Dept of Foreign Affairs for presentations and for Collections such as The Ulster Museum, the Crafts Council of Ireland and the Fujita Museum in Japan; and have been selected for several international exhibitions; “European Ceramics” Rufford Art Centre England, in Zurich, Frankfurt, San Francisco and Philadelphia, USA. In 2013 some of her new brightly coloured earthenware wall dishes with added gold detail, were exhibited in The London Design Festival and Brussels. Etain won the 2014 Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Irish Ceramics Awards.

Artist: Fleischmann International Trophy As part of our commitment to supporting artists, the Cork International Choral Festival commissioned artists Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring in 2014 to create a bespoke Fleischmann International Trophy as a perpetual award following 20 years of unique works being produced for the competition by Liam Lavery. This perpetual trophy is inspired by a small extract from a hand written score by Aloys Fleischmann merging with the iconic “goldie fish” atop St. Anne’s, Shandon” along with other musical motifs and stylized vocalists using cast aluminium as the primary material combined with enamelled copper. Contemporary Irish artists Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring have been working and collaborating on art projects since 1988. Their work has developed from painting and small low-relief wall panels made of cast aluminium, through to large-scale public commissions using a variety of different materials; bronze, wood, copper, enamels, glass and stainless steel. Both Liam and Eithne have been engaged by the Festival over the years producing both National and International Awards since 1994.

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Biographies


Biographies

International Adjudicators Ralph Allwood [England]

nÓg. Mark currently holds the appointment of Director of the Defence Forces School of Music in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with responsibility for the administration, policy, planning, programming and musical direction of Ireland’s military bands.

Lorenzo Donati [Italy] Ralph Allwood MBE was Director of Music at Eton College for 26 years and is now a freelance conductor. He is the Director of the Eton Choral Courses and Conductor of the Rodolfus Choir. He is also a founder and conductor of Inner Voices, a conductor of the National Youth Choir of Wales and an adjudicator of the Llangollen Eisteddfod. He is Assistant Director of Music at Queens’ College, Cambridge and an Honorary Fellow of University College, Durham. He is Choral Advisor to Trinity College, Oxford and Wellington College. Ralph is also Director of Music at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and a teacher at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and at Tiffin School. In 2012 he was awarded a Doctorate of Music by Aberdeen University.

Lorenzo Donati is a composer, conductor, and violinist, who has studied with some of the world’s most important musicians in Arezzo and Florence. He has performed at concerts with Vocale Vox Cordis, Hesperimenta Vocal Ensemble di Arezzo, and Vocalia Consort di Roma, winning numerous national and international awards in the process. In 2007 he won two first prizes at the Concorso Internazionale per Direttori di Coro “Mariele Ventre” di Bologna. His work has been published by many Italian publishing houses and performed by esteemed choirs from all over Europe. He teaches choral conducting at the Conservatory of Trento.

Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo [Norway]

Mark Armstrong [Ireland] Mark Armstrong is one of Ireland’s most accomplished and versatile musicians. A love of choral music commenced at an early age as a boy chorister and developed through his years in Trinity College Dublin where he was invited to direct the College Singers, a sixteen voice choir and Musica Sacra, a choral group specialising in works of the high Baroque. Guest conducting engagements have included concert performances and recordings with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, Irish Film Orchestra, RTÉ Chamber Choir, RTE Philharmonic Choir, National Chamber Choir, and RTÉ Cór na 64

Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo is professor emeritus at Bergen University College, where she once taught choir conducting, piano, and solo voice. Educated as a pianist, singer, and conductor, she has gained wide recognition as a musician and teacher, and is especially known for her work with the female choir Voci Nobili. Her determination, combined with her artistic abilities and her unique musical ambience, has helped turn Voci Nobili into a very highlyesteemed European choir with many honours to its name. In 2005 she won the Norwegian Choral Association’s annual prize with Voci Nobili, and in 2006 she was awarded H.M. The Kings Medal of Merit in Gold for her educational and artistic contribution to Norwegian music.


Biographies Soma Szabó [Hungary] Soma Szabó earned his international reputation as conductor of the Cantemus Mixed Choir and as artistic director of Banchieri Singers. These ensembles have gained great success at many international music festivals, and have undertaken concert tours across the world. He regularly leads workshops on choral conducting, Kodály-teaching, and renaissance concert singing, and is regularly invited to be among the jury at international choral competitions. In addition to his work as a conductor, he also teaches at the School of Art in Nyíregyháza and remains a member of the Banchieri Singers, a vocal sextet. Amongst his honours are the 1st Prize and Grand Prix at the International Choir Competition of Tolosa, Spain, and the Special Prize for the the Best Conductor at the International Choral Competition of Budapest.

Schools Adjudicators Dr. Orla Flanagan [Ireland] Dr. Orla Flanagan is Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College in Dublin. She studied conducting with Prof. Péter Erdei at the Kodály Institute in Hungary and has participated in courses and masterclasses throughout Europe. In 2012 she was awarded a Doctorate of Music in Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Orla conducts the award-winning Mornington Singers, an adult choir based in Dublin. She was awarded the McCurtain & McSwiney Award to a conductor at the Cork Choral Festival’s

Fleischmann International Trophy Competition in 2014 and 2011 and in April 2009 was awarded a special prize for interpretation at the 10th International Choral Competition, Maribor, Slovenia. She frequently gives choral workshops and adjudicates at festivals throughout Ireland. In addition to her work with the Mornington Singers, Orla directs the UCD Philharmonic Choir. She has also appeared with professional choral ensembles: as conductor of Milltown Chamber Choir from 2006–2011, with EnsemBéal at the Béal Festival in November 2012 and as a frequent guest conductor with Chamber Choir Ireland, with whom she performed at the White House for Barack Obama in 2011.

Deirdre Moynihan [Ireland] As a soprano soloist Deirdre Moynihan performs with many operatic, orchestral, choral and chamber music groups both in Ireland and on the International stage. Her debut CD of Vivaldi Cantatas was released in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. International Record Review described her voice as being “unfailingly beautiful in tone”, Music Web International wrote “a beautiful voice, which is perfectly suited to baroque music” and The Sunday Business Post referred to her “superb vocal clarity”. Deirdre has been a soloist with, amongst others, the R.T.É Concert Orchestra, R.T.É National Symphony Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra. Radio broadcasts include Lyric FM, RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio Ulster. She was a former member of and soloist with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland and has worked as the soprano coach for The Irish Youth Choir. Deirdre is also the Programmes Manager for Music Network. www.deirdremoynihan.com

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Fleischmann Competitive Choirs:

Sat 2nd May, 3pm: - International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 11am: - Sacred Trail: St. Michael’s Church, Blackrock Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 8pm: - Closing Gala, City Hall

The Chamber Choir of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music [Poland] Conductor: Janusz Stanecki

The Chanterelles [United Kingdom] Conductor: Dr. Shirley Court

The Chamber Choir of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music was formed in Bydgoszcz in 1986 when conductor Janusz Stanecki brought students from a variety of different musical fields together to sing choral music. Since then, the choir has grown exponentially, and now works with the philharmonic orchestras of Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Torun, and Gorzow Wielkopolski. With a rich repertoire of Polish and European music from the Middle Ages to the present, the choir has toured extensively, appearing at International Choral Festivals in Argentina and the United States in recent years.

The Chanterelles began singing together in 2009. Based in Leicestershire, but with singers from all over the UK, the Chanterelles derive much satisfaction from singing together at such a high standard with their professionalism and proficiency evident in their music. Directed by Dr. Shirley Court, they boast a diverse repertoire which spans genres showcasing their rich sound. Their recent achievements include winning the women’s choirs section at the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs 2013, the North Wales Choral Festival in 2011, and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in 2010. The choir was also named ‘most entertaining choir’ at the final of the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs.

Achievements include: Grand Prix in the Polish Choir Tournament, Legnica Cantat (2006); the Peace Trophy at the 53rd Cork International Choral Festival (2007); five medals in the International Festival/ Competition Singing World in St. Petersberg, Russia (2012), and 4thplace in the International Choral Competition in Spittal, Austria (2014). WHEN & WHERE: Wed 29th April, 1:10pm: - Fringe Concert: Choirs at Christchurch I, Triskel Christchurch

WHEN & WHERE: Fri 1st May, 1:10pm: - Fringe Concert: Choirs at Christchurch III, Triskel Christchurch Fri 1st May, 3:30pm: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall Fri 1st May, 5:30pm: - Choral Trail: L’Atitude 51 Sat 2nd May, 8pm: - International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall

Thu 30th April, 1pm: - Guest Performance: Section 2 Post-Primary Equal Voice School Choirs Competition, City Hall

Sun 3rd May, 12pm: - Sacred Trail: Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool

Thu 30th April, 4pm: - Choral Trail: Tory Top Road Library, Ballyphehane

Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall

Fri 1st May, 11am: - Choral Trail: Glucksman Gallery, UCC

Sun 3rd May, 8pm: - Closing Gala, City Hall

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Biographies Foerster Female Chamber Choir [Czech Republic] Conductor: Jaroslav Brych

The Foerster Female Chamber Choir was founded in Prague in 1975 and quickly came to be regarded as one of the Czech Republic’s leading choirs. Over the last few decades the choir has amassed a great number of prizes, winning honours at festivals in Arezzo, Cork, Debrecen, Jihlava, and Prague, along with claiming outright victories at competitions in Klaipeda (2003), Vienna (2006), Venice (2008), and Rimini (2012). The choir pays special attention to contemporary music and has given many Czech composers their premiere performances, though its repertoire is wide, ranging from Renaissance polyphony to music of the 20th century. Current director Jaroslav Brych studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Václav Neumann and now works as a pedagogue there, the Faculty of Pedagogics at Charles University, and the Conservatoire of Pardubice. WHEN & WHERE: Fri 1st May, 10am: uest Performance: Composers in the Classroom -G Seminar, Millennium Hall, Eglinton St. Fri 1st May, 1:30pm: - Choral Trail: Cork City Library, Grand Parade Fri 1st May, 3:30pm: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall Sat 2nd May, 3pm: - International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 11:30am: - Sacred Trail: Cathedral of St. Mary & St. Anne Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 8pm: - Closing Gala, City Hall

Gothenburg Youth Choir [Sweden] Conductor: Anne Johansson Gothenburg Youth Choir was formed in 2006 and now consists of roughly 40 members. Nearly all of its members are past pupils of the Brunnsbo School 68

in Gothenburg, a state school with special music classes, who have continued singing together after graduation. Not only does the choir participate in several concerts a year in Sweden, it also performs internationally on a frequent basis, having in recent years taken part in festivals in Prague, Aarhus, Cork, Philadelphia, and New York. The choir has also produced two CDs; 2011’s Come Along, and 2013’s Caroling Christmas. The choir is conducted by Anne Johansson who, in addition to teaching at the Brunnsbo School, also teaches at the Department of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg. WHEN & WHERE: Wed 29th April, 6:30pm: - Choral Trail: Cork Airport Thu 30th April, 11am: - Fringe Concert: Music at the Masonic Hall, Tuckey St. Thu 30th April, 1pm: - Guest Performance: Section 2 Post-Primary Equal Voice School Choirs Competition, City Hall Fri 1st May, 3:30pm: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall Sat 2nd May, 3pm: - International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 10am: - Sacred Trail: Church of the Holy Cross, Mahon Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 8pm: - Closing Gala, City Hall

Komorni zbor Hugo Wolf [Slovenia] Conductor: Aleš Marčič The Hugo Wolf Chamber Choir was founded in 2010, the 150th Anniversary of the birth of composer Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) as part of the Cultural Society of German-Speaking Women (Mostovi-Brücken). Keeping in spirit with the rich tradition of choral singing in Maribor, the choir incorporates a very broad range of styles, both old and contemporary, with no limits of genre or origin. The choir consists mostly of students of the choir’s artistic director, Aleš Marčič, a Master of Musical Arts. In 2011, the choir was awarded the golden diploma


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McPherson, Christmas carols for RTÉ and TV3, and four self-produced albums. Dr. Orla Flanagan has conducted the Mornington Singers since 2002. She holds an Advanced Diploma from the Kodály Institute in Hungary and a Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College, Dublin. in category “Musica sacra” at “In… Canto sul Garda”in Italy. In 2014 they were invited to perform at Festival Maribor as part of the project “Stolen” with artistic director Richard Tognetti, director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. WHEN & WHERE: Wed 29th April, 2:30pm: - Guest Performance: Section 3 Post-Primary Mixed Voice School Choirs Competition, City Hall Thu 30th April, 11am: - Choral Trail: Cork City Library, Grand Parade Fri 1st May, 3:30pm: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall Fri 1st May, 5:30pm: - Choral Trail: Electric Bar & Restaurant, South Mall Sat 2nd May, 8pm: - International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall

WHEN & WHERE: Fri 1st May, 3:30pm: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall Sat 2nd May, 8pm: - International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 10am: - Ireland’s Choir of the Year Competition, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 2pm: - Choral Trail: Afternoons in the Atrium, Clarion Hotel Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 8pm: - Closing Gala, City Hall

New Dublin Voices [Ireland] Conductor: Bernie Sherlock

Sun 3rd May, 11:30am: - Sacred Trail: Church of the Real Presence, Curraheen Rd. Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 8pm: - Closing Gala, City Hall

Mornington Singers [Ireland] Conductor: Dr. Orla Flanagan

Mornington Singers is a mixed-voice choir based in Dublin. The choir specialises in a cappella repertoire, with a particular focus on music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Highlights on the competition circuit have included the Florilège Vocal de Tours 2014, Cork International Choral Festival 2014 and 2011, and Maribor International Choral Competition 2009. In May 2014 the choir was named Ireland’s Choir of the Year and awarded 3rd Prize in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition at Cork International Choral Festival. Recent recording has included music for the film The Eclipse by Conor

International award-winning New Dublin Voices is a leading Irish chamber choir. Founded in 2005 by conductor Bernie Sherlock, NDV performs an innovative repertoire ranging from the medieval to the contemporary. The choir takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers and has given numerous Irish and world premieres. NDV has won prizes at major competitions in France, Hungary, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Spain, England and Italy, and was awarded ‘Ireland’s Choir of the Year’ at the Cork International Choral Festival 2013. The choir’s busy calendar includes fund-raising for charities, television appearances, guesting with both orchestras of the national broadcaster, RTÉ, and performing at special events. Bernie Sherlock is Musical Director of the Culwick Choral Society, and Lecturer in Music at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. WHEN & WHERE: Fri 1st May, 3:30 pm: 69


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- Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall Sat 2nd May, 8pm: - International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 10am: - Ireland’s Choir of the Year Competition, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 2pm: - Choral Trail: Afternoons in the Atrium, Clarion Hotel

Sun 3rd May, 8pm: - Closing Gala, City Hall

Sibelius Upper Secondary School Chamber Choir [Finland] Conductor: Reijo Aittakumpu

Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 8pm: - Closing Gala, City Hall

Reading Phoenix Choir [United Kingdom] Conductor: David Crown

Reading Phoenix Choir was established in 1969 by founding musical director Norman Morris and quickly became recognised as one of the top amateur choirs in the United Kingdom. The choir gives up to twenty concerts a year and raises thousands for charity. Performing a wide variety of music, both sacred and secular, from early 16th century to present day, the choir participates regularly in national and international competitions, broadcast recordings, and tours. The choir’s current Musical Director, David Crown, is Director of Music at Somerville College, Oxford. His work with choirs and orchestras has attracted great acclaim in the United Kingdom and abroad. WHEN & WHERE:

Sibelius Upper Secondary School Chamber Choir is a choir that regards laughter and love of music as its constitutive elements. Counted among the most significant of Finnish youth choirs, it currently consists of 50 singers, all of whom study in the school and play a variety of instruments. The choir is conducted by Reijo Aittakumpu and constitutes a central element in the arts-based curriculum and practice of Sibelius Upper Secondary School. Over recent years the choir has produced several recordings and has also toured in countries including Germany, Russia, the U.S.A., Japan, and Argentina. In 2001 it was awarded the title of Youth Choir of the Year by Finnish National Broadcasting Company.

Thu 30th April, 2:30pm: - Choral Trail: Cork Airport

WHEN & WHERE:

Fri 1st May, 1:10pm: -F ringe Concert: Choirs at Christchurch III, Triskel Christchurch Fri 1st May, 3:30pm: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall Fri 1st May, 6pm: - Choral Trail, Maldron Hotel Sat 2nd May, 3pm: - International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 12pm: - Sacred Trail: St. Francis Church, Liberty Street Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall 70

Thur 30th April, 11:30: - Friendship Concert: Coláiste na Toirbhurte, Bandon Fri 1st May, 10am: - Guest Performance: Composers in the Classroom Seminar, Millennium Hall, Eglinton St. Fri 1st May, 3:30pm: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall Sat 2nd May, 3pm: - International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 11am: - Sacred Trail: St. Columba’s Church, Douglas Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall


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Sun 3rd May, 8pm: - Closing Gala, City Hall

Tallinn University Chamber Choir [Estonia] Conductor: Sander Tamm

Non-Competitive Choirs: Árdú Vocal Ensemble [Ireland]

The Chamber Choir of Tallinn University was formed in 1997 under the guidance of Merike Aarma. The choristers are students and University alumni from over ten different academic departments. The repertoire varies from Renaissance music to contemporary masterpieces; the work of Veljo Tormis is a significant part of the choir’s repertoire and they have performed his pieces while successfully representing Estonia in various competitions and festivals: the VIII International Choir Competition “Europe and its Songs” in Barcelona, 2006, Malta in 2007, in the “World Choir Championships 2009” in Korea, the XI Estonian Chamber Choir Festival in 2010 (Grand Prix and special awards) and in Rimini in 2011. The choir’s current conductor is Sander Tamm, who is also chief conductor of Virumaa Boys’ Choir and a student at the Estonian Academy of Music. WHEN & WHERE: Wed 29th April, 11:15am: - Guest Performance: Section 1 Primary School Choirs Competition, City Hall Wed 29th April, 1:15pm: - Choral Trail: AIB Bank, South Mall Thu 30th April, 11:15am: - Friendship Concert: Carrignafoy Community College, Cobh Thu 30th April, 2:30pm: - Choral Trail: Bishopstown Library Fri 1st May, 12pm: - Choral Trail: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory Fri 1st May, 3:30pm: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall Sat 2nd May, 8pm: - International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 11:30am: - Sacred Trail: Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 8pm: - Closing Gala, City Hall

Ardú are a new and unique a cappella choral ensemble comprising of five and six singers. Our singers are from various parts of Ireland and the UK all of whom have roots in traditional choral singing. Ardú specialise in arranging well known popular music for five voices, exploring the use of the voice as an instrument with percussive sounds as well as melody and harmony. Ardú launched their debut EP, ‘Only You/Back, in Time’ at the City of Derry International Choral Festival in October 2014. This five track album features well known songs from artists such as Queen and Coldplay, all arranged to suit our unique sound. The EP is available on Spotify & iTunes or in physical form from our website ArduMusic.com. WHEN & WHERE: Sat 2nd May, 3pm: - Guest Performance: International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall Sat 2nd May, 2pm session: - Choral Trail: Afternoons in the Atrium Sat 2nd May, 8pm: - Guest Performance: International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 11:15am: - Sacred Trail: St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork City Sun 3rd May, 2.45pm: - Guest Performance: National Competition for Church Music, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Bel Canto [Canada] Conductor: Melanie Taylor Founded in 1981, Bel Canto Choirs is located in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. The choir is led by artistic director and conductor Melanie Taylor, and was conceived to provide solo and choral opportunities for Prince George Youth. With a repertoire that

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includes classical, folk, ethnic, spirituals, and jazz, the choir has represented British Columbia and Canada at several music events and competitions, winning many awards in the process. Recently the choir has performed at the Young Prague International Music Festival (2013), the Whistler BC Music Festival (2012), and the Oceanside California Jazz Festival (2011). WHEN & WHERE: Wed 29th April, 2:30pm: - Guest Performance: Section 3 Post-Primary Mixed Voice School Choirs Competition, City Hall Thu 30th April, 11:30am: - Friendship Concert: Davis College, Mallow

1998 when half a dozen people attended a series of Bulgarian folk song workshops in Blackburn Museum. This small group suffered severe withdrawal symptoms at the end of the six week session, and so embarked on a search for funding to start a choir that could continue to explore unaccompanied harmony singing. Jeff Borradaile B.Ed. (Hons) - has directed Blackburn’s People’s Choir on a choral journey that has seen the group grow into a choir of 100 singers performing 20 concerts a year raising thousands of pounds for charity whilst developing the choirs technique and repertoire. The choir has participated at the Krokstand Man Must Dance Festival in Sweden in 2006 and 2008, visited Northern Cyprus in 2009 and 2011, and won trophies at the Isle of Man festival of Choirs in 2011 and 2013. Their repertoire is wide, with songs from a range of places and times African and world music, folk, gospel, pop, sacred, classical and contemporary, while also keeping a focus on Estonian choral music. In 2006 the choir was awarded the Choir Of The Year prize by the Estonian Female Choir Association. WHEN & WHERE:

Thu 30th April, 3pm: - Choral Trail: Glucksman Gallery, UCC

Sat 2nd May, 11am: - Choral Trail: Cork City Library, Grand Parade

Fri 1st May, 11am: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall

Sat 2nd May, 1pm: - Choral Trail: Bodega Bar & Restaurant

Fri 1st May, 12:45pm: - Choral Trail: AIB Bank, South Mall

Sun 3rd May, 11am: - Sacred Trail: Church of Christ Our Light, Ballincollig

Fri 1st May, 5:30pm: - Choral Trail: Kent Train Station

Sun 3rd May, 2pm: - Choral Trail: Poor Relation Grocery Pub

Sat 2nd May, 3pm: - Guest Performance: International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall

Sun 2nd May, 2pm session: - Choral Trail: Afternoons in the Atrium

Sun 3rd May, 12pm: - Sacred Trail: Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross

Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall

Sun 3rd May, 2:45pm: - Guest Performance: National Competition for Church Music, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Female Alumnae Choir of TUT [Estonia]

Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall

Conductors: Andres Heinapuu & Tiina Selke

Blackburn People’s Choir [UK] Conductors: Jeff Borradaile

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Female Alumnae Choir of Tallinn University of Technology was founded 31 years ago by a group of enthusiasts who had studied in the university and sung in the choir as students. Conducted by Andres Heinapuu and Tiina Selke, the choir’s repertoire covers a wide range, from classical and


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contemporary music to folk songs and arrangements of popular songs. During the years, choir’s repertoire has embraced music by Johannes Brahms, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and many more great composers, whilst also keeping a focus on Estonian choral music. In the 2006 the choir was awarded the Choir Of The Year prize by the Estonian Female Choir Association.

singing. At the moment she is studying classical choir conduction at the University of Southern Denmark.

WHEN & WHERE:

Thu 30th April, 3:30pm: - Choral Trail: AIB Bank, South Mall

Thu 30th April, 10am: - Friendship Concert: Coláiste an Chraoibhín, Fermoy Thu 30th April, 1pm: - Guest Performance: Section 2 Post-Primary Equal Voice School Choirs Competition, City Hall

WHEN & WHERE: Thu 30th April, 11am: - Choral Trail: Cork University Hospital Thu 30th April, 1pm: - Choral Trail: Bodega Bar & Restaurant

Fri 1st May, 11am: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall Fri 1st May, 2pm: - Choral Trail: Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place

Thu 30th April, 5:30pm: - Choral Trail: Electric Bar & Restaurant

Fri 1st May, 7:30pm: - Friendship Concert: Edel Quinn Town Hall, Kanturk

Fri 1st May, 11am: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall

Sat 2nd May, 2pm: - Choral Trail Afternoons in the Atrium, Clarion Hotel

Fri 1st May, 1:30pm: - Choral Trail: Cork Vision Centre

Sun 3rd May, 2pm: - Guest Performance: National Competition for Light, Jazz and Popular Music, City Hall

Sat 2nd May, 11am: - Choral Trail: Glucksman Gallery, UCC Sat 2nd May, 2pm: - Choral Trail Afternoons in the Atrium, Clarion Hotel Sat 2nd May, 3pm: - Guest Performance: International Fleischmann Gala, City Hall

Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall

Ier en Gunter [Belgium] Conductor: Dirk Ooms

Sun 3rd May, 12pm: - Sacred Trail: Our Lady Crowned Church, Mayfield

Húsakórið [Denmark] Conductor: Tóra Vestergaard

Húsakórið is a choir of Faroe Islanders residing in Copenhagen that was founded in 1971. The choir has an invaluable importance to the local Faroese community and to everyone that appreciates the great Nordic and Faroese music traditions. Capturing in their sound the rough and windy climate of the Faroe Islands, there is a sense of drama in their music, scored with lyrics by the greatest Faroese poets. In 2012 Húsakórið had the honour of performing for the Danish Queen on the 40th anniversary of her coronation. Since January 2012 Húsakórið has been conducted by the talented Ms Tóra Vestergaard. Tóra has a masters degree in music pedagogy and

Ier en Gunter is based in the Belgian coast town of Ostend which bears the proud title of ‘Stad aan zee’. The ‘Ier’ in the name, which is Dutch for both ‘here’ and ‘Irishman’, is a reference to founding member Joe Mullen, who was originally from Cobh, Co. Cork. Conducted by Mr. Dirk Ooms, it is a mixed four voice amateur choir with a broad repertoire consisting of Irish and English folksongs, world music, Chanson, Pop, Jazz, Renaissance, and Baroque pieces. Dirk Ooms is a pianist and teacher at the Ostend Music Conservatory. The choir is also accompanied on guitar by Patrick Gyselen. WHEN & WHERE: Fri 1st May, 6:15pm: - Choral Trail: Cork Airport Sat 2nd May, 11am: - Choral Trail: Blarney Castle Sat 2nd May, 2pm: 73


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UNTAK [Norway]

Sun 3rd May, 2pm: - Guest Performance: National Competition for Light, Jazz and Popular Music, City Hall

Conductor: Dan Broch

Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall

Jordan Valley Choir [Israel] Conductor: Ira Kalechman

Jordan Valley Choir was founded 32 years ago in the beautiful Jordan Valley next to the Sea of Galilee. The choir is conducted by Mrs. Ira Kalechman and consists of 35 singers that offer a broad range of vocal styles. With a repertoire containing Israeli songs (old and new), Jewish Liturgical Music, folk songs, and classical, the choir has performed on TV shows, radio stations, official ceremonies, and has participated in choral festivals in Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Russia. It won a gold medal in the International Choir Festival “Shirat Hayamim” in Natania, Israel. The choir is accompanied by pianist Mrs. Marina Sandrovich.

WHEN & WHERE: Fri 1st May, 11am: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall Fri 1st May, 12:30pm: - Choral Trail: Cork Bus Station, Parnell Place

WHEN & WHERE:

Fri 1st May, 1 30pm: - Choral Trail: Bodega Bar & Restaurant

Thu 30th April, 10:30am: - Friendship Concert: Glanmire Community College

Fri 1st May, 6pm: - Choral Trail: Tom Barry’s Bar

Thu 30th April, 1pm: - Guest Performance: Section 2 Post-Primary Equal Voice School Choirs Competition, City Hall

Sat 2nd May, 9:30am: - Guest Performance: National Competitions for Female, Male and Mixed Voice Choirs, City Hall

Thu 30th April, 3pm: - Choral Trail: Crawford Art Gallery

Sat 2nd May, 1:30pm: - Choral Trail: The Kingsley Hotel, Victoria Cross

Fri 1st May, 11am: - Choir Meet & Greet, City Hall

Sat 2nd May, 2pm: - Choral Trail Afternoons in the Atrium, Clarion Hotel

Fri 1st May, 2:30pm: - Choral Trail: Blarney Castle Sat 2nd May, 1pm: - Choral Trail: Bull McCabe’s Bar & Restaurant Sat 2nd May, 2:30pm: - Choral Trail:Brown Thomas Sun 3rd May, 10am: - Guest Performance: National Competition for Youth Choirs, Chamber Choirs & Ireland’s Choir of the Year, City Hall Sun 3rd May, 5:15pm: - Awards Ceremony, City Hall 74

UNTAK is a mixed choir and was established in 1991. The choir consists of both a show/cabaret group and a choir based in the two small neighboring communities of Nesseby and Tana in Finnmark, a county in Arctic Norway. The choir is currently made up of 30 singers from Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Its repertoire reflects the diversity of cultures in its surrounding regions, where music from the indigenous Sámi tradition is of great importance. Conducted by Dan Broch, the choir’s profane and ecclesiastical repertoire consists primarily of Norwegian, Sámi, Finnish, Swedish and Russian music.


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Guest Groups: Band of 1 Brigade [Ireland]

Plough and the Stars, Cassie in Cass Maguire, and Man of La Mancha. She has directed such works as Battle of the Sexes, Through the Wire, and the national premiere of Fame, plus several pantomimes. Catherine is part of an excellent staff in the Academy. CADA’s performance in the Choral Festival involves pupils, teachers and parents.

Ceoltóirí Mhúscraí [Ireland] Director: Martin Power Tutors: Caroline Ní Chathasaigh & Brian McGillicuddy

The Army No. 2 Band was formed in April 1925 at Beggars Bush Barracks, Dublin. It was posted to Cork the following year, where it is currently stationed at Collins Barracks. The numerical titles of all bands, with the exception of the Army No.1 Band, were later changed to territorial styles; thus the Army No.2 Band became The Band of the Southern Command. Its current title, The Band of 1 Brigade, dates from a reorganisation of the Defence Forces in 1997. In addition to its military commitments, the band plays a major part in the musical and cultural life of the southern region of the country. It regularly appears at important events such as the Cork International Choral Festival and its concert performances at venues such as City Hall, Cork, have won an enthusiastic following. The band’s Schools Concert programme is a much-appreciated part of the Defence Forces contribution to the community. In recent years performances abroad have become a feature of the band’s schedule and it has performed to acclaim at events such as The International Festival of Military Music at Saumur, France, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Toronto, Canada.

Ceoltóirí Mhúscraí is a group of highly talented young Irish traditional musicians, singers and dancers based in Maria Immaculata Community College, Dunmanway and Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. The group are actively involved in the musical and social development of the community locally and also perform at many local and national events. Performances include an extensive and varied repertoire of Slow Airs, Planxtys and Dance Tunes, enhanced by individual and group dancing and traditional singing, both in Irish and English.

The Cork Irish Dance Company [Ireland] Directors: Miah Walsh & Maria Kiely-Walsh

CADA Performing Arts [Ireland] Artistic Director: Catherine Mahon-Buckley

CADA Performing Arts is a centre for performers and communicators to stretch themselves, learn new skills, and reach their full potential. CADA also comprises (a) a special needs integration programme - where performers’ gifts are highlighted; (b) a Youth Theatre Company and (c) a youth choir. CADA Performing Arts allows all its students to be stars. Catherine MahonBuckley, renowned director, teacher and actress, is Artistic Director of the Academy. Her credits as an actress include Maggie in Big Maggie, Bessie in The

The Cork Irish Dance Company is the senior section of the Kiely-Walsh Academy of Irish Dancing. Directed by Miah Walsh and Maria Kiely Walsh, the company boasts an impressive array of world class dancers and is one of the leading Irish Dance schools in the country, having won many World, All-Ireland, and international titles. The company’s unique ability to create event-specific traditional and modern performances has remained central to their success. Cork Irish Dance has performed for many corporate and civic audiences including the Lord Mayor of Cork, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at the Wimbledon Ball in 2005, in addition to having performed in many national and international festivals.

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Festival Sponsors & Organisers

Festival Sponsors: Grant Aid Arts Council of Ireland Cork City Council Cork County Council Fáilte Ireland

Media Sponsors C103FM Evening Echo Irish Examiner RTÉ Supporting the Arts

Hotel Sponsors Ambassador Hotel Best Western Montenotte Hotel Blarney Hotel & Golf Resort Clarion Hotel (Festival Hotel) Gresham Metropole Hotel Imperial Hotel Jury’s Inn The Kingsley Maryborough House Hotel

Event Sponsors AIB Bank AOIC Féile na Bealtaine Indaver Ireland

Sponsors Architectural & Metal Systems Barry’s Tea Citco Fund Services Cork Airport Authority Cork Libraries Network Crowley’s DFK Dunnes Stores Freight Force International Jerh O’Connor & Sons Limited O’Mahony Boylan Golden Penneys Project Management Willis

Partner Businesses 14A Restaurant Amicus Restaurant Arthur Maynes Wine Bar

BDSM Bar Blarney Castle Bodega Bar @ St. Peter’s Market Bull McCabe’s Bar & Restaurant Café Paradiso Restaurant Carroll’s Castle Café Cork City Gaol Crane Lane Theatre Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse El Fenix El Mercado Mexican Restaurant Fionnbarra’s Bar Four Star Pizza Franciscan Well Bar & Brewery Gallaghers Gastro Pub House Café l’Atitude 51 Wine & Tapas Bar Market Lane Restaurant Miss Daisy Blue Mutton Lane Pub ORSO Restaurant Oval Bar Pinocchios Toy Store Poor Relation Grocery Pub Scoozi’s Restaurant Secret Garden Studio Sin É Pub Strasbourg Goose Restaurant The Farmgate Café The Rising Sons Brewery Triskel Arts Centre Vicarstown Bar West Cork Model Railway Village Whazon Woodford Bar

Donations The Bowen Family Maura Deasy & Aidan O’Dwyer Kay Dunne Eileen Fitzpatrick Ruth Fleischmann Cllr Mary Shields TEAM @ Cork City Council

Venue Donations Blarney Castle Bull McCabe’s Restaurant Bus Station Carrignafoy Community College Cork University Hospital Electric IRD Duhallow Maldron Hotel Opera Lane

Benefit in Kind CIT Cork School of Music County Cork VEC School of Music Irish Distillers J W O’Donovan Solicitors

Friends of the Festival Arthur Baker Bob & Phyllis Barry Marina Biefeni Olevano Ann Bracken Helen Breen Mary Buckley Tony Cooney Julia Cooper Jim Corr Teresa Cotter Maura Deasy Kay Dunne Erika & Adolf Eichenseer Fr. Christy Fitzgerald Eileen Fitzpatrick John & Jane Fitzpatrick Ruth Fleischmann Maeve Fleischmann Monica Gavin David Griffin Oliver & Joan Hynes Aiveen Kearney Fr. Paul Kenny Richard Keys McDonnell Terry Loane Eileen Liston Diarmuid & Mary Long Domhnall Mac A’ Bháird Pauline & Frank Matthews Máire Mulcahy Colin & Angela Nicholls Ann O’ Brien Dr. Colum Ó Cléirigh Catherine O’ Connell Michael O’Connell Aidan O’ Dwyer Clare O’ Flynn Liam & Lola Ó Héigearta Ann O’ Reilly Massimo Paccarie Wan Pei Chenn Francis Power Carmel & Proinnsias O’ Keeffe Stephen & Annie Pegler Canon George Salter Mary Shorten Eve St Leger Dr. Alicia & Mrs. Eveline St. Leger Tom & Martha Walsh Alison Walsh Barry Warren Elizabeth T. Ware M. Wolff 77


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Festival Organisers: President The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Mary Shields

Vice Presidents Arthur Baker Jim Corr Dan Donovan Ruth Fleischmann

Festival Chairman Gerard Breen

Festival Director John Fitzpatrick

Festival Manager Sinéad Dunphy

Administration Caoimhe Murray

Artistic Advisory Board John Fitzpatrick (Chairperson) Ann Healy-Mayes Maria Judge Colin Nicholls John O’Brien Mary Shorten

Adjudicators’ Officers Aisling Fitzpatrick (Coordinator) Joy Beardsworth Ríonach Hurley Eileen Hogan Deirdre Kelleher Ann Looney Clarisse Lynch Patrick Mayes Elaine McCarthy John Murphy Rachel O’Riordan Cliodhna O’ Sullivan Eileen O’ Shea Trish Quinn Veronica Tadman

Afternoons in the Atrium Colin Nicholls Angela Nicholls Clare Nicholls Jo Ann O’Connor Lisa McAuliffe Clodagh Whelan

Administrative Assistant

Box Office

Laurence Kenny

Ann Murphy (Coordinator) Everyman Theatre Box Office Staff

Marketing & Sales Assistants

Church Music Competition

Úna Hennessy Florence Mundler

Ann Healy-Mayes (Coordinator) Carmel Coen Patricia Cotter Dónal Foley Carmel Healy Declan Healy Michael Healy John Keogh Stephanie Loftus Patrick Mayes Robyn Mayes Michael O’Connell

Executive Board Gerard Breen (Chairman) Neil Bowen Pat Bradley David J. Butler Cllr. John Buttimer Sinéad Dunphy John Fitzpatrick Joe Kennelly Catherine Mahon-Buckley Cllr. Kieran McCarthy Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Pat Nash Linda Nolan Cllr. Mary Shields Victor Shine Valerie Sisk

CD Production John Fitzpatrick John O’Connor

Fáilteoirí Valerie Sisk (Coordinator) Linda Nolan Cay Cooney Elizabeth Daly Harvey Fitzgibbon Richard Keane Freda Kearney-Grieve Anne Kennedy Stephen Kennedy Cliona Kenny Frank Mackey Lucy McCarthy Pronnsias McCongaill Brian McDonagh Moira McGuinness Julia McNally Dennis Murphy Emma Murphy David Purcell Fiona Quinn Julie Ann Ramsell Ursula Ramsell Victor Shine Naomi Sisk Ann Marie Spillane

Festival Club Sinéad Dunphy

Front-of-House Manager Neil Bowen

Guest Liaison Team Bernadette Kiely (Coordinator) Michelle Collins Cliona Hinds Jo O’ Hora Patricia O’Sullivan

Graphic Design Hopkins Communications

Composers in the Classroom Frances O’Callaghan (Coordinator) Sam Barker

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Irene Buckley Maeve Dineen Catherine Frost Mary Gartland Paul Linehan Emily Magner Ian McDonagh Fiona Moylan Pobalscoil na Trionoide, Youghal North Presentation Secondary School, Cork Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig St. Aloysius School, Cork


Festival Sponsors & Organisers Interval Receptions

Prize Draws

Catherine Mahon-Buckley (Coordinator) Breda O’Riordan (Assistant Coordinator) Eilis Byrne Anne Higgins Margot Lyons Caroline Murphy Trisha O’Regan Ger O’Sullivan Una Ryan

Mary Cody Kathleen Healy Maria Kingston Glaslynn Choir (Bandon) Montfort Youth Choir

Lighting Derry O’Shea

Market Research Florence Mundler

Merchandising Conor Bowen (Coordinator) Meabh Ahern Katie Hayes Fionnuala Joyce Muireann Joyce Ben Leacy Clare O’Keeffe

Official Accompanist Deirdre Long

Performance Venue Manager Gerard Breen

Performer Assembly Catherine Mahon-Buckley (Coordinator) Carol Downey (Assistant Coordinator) Stephanie Bowen Caroline Davitt Ann Duggan Mags Horgan Ann Hume Cáit Moynihan

Presenters Carol Daly Jane Fitzpatrick John Fitzpatrick Evelyn Grant Michael Grennell Shayron Hobbs James Hynes Emily Magner Elmarie Mawe Seán Ó Callanáin Ruth O’Shea

Protocol - Venue Sinéad Dunphy (Coordinator) Cathleen Bowen Helen Breen John Buckley Kay Dunne Jane Fitzpatrick Kay Madden John McCarthy Marion McCarthy Aidan Moloney Geraldine Moloney Andrew Mulcahy Heather Mulcahy Breda O’Brien Sally O’Brien

Schools Competitions Mary Shorten (Coordinator) Mary Barry Mary Buckley Phil Burns Sr. Callie Mary Coakley Dave Condon Mary Condon Mairín Cotter Teresa Cotter Deirdre Creagh Eleanor Cronin Mary Cronin Jim Daly Sr. De Lourdes Sr. Mary Jane Donaldson Nora Doolan Mary Fleming Ann Looney Mary Lucey Frances McCann Catherine McCarthy Marguerite McCarthy Anne Murphy Teresa O’Brien Catherine O’Connell Pauline O’Connell Stella O’Keeffe Mary O’Malley Anne O’Regan Ann Roche Margaret Tobin Kathleen Vaughan

Stage Management Eoin Breen (Stage Manager)

Marjorie Boyd Richard Breen Matthew Grogan Sinead O’Mahony Ingrid O’Shea Kathryn Sugrue

Stewards Aidan Kennedy (Coordinator) Leanne Batchelor Bernie Bowen John Bowen Ann Buckley Elaine Buckley Maurice Bunyan Alison Clarke Mary Clarke Niamh Collins Catherine Cogan Catherine Cronin Anne Cummins Abagael Gowen Mary Gleeson Mary Hurley Bríd Kearney Ray Kennedy Eileen Kelly Terry Kiely Mary Lapthorne Paddy Lynch Robyn Mayes Charlotte McGrath Eibhlin McGrath Thora McGrath Bernadette Mullane Anne Murphy Sarah Murphy-Kearney Tony Murphy Eileen O’Connor Frances O’Donovan David O’Keeffe Mary O’Keeffe Mary O’Leary Niamh O’Mahony Megan O’Mahony Kay O’Riordan Ray O’Shea Aoife Osborne Brian Osborne Saundra Osborne Charlie Saville Daniel Twomey Tom Walsh Aaron Wills

Transport Victor Shine (Coordinator)

Trophies Team David J. Butler (Coordinator) Noel Hodge David Murray

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Sights Blarney Castle Want to explore the beautiful Irish surroundings without straying too far from the city? Blarney Castle and Gardens are located just a 15min drive or 20min public bus ride away. The impressive Castle, built in 1446, is most famous for its Blarney Stone, which according to folklore, has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. Equally worth exploring are the beautiful grounds around the Castle, with Blarney House taking in over 60 acres of parklands, a lake, gardens, avenues and arboretums, as well as housing an impressive array of tree species. Don’t miss the Rock Close, which is a mystical place on the site of an ancient druidic settlement. Here you will find a trail that leads you under groves of gnarled oak and yew trees to the Dolmen, Wishing Steps, Witch’s Kitchen and other features. Other attractions to be found in the grounds include The Poison Garden, The Fern Garden, Old Ice House, Climbing Plant Wall, The Bog Garden and waterfalls, The Pinetum, and the new Irish Garden. ENTRY: €13 for an adult | €11 for student/senior | €5 for child and €32 for a family (Under 8’s are free) OPEN: 9am to sundown AT: Blarney, Co. Cork. | 021 4385252 | e: info@blarneycastle.ie | www.blarneycastle.ie

Church of St. Anne - Shandon Bells Enjoy the Unique experience of ringing the world famous Shandon Bells from the first floor, view the internal workings of the clocks, the ‘Four Faced Liar’ and see the 18th Century bells. Enjoy the spectacular 360° views of Cork City and beyond from the balcony of the Shandon Bells Tower and unwind and be at peace in our beautiful church. AT: Church Street, Shandon, Cork. (021) 4505906 | www.shandonbells.ie

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Sights Cork City Gaol A big part of Cork’s heritage, Cork City Gaol is located 2km from Patrick’s Street. While the magnificent castle-like building is now a major and unique visitor attraction, this Gaol once housed 19th century prisoners. Visitors get a fascinating insight into day-to-day prison life at a time when high walls ensured no escape and denied law abiding citizens the opportunity to see one of the finest examples of architectural heritage. Stepping inside, visitors are taken back in time to the 19th century. Wandering through the wings of the Gaol, the cells are furnished with amazingly life-like wax figures; original graffiti on cell walls tell the innermost feelings of some inmates; while a very spectacular audio visual tells the social history and contrasting lifestyles of 19th Co. Cork and why some people turned to crime, and some ended up in Australia. This exhibition fascinates visitors of all ages and nationalities and is available in up to 13 languages. ENTRY: Seniors €8, Students €7, Children €5, Family €25 OPEN: March - October 9.30am to 5pm | November - February 10am - 4pm AT: Convent Avenue, Sunday’s Well, Cork City. | (021) 4305022 | www.corkcitygaol.com

West Cork Model Railway Village A visit to the award winning West Cork Model Railway Village is a treat for all the family. On the Inchydoney road overlooking Clonakilty bay, the Model Village is a fully scaled replica of the towns that sprang up along the West Cork Railway in the 1940’s. The village tells the story of how people lived and worked in days gone by giving both children and adults a love and understanding of his or her local history. Activities at the model village include a 30 minute audio tour on the Choo Choo Road Train around Clonakilty and an interpretative centre featuring film footage of the railway and original artefacts on display. A Café and Craft shop in authentic railway carriages overlook the bay and an indoor soft play and picnic area. Our friendly staff look forward to seeing you here.

TRAIN: 12 noon, 12.30, 2.00, 3.00, 4.00 (Weekends only September to May) ENTRY: With/without train ride; Adult €10(€7) | Concession (OAP/Students) €7.50 (€5) | Child 6 -16 years €6 (€4) | Infant 2-5yrs €3 (€2) | FAMILY TICKET two adults 3 children €30 (€20) OPEN: Daily 11am to 5pm, July & August 10am to 6pm (last admission 45 mins before closing) AT: Clonakilty, Co. Cork. | 023 8833224 / 8834843 | e: modelvillage@eircom.net | www.modelvillage.ie

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Cafés & Bars Fionnbarra’s Bar

L’Atitude 51 Wine & Tapas Bar

AT: 73 Douglas St, Cork City.

AT: 1 Union Quay, Cork city. (021) 239 0219 | www.latitude51.ie

Franciscan Well Brewery AT: 14b North Mall, Cork City. | (021) 439 3434 www.franciscanwellbrewery.com

The Woodford AT: 19-20 Paul Street, Cork. (021) 425 3931 | www.thewoodford.ie

Gallaghers Gastro Pub AT: Gallagher’s Gastro Pub. (021) 2415 635 | www.gallagherspubcork.com

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Restaurants Scoozi’s Restaurant Bang in the middle of town, Scoozi’s welcoming staff serve from 8am till late, dishing up everything from handmade burgers and pizzas, to pasta, steaks, fish and chicken dishes - all cooked with love and care. A family friendly restaurant with a homely yet quirky dècor - Scoozi’s philosophy is to serve inexpensive food without compromising on quality. Chefs start at dawn each day to bake the freshest cakes, scones and pastries as well as strawberry pavlova and yummy cheesecakes. Seating 145, the restaurant is always buzzing with a vibrant atmosphere, and for early riser there’s a big breakfast menu too. MENU: Check out www.scoozis.ie for their extensive breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and kid’s menus! OPEN: Mon-Thurs 8am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10.30pm, Sun 12pm-9pm AT: 2-5 Winthrop Avenue, Cork | +353 (0)21 427 5077 | e: info@scoozis.ie | www.scoozis.ie

14A AT: French Church Street, Cork City. | (021) 427 6457 | www.restaurant14a.ie

Amicus AT: Paul Street, Cork City. | (021) 4276455 | www.amicusrestaurant.ie

Bull McCabe’s Bar and Restaurant AT: Airport Road, Cork. | (021) 432 2142 | www.bullmccabes.ie

Café Paradiso Vegetarian Restaurant AT: 16 Lancaster Quay, Cork City. | (021) 4277939 | www.cafeparadiso.ie

House Café AT: Cork Opera House, Emmet Place, Cork. | (021) 4905277

Strasbourg Goose AT: 17 French Church Street, Cork. | (021) 427 9534

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Hotels Ambassador Hotel For anyone wishing to experience the true essence of the wonderful city of Cork, what better hotel to stay than the elegant Ambassador Hotel & Health Club. the hotel presides with an air of regality from the top of Military Hill in the historic area of St. Luke’s. With a free on site Car Park you are just a 10/15 minute walk from the main attractions of the Choral Festival in City Hall. Along with 70 newly refurbished bedrooms, our facilities include complimentary tea/coffee Making facilities in all guest bedrooms, flat screen TV’s, superior room with private balconies overlooking the city (supplements apply), newly refurbished gym & sauna, free high speed WIFI throughout the hotel, and the beautiful Seasons Bistro AT: Military Hill, Cork. | +353 21 4539 000 | www.ambassadorhotel.ie

Best Western Montenotte Hotel The Best Western Montenotte Hotel enjoys a superb location overlooking Cork city. Unique in so many ways; with extensive free customer parking, minutes’ walk to the city centre and a bright elevated position set in the quiet residential area of Montenotte. The Hotel captures the true essence of Cork city combining a contemporary boutique hotel feel with a charming old world twist. With relaxing surroundings and a warm welcoming atmosphere, Montenotte Hotel is your perfect address when staying in Cork. AT: Middle Glanmire Road, Montenotte, Cork | + 353 21 453 0050 www.themontenottehotel.com

Blarney Resort The 4-star Blarney Hotel Golf and Spa Resort in Cork - a World Class Resort in a world-renowned location, is one of the finest in Ireland. Set amongst 170 acres of the beautiful wooded Shournagh valley, The Hotel boasts a stunning golf and spa resort location close to the historic town of Blarney in Co. Cork. It is surrounded by breath-taking scenery and is rich in folklore, nostalgia and legend. Facilities include: Complimentary car parking; health club facilities with a 20 meter pool & kids pool; sauna; steam room; Jacuzzi; fully equipped gym, Yon-Ka Spa; 18 hole golf course, and Restaurant and Bar. Only a 15 minute drive from Cork City. AT: Tower, Blarney, Co. Cork | +353 (0)21 4384477 | www.theblarneyhotel.ie

Clarion Hotel The Clarion Hotel is Cork’s premier four-star city centre hotel and is superbly located; overlooking Cork’s famous River Lee, and facing the Choral Festival’s main venue, the City Hall. The award winning hotel is also just a 5-minute stroll from shopping, entertainment and the city’s premier business district. Aside from its 198 bedrooms, the Clarion Hotel hosts a Penthouse Suite and meeting rooms as well as the Sanovitae Health & Fitness Club and Essence Spa. The hotel’s dining room serves a delicious full Irish breakfast buffet daily. Guests can also indulge in a full Asian menu in the atmospheric Kudos Bar, or enjoy a superb selection of snacks and coffees in the Atrium Lounge. A real choral-hub, Festival Weekend at the Clarion Hotel boast a range of exciting events, including the popular Afternoons in the Atrium and Festival Club! AT: Lapps Quay, Cork. | +353 21 4224 900 | www.clarionhotelcorkcity.com

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Hotels Gresham Metropole Hotel Located in the heart of Cork City, The Gresham Metropole Hotel (or ‘The Met’ as the locals call the hotel) is a 7 minute walk to City Hall (the main performance venue for the Cork International Choral Festival). In addition to its 112 bedrooms, The Gresham Metropole Hotel facilities include The Leeside Leisure Centre, Riverview Restaurant, bar & lounge and 12 conference rooms. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available to all guests. If required, secure overnight parking is available at a rate of €7.50 per night. AT: MacCurtain St, Cork | +353 21 4643 700 www.gresham-hotels-cork.com

Imperial Hotel Located in the heart of Cork city the Imperial Hotel is the most central Cork hotel. This 4* hotel is located in the business district less than a minutes’ walk to the main shopping district, music and cultural venues. The contemporary luxury of this 4* hotel sits comfortably alongside the charm and opulence of a by-gone age. The Imperial Hotel boasts luxury accommodation offering guests 130 beautifully appointed rooms which are spacious and inviting. So choose the Imperial Hotel for a wonderful Cork getaway. AT: Imperial Hotel, Escape Salon & Spa, South Mall, Cork. www.flynnhotels.com

Jury’s Inn Jurys Inn Cork offers the ideal city location with two shopping centres (Merchants Quay & Paul St Shopping), Cork train station, Cork Opera House and a Leisureplex all easily accessible in under ten minutes by foot! Our hotel sits beside the River Lee and is surrounded by plenty of bars, restaurants and cafés for those wishing to try something different. We have 133 bedrooms in total. More spacious than you’d expect, rooms can accommodate three adults or two adults with two children under twelve, or just one guest. The well-lit, spacious feel is clearly designed around our guests’ comfort. AT: Anderson’s Quay, Cork | + 353 21 494 3000 www.jurysinns.com/hotels/cork

The Kingsley The Kingsley is a luxury 4-star Cork hotel with 131 spacious and modern guest rooms, all with modern, contemporary décor and hints of old-world luxury. On the south side of Cork’s iconic River Lee, many rooms offer stunning views of the river and surrounding area. The Kingsley is just on the doorstep of Cork’s university and in walking distance from the centre of this bustling city, filled with culture. The Kingsley has two unique and inviting restaurants (Fairbanks and The Springboard) and intimate and classic bar (Fishers). The luxury organic Spa at The Kingsley has a world-class Thermal Suite and The Health Club is modern and spacious, with an impressive range of fitness classes and a beautiful and serene pool. AT: Victoria Cross, Cork | + 353 21 4800 500 | www.thekingsley.ie

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Don’t Miss! Festival Club The Festival fun doesn’t stop when the Galas end - it simply moves to the Festival Club at the Clarion! It’s the perfect place to kick back and relax with festival choirs and guests, whether you’re in the mood to sing, dance, drink or mingle your way into the small hours. WHEN: Saturday 2nd May & Sunday 3rd May, 10pm - 2am WHERE: Clarion Hotel

The Big Sing with John O’Brien With the ambition of ensuring everybody gets the opportunity to sing in the Festival, we invite you to come and take part in The Big Sing 2015, the festival’s big and bright participatory singing event. The Big Sing is open to everyone and admission is free. There’s no preparation necessary - just sing from, and for, the heart! WHEN: Saturday 2nd May, 12.15pm WHERE: Cork City Hall

Afternoons in the Atrium Afternoons in the Atrium provides a weekend of energetic and entertaining performances by national and international choirs in the fresh, modern setting of the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay. It’s the perfect setting for families and festival goers who want to relax in the hotel’s bright atrium and experience the festival atmosphere in full flow. WHEN: Saturday 2nd May & Sunday 3rd May, 2pm - 6pm WHERE: Clarion Hotel

Festival Merchandise Looking for a gift to bring home for friends and family or a Festival souvenir just for you? Look no further than the Festival’s merchandise shop, which is located in the foyer of Cork City Hall throughout the Festival. From bags and CDs to torches and t-shirts, our friendly staff will be delighted to help you choose your souvenir of a wonderful Festival week! WHEN: Daily WHERE: Cork City Hall

Festival Food Market During this year’s inaugural Festival Market on Emmet Place expect local street food and plenty of local produce lining the plaza at Emmet Place. Delicious foods from the locality will be on offer along with the usual favourite street food options you find at all Goldiefish Festival Markets. There will be a number of Choral Performances throughout the weekend, check out the website for more details… The Cork International Choral Festival Market is produced by Goldiefish. They gather some of the finest food and craft producers together to showcase exactly what this part of the country is renowned for. WHEN: Saturday 2nd May & Sunday 3rd May WHERE: Emmet Place

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Preview of Our Gala Concert Programme Wednesday 27th April - 1st May 2016 - Opening Gala Concert:

Fleischmann Choir & CIT CSM Symphony Orchestra (Conductor: Conor Palliser) In association with Cork Orchestral Society Music by Finzi, Fleischmann and Ó Riada Cork City Hall, Wednesday 27th April, 2016, 8pm

- The Real Group [Sweden]:

Cork City Hall, Thursday 28th April, 2016, 8pm

- Chamber Choir Ireland

St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Friday 29th April, 2016, 7.30pm

- Evocations - White Raven [Switzerland]

Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne, Friday 29th April, 2016, 10.30pm

- International Fleischmann Gala

Cork City Hall, Saturday 30th April, 2016, 3pm & 8pm

- Closing Gala Concert

Cork City Hall, Sunday 1st May, 2016, 8pm

START PLANNING NOW AND AVAIL OF SPECIAL FESTIVAL PACKAGES! These 5 day packages have been developed in association with some of our key accommodation partners offering the visitor 5 nights’ accommodation, and breakfast each morning, a Festival Ticket which offers access to all of the Choral Festival events over the 5 days of the Festival along with negotiated discounts in a range of partner restaurants. In addition we offer the opportunity to visit a number of tourist attractions around the city and county including Shandon Bells, Blarney Castle and Fota Wildlife Park where you’re sure to make lots of choral memories! The team at Cork International Choral Festival are experienced in delivering these itineraries and will be happy to work with you to ensure that the needs of your tour group can be met and surpassed. Tickets or packages are not yet on sale but can be booked directly and in advance through the office by contacting sinead@corkchoral.ie


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City Hall Clarion Hotel St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cathedral Of St. Mary & St. Anne (NOT SHOWN) Festival Box Office @ Everyman Theatre

Triskel Christchurch CIT Cork School Of Music The Masonic Hall St. Anne’s Church, Shandon St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral (SEE FESTIVAL VENUES) St. James’ Church, Dingle (NOT SHOWN)

BDSM Bar Bodega Bar @ St. Peter’s Market Crane Lane Theatre El Fenix Maynes Pharmacy Wine Bar Mutton Lane Pub Oval Bar Poor Relation Grocery Pub Sin É Pub The Rising Sons Brewery Vicarstown Bar Fionnbarra’s Bar Woodford Bar Franciscan Well Bar & Brewery Gallaghers Bar L’Atitude 51 Wine & Tapas Bar

Ambassador Hotel (NOT SHOWN) Best Western Montenotte (NOT SHOWN) Blarney Hotel & Golf Resort (NOT SHOWN) Clarion Hotel (Festival Hotel) Gresham Metropole Hotel Imperial Hotel Jury’s Inn The Kingsley (NOT SHOWN) Maryborough House Hotel (NOT SHOWN)

1. Cork City Library 2. Crawford Art Gallery 3. Cork Vision Centre 4. Blarney Castle (NOT SHOWN) 5. Glucksman Gallery (NOT SHOWN) 6. AIB Bank 7. Cork Airport (NOT SHOWN) 8. CUH (NOT SHOWN) 9. Blackrock Castle Observatory (NOT SHOWN) 10. Bus Station 11. Kent Train Station 12. Tom Barry’s 13. Brown Thomas

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