21 - 25 October 2020

Evening Concerts

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Tickets available from the Millennium Forum Box Office
New Market Street, Derry
Call +44 (0) 2871 264 455
Book online at www.millenniumforum.co.uk
N.B. Booking fees apply


Saturday 19 October
Millennium Forum, 7.30pm


Featuring Ulster Orchestra, Codetta, Codetta Youth Choir, North Belfast Youth Choir, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana and Ulster University Chamber Choir

The award-winning Dumbworld, in collaboration with the Ulster Orchestra and the City of Derry International Choir Festival, has teamed up with 200 young people from Northern Ireland to create a large-scale work that is a provocative and urgent response to the world of 2019.

A passionate study of gender, politics and mental health… Fortnite, zoos and human rights… new words for the Oxford English Dictionary and the orangeness of Trump… expect visceral, exhilarating music, singing and film from this inspiring, You Tubing, Instagramming, social media-savvy, Post-Millennial generation.

Tickets £12/£6 (booking fee £1.50)

Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man

Wednesday 23 October
Guildhall, 7.30pm


Featuring Festival Chorus and Ulster Orchestra, conductor Neil Ferris

Karl Jenkins’ large scale oratorio, written in 2000 reflects on the passing of ‘the most war-torn and destructive century in human history’ and looks forward in hope to a more peaceful future. With lyrics and music drawn from diverse religions and cultures, this mass for our time has proved one of the most popular and frequently performed classical works of recent years.

Tickets £25/£15 (booking fee £1)

The Gesualdo Six

Thursday 24 October
Christ Church, 7.30pm


The Wishing Tree featuring The Gesualdo Six, director Owain Park

Formed in 2014, the male vocal consort Gesualdo Six is among the brightest new groups to emerge from the UK choral scene. Their diverse programme ranges over 800 years, from the roots of choral singing to the flowering of a tradition, including works by Palestrina, Carlo Gesualdo, Thomas Tallis, Arvo Pärt and Sarah Rimkus.

“Weavers of rich and plangent aural tapestries, The Gesualdo Six meld style and substance with beguiling sure-footedness.” – BBC Music Magazine

Tickets £15/£10 (booking fee £1)

Bruckner Mass in E Minor

Thursday 24 October
St. Eugene’s Cathedral, 10pm


Featuring Codetta, Tequila Opera Chorus and Ulster Orchestra, conductor Dónal Doherty

Bruckner’s second liturgical mass is a unique and inspirational achievement, juxtaposing music of intense inwardness with moments of great drama and spiritual exaltation. Performed by the joint forces of Codetta, the Tequila Opera Choir from Mexico and Ulster Orchestra, this will be the Festival’s first concert in the spacious acoustic of Derry’s St Eugene’s Cathedral.

Retiring collection on the door.


Friday 25 October
St. Columb’s Hall, 7.30pm


Acclaimed German vocal ensemble SLIXS turn a cappella listening habits on their head and return to the festival with a powerful and daring mixture of Jazz, Pop and Funk, Classical and World Music.

These six multitalented voices have rocked audiences at concerts across Europe and Asia and their artistic audacity has been honoured with some of the world’s highest awards for vocal art.

Their extensive international acclaim makes this sextet currently one of the best vocal ensembles in the world today.

Tickets £20/£12 (booking fee £1)

International Competition

Saturday 26 October
St. Columb’s Hall, 7.30pm

Italian Choir

The highlight event of the festival sees eight top-quality international choirs from Brazil, Italy, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, England, Ireland and Wales compete to be crowned winner of the prestigious 2019 International Competition.

Tickets £12/£6 (booking fee £1)

Closing Gala Concert & Awards

Sunday 27 October
St. Columb’s Hall, 7.30pm

Cor CF1

This celebratory concert brings the seventh festival to a close with performances from each of the international competitors and the announcement of the top prize of the festival – winners of the International Competition.

Tickets £12/£6 (booking fee £1)

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  • Contemporary Music Centre
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