Mark Chambers, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha and Shane Barriscale from Chamber Choir Ireland will who perform during this year’s Cork International Choral Festival. Photos: Gerard McCarthy

Choral festival is hitting the high notes

Music is in the air this week as the world-renowned Cork International Choral Festival continues.

The festival which normally attracts 5,000 singers and 50,000 visitors from all over the world to Cork city and county began last night, Wednesday, and continues online until Sunday.

Today, 29 April, will see a specially produced documentary film about Ireland’s best known and most diverse choral ensemble, Anúna, made by their founder, director and composer Michael McGlynn.

Featuring a programme of Anúna repertoire, the film tells the story of the group’s long association with the choral festival through interviews and a selection of live material, some of which has never been seen publicly before.

Tomorrow Chamber Choir Ireland, the festival’s choir in residence, will perform from Cork’s St Fin Barre’s Cathedral and Saturday night will see one of Ireland’s most acclaimed vocal ensembles, Resurgam, also singing in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, performing an array of early choral music.

Sunday night’s closing gala concert promises an exciting performance from Berlin based a capella group Onair, who were scheduled to play as part of the cancelled 2020 festival, taking to the stage.

The festival’s four gala concerts will be preceded by a discussion with the performers, giving the audience an added insight into the programme

Peter Stobart, Artistic Director of the Cork International Choral Festival said: “We hope that this year’s Cork International Choral Festival has something for everyone and that as many people as possible will engage with what we have to offer and support the festival at a time when the arts and singing particularly are affected so gravely.

“We genuinely appreciate the support of our funders, the Arts Council, Cork City Council, Cork County Council & Fáilte Ireland and all our sponsors and partners, without whom we would not be able to deliver this unique festival of song and we look forward to being back in person in 2022.”

For more information or to book tickets see or follow #CorkChoral.

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