Choral Festival to become ‘landmark event’

Over 70 school, local, national and international choirs will take part in competitions, workshops, evening concerts and choral trails when the second City of Derry International Choral Festival takes place next month.

The festival which debuted last year during the City of Culture celebrations has already increased in size - and at the launch of this year’s event on Wednesday it was confirmed that bookings had already been received for next year.

FESTIVAL LAUNCH. . . .Deputy Mayor, Alderman Gary Middleton pictured launching the second City of Derry International Choral Festival at the City Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Included from left are Mark Durkan, MP for Foyle, Fiona Crosbie, Festival manager, Donal Doherty, Artistic Director, Fergal O'Canain, manager, City Hotel, sponsors and Matthew Greenall, Executive Director, Walled City Music. DER3914MC021

FESTIVAL LAUNCH. . . .Deputy Mayor, Alderman Gary Middleton pictured launching the second City of Derry International Choral Festival at the City Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Included from left are Mark Durkan, MP for Foyle, Fiona Crosbie, Festival manager, Donal Doherty, Artistic Director, Fergal O'Canain, manager, City Hotel, sponsors and Matthew Greenall, Executive Director, Walled City Music. DER3914MC021

This year’s festival will take place over five days and will not only encompass national and international competitions and concerts by world renowned choirs but also a choral trail which will bring the city alive with music.

Dónal Doherty, Artistic Director of the festival, said there would be no reason for anyone in the city not to know the festival is happening. Choirs will be performing at key locations in the city and at various churches and places of worship.

“There is a real sense of excitement as we launch the second City of Derry International Choral Festival. Last year, the visiting choirs commented on the warmth of the welcome they received; that is why they are returning in even greater numbers this year.

“Now all we have to do is to sit back and enjoy a quality and variety of choral singing never before experienced in the city,” he said.

The full programme can be accessed at www.codichoral.com