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Calling all singers to join the 2019 City of Derry International Choir Festival Chorus

Calling all singers to join the 2019 City of Derry International Choir Festival Chorus

The City of Derry International Choir Festival is back this October, from 23-27, with a stellar line-up of guest artists and participating choirs for a jam-packed 5-day festival.

Opening the seventh edition of the festival will be the 2019 Festival Chorus and Ulster Orchestra who will join forces for a performance of one of the most popular and frequently performed classical works of recent years, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man. The Festival Chorus is open to all singers and organisers have put out a call to anyone who would like to join the ensemble for what is sure to be a memorable opening gala concert on Wednesday 23 October in the stunning surroundings of the Guildhall.

In addition to the Opening Gala, this year’s programme of concerts includes one of the best vocal ensembles on the world’s a cappella stage today, SLIXS, who return to the festival for an evening of Jazz, Pop and Funk on Friday 25 October in St. Columb’s Hall. Also, young male vocal consort, The Gesualdo Six, will present a diverse programme spanning 800 years of choral music including Palestrina, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt in the beautiful setting of Christ Church on Thursday 24 October. Following their concert, audiences will be treated to a late-night performance of Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor by Codetta, Tequila Opera Chorus (Mexico) and Ulster Orchestra in St Eugene’s Cathedral.
Preceding the opening night, the festival is also delighted to partner with Belfast-based award-winning production company Dumbworld, the Ulster Orchestra and 200 young voices from Derry, Belfast and Donegal for a performance of Anticlockwise on Saturday 19 October in the Millennium Forum. This new, large-scale work is a provocative and urgent response to the world of 2019 with exhilarating music, singing and film from this inspiring, YouTubing, Instagramming, social media-savvy, Post-Millennial generation.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said, “The City of Derry International Choir Festival has an international reputation as a major celebration of the choral tradition. This year sees yet another truly impressive programme featuring world-class choirs alongside local and national choirs and a stunning new work from the award-winning production company, Dumbworld. The festival continues to achieve excellent artistic profile, create significant benefits to the local economy, engage the communities of Derry-Londonderry and put Northern Ireland on the map for all the right reasons.”

Tickets for all festival events are now on sale from the Millennium Forum Box office. For further information and updates visit www.derrychoirfest.com.

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