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Local singers ready to delight audiences in St. Columb’s Hall this week

Local singers ready to delight audiences in St. Columb’s Hall this week

The fifth edition of the City of Derry International Choir Festival is about to kick off. The evening entertainment during the five-day event offers something to suit all tastes, with many of our talented local Derry singers playing a prominent role in the concert line-up. An eclectic mix of performers includes Saint Sister, The Festival Chorus, The Real Group and Tenebrae.

An a cappella treat from world-renowned The Real Group kicks things off on Wednesday 25th October at 7.30pm in St. Columb’s Hall. This stunning a cappella group have gained critical acclaim on a global scale. Their exciting fusion of jazz, pop and folk delights audiences around the world and they will perform a selection of pieces that encompass folk music, jazz tunes and old favourites at this year’s Choir Festival.

Fully comprised of Derry singers, the Festival Chorus returns this year, with many of the city’s choirs represented. The Chorus will give a performance of John Rutter’s Gloria in The Guildhall on Thursday 26th October at 7.30pm. Singers have been busy rehearsing over the past few weeks to perform this impressive choral work and the festival is pleased to welcome back the accomplished Catherine Ennis on organ to accompany them, along with an ensemble of local brass and percussion players.

Friday night offers a double delight. Tenebrae will take to the stage in St. Columb’s Hall at 7.30pm with a performance of Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles. They will also perform their newly commissioned choral work by Owain Park, Footsteps, a performance that sees them team up with the Ulster Youth Chamber Choir and Derry’s newly formed Codetta Girls’ Choir.

A change of venue and atmosphere rounds off Friday night’s entertainment with a special performance by Saint Sister. One half of this fresh new duo is Derry-born Gemma Doherty. The band’s music draws from early Celtic harp traditions, ’60’s folk and electronic pop to create “atmosfolk”— a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp. The pair will be performing at 10.30pm in the increasingly popular Glassworks. Watching the band in this gem of a local venue is an opportunity not to be missed.

The festival will close on a high with a spectacular Gala Concert on Sunday at 7.30pm. This concert offers the opportunity to hear each and every one of the festival’s international competitors and will close with the announcement of the winning choir of the 2017 City of Derry International Choir Festival.

Tickets are on sale now for all festival events and can be purchased at the Millennium Forum. For all festival details please visit www.derrychoirfest.com.

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