Derry Choral Festival comes to close

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 26th October  2015.''City of Derry International Choral Festival 2015.''Saint Nicholas Choir, Litiija, Slovenia, winners of the International competition.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 26th October 2015.''City of Derry International Choral Festival 2015.''Saint Nicholas Choir, Litiija, Slovenia, winners of the International competition.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

The 2015 City of Derry International Choral Festival came to a close in St. Columb’s Hall on Sunday evening.

This year’s festival saw choirs from as far away as Slovenia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The St. Nicholas Choir Litija from Slovenia won the International Competition with a score of 91.25 per cent; Voci Nuove from Ireland finished in second with a score of 90.8 per cent and Salutaris Chamber Choir from Belarus came third with a score of 90 per cent.

This year’s festival was attended by thousands of people and it ran from October 21 to 25.

“We were absolutely thrilled with how this year’s international choral festival went,” said Public Relations Officer, Helen O’Hare.

“We had virtually people from every walk of life at and taking part in this year’s festival.

“From the smiles on the faces of children to older people enjoying themselves this year’s City of Derry International Choral Festival was out of this world.

“Created as a joyous celebration of choral music-making, the festival provides opportunities for competitive and non-competitive participation for singers across a wide range of styles, ensembles and ages.

“School, national and international choirs are invited to take part in a range of competitions across the five-day festival including Unison, Partsong, Equal Voice, Mixed Voice, Youth, Sacred, Gospel and Barbershop categories.

“Aside from the competitive focus, the City of Derry comes alive with a celebration of everything choral music has to offer,” she said.