CORK International Choral Festival will bring the city, and county, to life with song this May when almost 5,000 singers and 50,000 visitors arrive from all over the world for five days of choral music, international trophy competitions and non-competitive gala performances under the guidance of new festival manager, Elaine FitzGerald.
Elaine, who spent the last 14 years as sponsorship and promotions manager with Cork’s 96FM and C103, said she was ‘thrilled to have been appointed to such a prestigious, interesting and challenging role’ with the globally renowned Choral Festival, which takes place in her home town from May 1st – 5th.
The festival, which is the oldest in Cork and one of Europe’s most prestigious choral events, takes place in more than 90 venues across the the city.
Selected Irish and international choirs will participate in a wide range of festival events including national and international trophy competitions, fringe concerts and informal public performances, which will see choirs popping up in new and unexpected locations during the five festival days.
A highlight will be the annual Big Sing at City Hall on May 4th which encourages everyone to try singing and is open to all ages and levels of experience. Last year’s event formed the largest choir of the festival, attracting 600 singers and the new festival manager hopes to top that figure this year.