City of Derry International Choir Festival

City of Derry International Choir Festival

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 (All day) to Sunday, 27 October 2019 (All day)

The seventh edition of the City of Derry International Choir Festival will take place from Wednesday 23 to Sunday 27 October 2019.

First held in 2013, the City of Derry International Choir Festival is now established as a major event in the musical life of Northern Ireland and as the only international choir festival of its kind in the UK, with activities ranging from concerts by world-renowned vocal groups to competitions for choirs, workshops and educational events for singers and conductors, and community concerts and choral trails across Derry and the surrounding area. This year the festival will also run alongside Sing Ireland's conductor study tour to Derry (promoted by Europa Cantat).

The festival welcomes more than 60 choirs each year and recent festivals have welcomed groups from as far afield as Belarus, Colombia and Indonesia. Choirs range from local and school groups to vocal ensembles, adult, community and gospel choirs. Internationally acclaimed professional groups featuring in our guest concerts have included The Sixteen, The King’s Singers, Tenebrae, The Real Group, VOCES8, SLIXS, the Swingle Singers and the Marian Consort.

The impressive panel of adjudicators for 2019 includes some of the most experienced and finest directors currently working with ensembles throughout the choral world. The Chair, Josep Vila i Casañas (Spain), will be joined by Hermia Schlichtmann (Germany), Borbála Szirányi (Hungary), Neil Ferris (England) and Róisín Blunnie (Ireland).

Application deadlines:

International Competition: Friday 26 April 2019
National Competitions (UK & Ireland): Friday 17 May 2019
School Competitions (primary & post-primary): Friday 17 May 2019


2018 Derry Choir Festival Highlights


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