CIT CSM Cappella Lyrica win at Limerick Church Music Festival

01 March, 2016



The 11th Limerick Church Music Festival, which took place on the 26th and 27th February saw participation from choirs representing the extent choral activity at school, community and competitive level in the country. Established initially to promote plain chant, the festival now provides a platform for church choirs and also for the performance of sacred music.

Cappella Lyrica's first entry to the competitions yielded a first prize in the Sacred Music Category, second in the Early Music Competition and the coveted Dr Patrick Mc Cormack trophy for an a cappella performance. The adjudicators for the festival were Dr Ite O'Donovan, esteemed director of the Lassus Scholars andPiccolo Lasso and formerly of the Palestrina choir, and Dr Paul McKeever, organist and choral director at the University of Limerick.

Cappella Lyrica is a female-voice choir comprised exclusively of students from the BMus Programme at the CIT Cork School of Music.
The choir was formed in 2011 and regularly present first-performances of compositions by CIT staff and students, in addition to mainstream choral repertoire as well as a performance of the Nightingale and the Rose by Siobhan Lamb with the CSM Jazz Big Band at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

The choir has achieved significant successes in the Cork International Choral Festival where they won 1st prize in the National Competitions in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Cappella Lyrica’s conductor, Maria Judge is Head of Musicianship and Academic Studies at the CIT Cork School of Music.



Cappella Lyrica is an equal-voice choir whose membership is comprised of students of the BMus programme at the CIT Cork School of Music under the directorship of Maria Judge. Its repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary works.

Cappella Lyrica sang in public for the first time in early 2011 participating in the first performance of Britten’s St Nicholas Cantat. In December 2011, Cappella Lyrica performed  Britten’s Ceremony of Carol with Harpist Cliona Doris. On their first competitive participation at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2012 the choir was awarded 1st Prize in the Premier National Competition for Female Voice Choirs. In 2013 it was awarded 2nd Prize in the Ireland’s Choir of the Year Competition and Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Ui Laoghaire for the performance of a work in the Irish Langauage.

The choir has established a relationship with new music in the commissioning of composer, David Wallace, a former graduate and Composer-in-Residence to the CIT Cork School of Music, to write a work for Equal Voice Choir and two Horns. The work entitled “Impressions of Light” set to a text by Walt Whitman was performed for the first time in January 2013.

In January 2014, Cappella Lyrica gave the first performance of Five New Love Songs for Seraphim by C.S.L Parker with Harpist, Aisling Ennis.

You can see and hear them performing that work on YouTube:




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