The Cork International Choral Festival has a long-standing commitment to foster awareness and appreciation of new choral music. With this in mind a seminar was initiated in 1962 as part of the Festival programme by the late Aloys Fleischmann, Professor of Music at University College Cork, as being central to this purpose. The Festival presents the 47th edition of the Seminar on New Choral Music as a joint collaboration with Chamber Choir Ireland, our choir in residence. To date, 148 works from 125 Irish and international composers have been commissioned.
The Seminar on New Choral Music maintains its initial purpose of commissioning new works to provide a platform for, and to encourage the composition, and performance of new choral music in Ireland, and to support their inclusion, and that of other new music, onto the regular repertoire of Irish choirs.
This year will see two new works featured, and given their world premieres in Cork;
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by composer Ian Wilson and Mother Goose’s Melodies by the winner of this year’s Seán Ó Riada Competition, Eoghan Desmond.