International Choir Festival Tallinn, Estonia 23rd-26th April 2015

The 14th International Choir Festival, organised by Estonian Choral Association of Estonia, takes place in the capital of Estonia in April 23 – 26, 2015. The biennial festival is well-known for its high competitive standards and smooth organisation. The contest is held in the following categories : mixed choirs, chamber choirs, female choirs, male choirs, children’s choirs, youth choirs, early music (until Baroque Period), folk music and contemporary music (composed after 1980). In addition to the choral contest the participants can give a concert in churches, schools or other concert places of the picturesque old Tallinn and attend a merry afterparty of the festival. The artistic director of the Festival is conductor Heli Jürgenson. He is the concert master of Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and chief conductor of Mixed Choir of Estonia Society. Competition is judged by an international jury of five members, who all are professional musicians. The best choirs in every category will get monetary prizes, prize fund is 19 000 Euro. The aim of Tallinn Choral Festival is to mediate the high level choral music, sang by powerful and high-level choirs from Estonia and all over the world to its the audience. The tradition of Tallinn Choir festivals, that started in 1972 helps to keep the standard of the local choirs high and the possibility to compete with the world choirs at home in front of a very qualified and demanding jury gives a great impulse for their development.    more...

 

Cork International Choral Festival, Ireland 29th April – 3rd May 2015

This year from 29th April –3rd May 2015 Cork, Ireland will celebrate the 61st Cork International Choral Festival. Choirs from across the globe will be welcomed for an extra exciting programme of Gala Concerts, National and International competitions, fringe concerts and internationally renowned performances as some 5,000 participants bring the city to life for five days of wonderful choral music. The Cork International Choral Festival was founded in 1954 to be a dynamic force in developing choral music in Ireland. The Festival takes place in venues across the city and county, including Cork’s City Hall, one of the most attractive and acoustically superb venues in Ireland. One of Europe’s premier international choral festivals, it is noted for its diverse programme, high competitive standards, excellent organisation, and the friendliness of its welcome. Each year some of the finest amateur international choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs will also be scheduled for a range of additional festival activities throughout the week including fringe concerts, church and informal performances. A Meet and Greet session and a nightly Festival Club is organised to allow participants to get to know each other and to meet in a convivial social setting. Each year choirs from around the world are also selected to participate in the Non- Competitive strand of the Festival. This gives choirs the opportunity to experience some of the world’s best choral music, present informal performances in various city and county locations, while having the possibility to meet with other choirs, explore the vibrant city of Cork and its surrounds on Ireland’s beautiful south coast and soak up the festival atmosphere here in Cork.    more...