The City of Derry International Choir Festival got a digital make-over for its 2020 edition and presented an exciting and diverse programme of online concerts, performances, workshops and podcasts from 21 - 25 October.
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The 2020 festival opened with the young voices of school children from Derry, Strabane, Omagh and Donegal performing a virtual rendition of the powerful and stirring Amazing Grace.
A World Premiere performance of brand new music by Northern Ireland composer Brian Irvine and writer/filmmaker John McIlduff from award-winning production company Dumbworld. Featuring Derry chamber choir Codetta and the Beckmann Foundation Singers, Mexico.
Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision. An audience of 1000 joined us online for this very special concert recorded live and exclusively for the City of Derry International Choir Festival in St Stephen Walbrook Church, London.
This event was for a limited audience only and is no longer available to view.
Ireland’s premier a cappella vocal band, the award-winning Ardú, specialise in arranging well-known popular music for six singers, creating funky beats, rhythms, melody and harmony with only their voices. You can watch their exclusive concert recorded live from The Glassworks, Derry here.
A global virtual choir performance of the iconic and much-loved Danny Boy, conducted by world-famous choral director and composer Bob Chilcott. Performed by 200 singers from across the world, this event closed the 2020 Festival on Sunday 25 October.
A series of video performances from choirs across the globe, performing a wide range of musical styles including sacred, popular, jazz and gospel music.
In September 2020, world-renowned composer and conductor Bob Chilcott led a Zoom rehearsal for the singers taking part in the festival's closing night performance of Danny Boy by a global virtual Festival Chorus. Here's a sneak peek at how they got on.
Nigel Short, director of Tenebrae, and one of the world’s most respected choral directors, led a webinar workshop for 120 singers. Participants had the opportunity to work on two magnificent choral works – My soul, there is a country from Songs of Farewell by Hubert Parry, and the exquisite Versa est in luctum, by Alonso Lobo.
Kodály expert Lucinda Geoghegan led a webinar workshop focusing on delivery of the music curriculum in primary schools under the current Covid restrictions. More than 80 teachers joined Lucinda for a brilliant session entitled 'You Can't Stop the Music' and received tips and ideas for non-contact games and rhymes to bring back to their classrooms.
The Sing Joyfully Symposium panel discussion welcomed special guests from a wide variety of backgrounds including education, singers, choral leaders, festival directors and medical practitioners. The panel discussed the implications of current guidelines in relation to Covid-19 and shared their experiences of the many creative ways they have continued to Sing Joyfully!
A five-part podcast series featuring special guests, including renowned choral directors Ragnar Rasmussen (Norway) and Josep Vila i Casañas (Catalonia), local community choir director Siobhan Heaney, and contributions from Sing Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre.
An exclusive mini-series featuring brand new festival footage through the years. Relive highlights from guest artists, international choirs, youth and community singing, from the inaugural festival in the 2013 City of Culture year, to the seventh edition in 2019.