Tuesday 13 October 2020

The City of Derry International Choir Festival

The City of Derry International Choir Festival
The City of Derry International Choir Festival has been part of Northern Ireland's musical life since 2013,  with its combination of participatory events for choirs of all ages and abilities and wide range of guest artists. This year, the festival will be somewhat different as from 21 to 25 October 2020, it all takes place online.

Belfast's composer laureate, Brian Irvine, has written a new piece specially for the festival A new topography of love which will be performed by the Derry-based chamber choir Codetta and the Beckmann Foundation Choir from Tequila, Mexico, accompanied by an animation. There will be concerts from the chamber choir Tenebrae (in Allegri, Bach, Lassus and Reger), and Irish six-piece a cappella group Ardú. And there will be a series of video performances from choirs from all over the globe.

Bob Chilcott will direct a 350-strong virtual chorus made from singers all over the globe, and on the opening night young pupils from post-primary schools across Derry, Strabane, Omagh and Donegal will join forces for a virtual school choir. 

Other on-line treats include interviews with special festival guests including renowned choral conductors Ragnar Rasmussen and Josep Vila i Casañas, extracts from archives of previous festivals, and a livestreamed symposium called Sing Joyfully, where 6 panellists and leaders in music will come together for an inspiring conversation on how music-makers can move forward and adapt their work to suit our extraordinary times.

Full details from the festival website.

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