20 - 24 October 2021
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World-class line-up of events announced for City of Derry International Choir Festival

The City of Derry International Choir Festival has announced the full programme of exciting and world-class events for its virtual festival, due to take place this October, 21-25.

Available to view on Facebook, YouTube and the festival’s own website, audiences will be treated to exclusive concerts by guest artists Tenebrae and Ardú, a global virtual choir performance of Danny Boy and a local schools rendition of Amazing Grace. Choirs from around the world will feature in video performances of popular, jazz, gospel and sacred music and viewers will enjoy a mini-series of never-before-seen festival footage from previous years. The festival will also present a world premiere of brand new music by creative production company Dumbworld, composed especially for its 2020 edition.

Announced this week, festival organisers will host two interactive online workshops, taking place during festival week. Nigel Short, director of Tenebrae, will present an opportunity for singers to work on two magnificent choral works alongside members of the world-renowned ensemble, exploring some of the secrets that lie behind the unique Tenebrae sound. Lucinda Geoghegan, one of the foremost music educationalists, invites primary school teachers to enjoy a workshop exploring activities and practical ideas for the building blocks of musical learning in the classroom during these challenging times.

Furthermore, the festival has announced a five-part podcast series, featuring special guests, available to listen to on all standard podcast apps. These include interviews with renowned choral directors Ragnar Rasmussen (Norway), Josep Vila I Casañas (Catalonia), local community choir director Siobhan Heaney (Derry), as well as episodes from Ireland’s national organisation for choirs, Sing Ireland, and the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin.

The festival’s Sing Joyfully Symposium returns with a panel discussion exploring how singers and the choral world are coping with the current circumstances of Covid-19. The panel, with participants drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds including early years to third level education, singers, choral leaders, festival directors and medical practitioners, will discuss the implications of current guidelines in relation to Covid-19 and share their experiences of the many creative ways they have ensured that we can all continue to sing joyfully.

Festival Director Dónal Doherty says, “Music and singing is very much part of the human spirit. It affects our lives in so many ways and our challenge is to continue the singing during these very difficult times. With that in mind, we’ve put together a programme of events that we think is a real celebration of hope, looking to the future through song. Tune in, join in, sing along from 21-25 October. We look forward to singing along with you.”

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Funders
  • Lotter Funded arts council of Northern Ireland
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Inner City Trust
  • arts council of Northern Ireland
Sponsors
  • Caldwell & Robinson
  • Allstate
  • FinTru
Partners
  • Ulster University
  • Sing Ireland
  • Contemporary Music Centre
  • CFN