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29.04.2016
President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins to attend the Concert For Peace, Knock Basilica, May 14th.
president.michael.d.higgins.and.his.wife.sabina.web.medMayo International Choral Festival are delighted to announce the attendance of The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins at the Concert For Peace. The unprecedented scale of such a concert in this venue will see close to 200 artists perform on the night, all presented by lauded broadcaster, RTÉ Lyric FM’s Liz Nolan. Conductor extraordinaire David Brophy of RTÉ’s Award Winning High Hopes Choir and Instrumental fame brings his impressive experience to proceedings, conducting this special event.

The concert will commemorate the 1916 rising and World War One and highlights will include Sibéal Ní Chasaide performing the hauntingly beautiful Mise Eire, giving audiences another opportunity to witness this much-heralded Centenary performance. The esteemed RTÉ Concert Orchestra will perform an Elegy Suite for 1916 by internationally distinguished composer Patrick Cassidy. Mayo born Mezzo Soprano Anne Marie Gibbons and Tenor Owen Gilhooly from Limerick will also perform Cassidy’s well-known aria Vida Cor Meum, joined by the 120-strong Peace Choir. This consists of members of the Ballina Chamber Choir, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Dún Laoghaire Choral Society.

Excerpts from Jenkins’ choral sensation, The Armed Man will feature. This is a powerful and compelling phenomenon in contemporary music, which brings the audience on an inspirational journey from the disharmony of conflict to a final message of hope and peace.

The concert is produced in association with the The Western Development Commission and The Mayo Clinic, and will take place at Knock Basilica, County Mayo, May 14th at 8pm.

Tickets In-Person:
Knock Basilica Book Shop
Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport
Gift Centre, Tone St, Ballina

Tickets Online
Eventbrite - A Concert For Peace

02.04.2016
Sibeal to perform at the Concert For Peace
‘Sibeal’ to Perform Mise Eire at Knock Basilica Concert, May 14th
Following her recent haunting and evocative performance during the ‘Centenary’ concert at Easter, as part of the National 1916 commemorations, the organisers of the ‘Concert For Peace’ at Knock Basilica were delighted when it was announced just after the concert that Sibeal Ni Chasaide is to be added to the stellar line up of performers on May 14th. Sibeal will perform, live with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Mise Eire, a new arrangement of Patrick Pearse’s 1912 poem set to music, which was composed by the respected composer Patrick Cassidy, who is related to Sibeal, and who will also attend the concert.
Hailing from the Gaeltacht in Rath Chairn, County Meath, Sibeal, at only 17 years of age, has been since stealing the hearts of the nation with Mise Eire released on the ‘1916: The Irish Rebellion’ soundtrack, and with her countless interviews on Radio and a recent performance on The Late Late Show.

24.01.2016
Liz Nolan, of RTÉ lyric fm will present the Concert For Peace in Knock, May 14th 2016.

footer.concert.for.peace.rte.orchestraThe Mayo International Choral Festival Presents

A Concert For Peace

Commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising

and World War One

featuring

Sir Karl Jenkins’ international choral sensation

The Armed Man  :  A Mass for Peace

Hollywood movie Composer Patrick Cassidy’s Elegy Suite for 1916

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Conductor  :  David Brophy

Mezzo Soprano  :  Anne Marie Gibbons

Tenor : Owen Gilhooly

Ballina Chamber Choir, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Dún Laoghaire Choral Society

Presented by Liz Nolan of RTÉ lyric fm

Saturday 14th May 2016 at 8pm

Knock Basilica 

Doors open 6.45pm, Concert 8pm
Tickets (all reserved seating): €25 and €15*

A feast for the senses awaits. The Mayo International Choral Festival is proud to present this inaugural concert at the newly refurbished Knock Basilica, to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising and World War One.

The concert will also include excerpts from composer Sir Karl Jenkins’ choral sensation The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. This is a powerful and compelling phenomenon in contemporary music which brings the audience on an inspirational journey from the disharmony of conflict to a final message of hope and peace.

In addition, the orchestra will perform an Elegy Suite for 1916 by the distinguished composer Patrick Cassidy, recent recipient of the ‘Creative Talent Award 2015’, at the Richard Harris International Film Festival, together with some of his most acclaimed pieces including his well known aria, Vide Cor Meum.

Born in Mayo, Patrick Cassidy came to prominence with the release of The Children of Lir, the first major symphonic work written in the Irish language, and Famine Remembrance which was commissioned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Great Hunger in Ireland. Currently, Patrick resides in Los Angeles where, in addition to his concert work and compositions, he scores and collaborates on film and documentary projects including Hannibal, Veronica Guerin, Confessions of a Burning Man, Salem’s Lot, King Arthur, Che Guevara, Ashes and Snow, Kingdom of Heaven, The Front Line, L’Aviatore, The Irishman and Calvary.

Mayo born and based, Mezzo Soprano Anne Marie Gibbons appears regularly with both the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. She is a former English National Opera company principal and made her acclaimed Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut earlier this year. Her many international credits include performances in Paris, Adelaide, Lausanne and London.

Limerick born, Tenor Owen Gilhooly’s career has taken him from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to Tokyo’s Symphony Hall, singing a diverse operatic and concert repertoire from Bach to Weir. He has appeared regularly with leading orchestras including at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as at Royal Opera House singing Fauré Requiem for the Royal Ballet.

Widely regarded as the leading Irish Conductor of today, David Brophy’s career has seen him perform worldwide, and he enjoys a close relationship with both the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in addition to frequent appearances as guest Conductor with the Ulster Orchestra. David will be familiar to TV viewers, having fronted both the RTÉ1 award-winning series Instrumental and the High Hopes Choir for Tyrone Productions and RTÉ1 TV.

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra has been introducing orchestral music to new audiences since 1948 and was recently voted World’s Favourite Orchestra in an international poll (Bachtrack.com, 2015). Having shared stages with legends like Pavarotti and Lang Lang, the RTÉ CO has also collaborated with top Irish acts like Altan, Sharon Shannon, Declan O’Rourke and Imelda May. A wide range of film credits includes Brian Byrne’s score to Albert Nobbs (including a song nominated for a Golden Globe), music for Patrick Cassidy’s score to Calvary, Andy O’Callaghan’s score to Mrs Brown’s Boys: D’Movie and Stephen Rennicks’ score to Room. The RTÉ CO has featured as the ‘house orchestra’ on The Late Late Show.

Members of the Ballina Chamber Choir, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Dún Laoghaire Choral Society will come together to form a 120-strong choir to collaborate on this project.

The concert will be produced in association with the The Western Development Commission.

Tickets (all reserved seating): €25 and €15*
*General Adm 2 (€15 ticket): Due to the seating layout and the scale of the performance, a complete view of the concert platform may not be visible to audience members from these seats. Members will however, be able to see and hear the concert sufficiently, ensuring a pleasurable experience of the event.

Tickets In-Person:
Knock Basilica Book Shop
Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport
Gift Centre, Tone St, Ballina

Tickets Online
Eventbrite - A Concert For Peace 

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06.01.2016
Annual General Meeting of Mayo International Choral Festival
Takes place Wednesday 27th January 2016, at Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, Castlebar, Co. Mayo –
all welcome to attend.

06.09.2015
Canadian Orpheus Male Choir in concert in Mayo
Friday 25th September, together with the Mayo Male Voice Choir. 8pm, Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar. See the poster here.

06.09.2015
2016 Syllabus now available to download
contains many answered FAQ’s and competition details – download here

19.08.2016
2016 Entry Form now available (including competition details).
Click here for 2016 Competing Choirs Entry form

Full 2015 programme announced –
Click here to see events, dates and details:
2015.micf.prog.events.2015

14.12.2014
Closing date for choir entry
Please note that the closing date for entry to the festival by International choirs has been extended to 31st Jan 2015, which is the same entry closing date for choirs from Ireland.

19.08.2014
2015 Syllabus and Entry Forms now available.
Click here for 2015 Syllabus download
Click here for 2015 Competing Choirs Entry Form and Rules and Regs
Click here for a preliminary programme of events at the festival in 2015

08.06.2014
Annual General Meeting of Mayo International Choral July 1st, 2014.
8.30pm, Royal Hotel, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. All Welcome!

16.09.2013
Musical Mountaineers Launch 2014 Festival!
Last Saturday saw the Mayo International Choral Festival reach new heights as the 2014 festival was officially launched from the top of Croagh Patrick, one of Ireland’s most well-