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City of Derry Choral Festival
City of Derry Choral Festival

More than 50 choirs come to the city to take part in competitions, concerts, performances and workshops on the weekend before Halloween. The festival is also delighted that world-renowned vocal ensemble Tenebrae will be part of this year’s ambitious programme.

The highlight of the weekend will be the International Competition, to be held on Saturday 28 October in St. Columb’s Hall. Eight choirs, representing eight countries, will compete for the prestigious “Oak Tree of Derry” trophy and a cash prize of £2,000.

Adjudicating the International Competition (and the school and national competitions) will be a panel of distinguished choral directors with a wealth of experience as international jurors. The festival will welcome the return of Josep Vila I Casañas, one of the best-known choral conductors in Catalonia and Spain, who previously adjudicated in the third edition of the festival in 2015.

Accompanying Josep on the adjudication panel will be: Hermia Schlichtmann from Germany (Lecturer in University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt and Conductor of Rhein Cantabile Chamber Choir), Ambrož Copi from Slovenia (Conductor of the Academic Choir of the University of Primorska, winners of the 2014 City of Derry Internatioanl Choir Festival), Orla Flanagan from Ireland (Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College, Dublin and Conductor of Mornington Singers) and Amy Bebbington from England (Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors and Conductor of Dorking Camerata).

Artistic Director of the festival, Dónal Doherty, commented on this year’s line-up saying, “We're delighted to have such a fantastic range and quality of choir coming to participate in this, our fifth festival. It is a real sign that Derry is now recognised internationally as a destination of choral excellence. This is a must-see event for all music lovers, so get the dates in the diaries now & keep an eye out for further exciting news about the Gala Concerts.”

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City of Derry Choral Festival

St. Columb’s Hall Orchard Street
County Lononderry
BT48 6EG
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T: (028) 7136 3672
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