Derry choral festival set to be best ever

Members of City of Derry Youth Choir who will perform at the City of Derry International Choral Festival next month. From left are Caoimhe Armstrong, Hayley McGivern, Nicole McClintock and Laura McNutt.

Photo: Lorcan Doherty Photography.

Members of City of Derry Youth Choir who will perform at the City of Derry International Choral Festival next month. From left are Caoimhe Armstrong, Hayley McGivern, Nicole McClintock and Laura McNutt. Photo: Lorcan Doherty Photography.

One of Europe’s fastest growing choral festivals will take place in Derry next month.

The City of Derry International Choral Festival will host six international choirs and more than 50 school and national choirs as well as unmissable performances from world-famous groups such as The Sixteen from October 19 to 23.

From choral enthusiasts to simply just music lovers, there really is something for everyone to enjoy in this year’s busy schedule.

The highlight of the weekend will be the international competition, to be held on Saturday, October 22, in St. Columb’s Hall.

Six choirs from six countries - Indonesia, Poland, Britain, Germany, Ireland and Hungary - will compete for the prestigious “Oak Tree of Derry” trophy and substantial cash prizes.

Dónal Doherty, Artistic Director of the Festival, speaking at this week’s official launch, said: “The festival is already becoming a significant event in the international choral calendar and this year’s outstanding choirs and adjudicators will raise its profile to an even higher level.

“We are delighted to announce an exciting and entertaining programme and I really believe there is something there for everyone to enjoy, whether you buy a ticket for one of the headline acts or just discover our visiting choirs on the Choral Trail across the city. It promises to be an inspirational five days of singing and a week not to be missed.”

For full event listings see www.codichoral.com.

Tickets are available from the Millennium Forum, Newmarket Street, Derry, BT48 6EB. Tel: 0 2871 264455 or book online at www.millenniumforum.co.uk (booking fee of £1 applies per ticket).