Launched in 2017, the first Festival saw over 400 competitors from some of the World’s finest choirs come to Cardiff during Easter 2018. Competitors included The KZN Midlands Youth Choir from South Africa, Ukrainian Children Chorus “Pearls of Odessa” and Britain’s Got Talent finalists, Côr Glanaethwy from Wales to name a few.
The 2018 Festival began with an impromptu performance in Cardiff Castle and culminated in a feast of musical treats in and around one of the UK’s top cultural attractions – the Wales Millennium Centre.
With your support, International Choral Festival Wales 2019 will offer a fully-packed schedule of choral events for its visiting choirs including workshops with leading choral conductors and collaborators such as Brit Award and Double-Classic Brit Award-winning Welsh composer, Paul Mealor and Irish choral conductor and international adjudicator, Bernie Sherlock; concerts with acclaimed artists; informal performances at the Welsh Capital’s most popular landmarks (Cardiff Castle, National Assembly of Wales, Mermaid Quay); and last but not least, a chance to compete for the Sir Karl Jenkins Trophy at the Wales Millennium Centre.
Commenting on the Festival, Artistic Director Eilir Owen Griffiths said “The inaugural year was a great success. As a Festival that was created by choristers for choristers, our aim was to provide a first-class Festival full of choral experiences to remember and that’s exactly what we did. Everyone left Cardiff feeling richer than when they arrived. Friendships were formed, songs were sung and history was made." He added: “Planning for the 2019 is underway and I cannot wait to share all the exciting developments with you. With your support it will be even bigger than last year.”
The competitive strand of the 2019 Festival will take place at the Wales Millennium Centre’s Hoddinott Hall and will include five categories: Mixed Choirs; Single Voice Choirs (SSAA/ TTBB); Open Category; Young Voices (under 25’s); Children's Choirs. The climax of the competition will be the Choir of Choirs Competition where the five highest scoring choirs from across all categories will compete for the prestigious Sir Karl Jenkins Trophy. Running alongside the competition will be an exciting mix of concerts, informal performances and social gatherings.
With your support we will be able to improve on a fantastic 2018 International Choral Festival with a festival that Wales can be proud of in 2019.
Diolch yn fawr / Thank you