Indonesian Student Choir Crowned International Choir of the Year as City of Derry International Choral Festival Exceeds All Expectations!
Posted on 26 October 2016
Over five song-filled days, Europe’s fastest growing Choral Festival hosted over 2,000 talented singers from around the world and welcomed over 10,000 music loving visitors to the city.
One of the festival highlights came on Sunday evening in St Columb’s Hall when a very excited and emotional Agria Swara choral group emerged as overall winners of the popular International Competition. The Indonesian choir, made up students of Bogor Agricultural University, edged out on top, narrowly beating the Chamber Choir of Mannheim University of Music, Germany, closely followed by Ireland’s Mornington Singers.
The festival launched with a sell-out Opening Gala Concert in The Guildhall, officially opened by the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, followed by special guest performances from one of the world’s most celebrated female organists, Catherine Ennis, and singing from choral group Codetta, led by Festival Founder & Artistic Director, Donal Doherty.
As well as world-famous choral groups The Sixteen and SLIXS performing at evening concerts in St. Columb’s Hall, the festival also focused on emerging vocal talent with the primary & post-primary competitions. The primary unison competition was won by Holy Family Primary School, Omagh and the primary partsong competition resulted in joint place winners, with St. Lawrence’s Primary School, Fintona and Holy Family Primary School, Omagh sharing the glory. First place in the post-primary unison/2-part went to St Cecilia’s College, Derry while the 3/4-part competition was won by Loreto Grammar School, Omagh and Our Lady and St. Patrick’s College, Belfast.
The Lynn Singers from Mullingar made it a double celebration over the weekend, with the talented all-female choir taking first place in the youth choir competition and the national sacred music competition. The Cordettes from Derry won the national vocal ensemble competition and the winner of the national mixed voice competition was UCC Singers, Cork.
Created as a joyous celebration of choral music-making in Derry~Londonderry, this year’s significant international presence and substantial visitor numbers have now firmly established the City of Derry International Choral Festival as a key fixture on the international choral calendar.