City of Derry International Choral Festival

Vocal ensembles from near and far come together in harmony for another programme of concerts, competitions and more

Festival Details


Wednesday, 21 October 2015 to Sunday, 25 October 2015



Created as a joyous celebration of choral music-making, the City of Derry International Choral Festival provides opportunities for competitive and non-competitive participation for singers across a wide range of styles, ensembles and ages. School, local, national and international choirs are invited to take part in a five-day festival of competitions, concerts, pop-up performances and educational workshops.

Over 100 choirs (featuring 4,000 plus singers) from Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia, Ireland and the UK took part in the first two editions of the City of Derry International Choral Festival in October 2013 and October 2014.

The main venue for concerts, competitions and workshops is St. Columb’s Hall, and the festival’s Choral Trails, Sacred Trail and Community Concerts have brought visiting choirs to more than 25 city locations for pop-up performances, concerts and Sunday church services.

The provisional timetable for the 2015 festival is as follows:

Wednesday October 21 

Sing Joyfully! International Choral Symposium, led by Bob Chilcott

An Evening with The King’s Singers

Thursday October 22 

Primary school competitions and workshops

Concert to be announced soon

Friday October 23 

Post-primary school competitions and workshops

Concert with Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir and Codetta Chamber Choir

Saturday October 24 

National competitions for Female Voice, Male Voice, Mixed Voice and Gospel (morning and afternoon)

International Competition (evening)

Sunday October 25

Sacred Trail (morning) National competitions for Sacred Music, Vocal Ensemble and Youth choirs (afternoon)

Closing Gala Concert with awards ceremony (evening)