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YOUTH CHOIR FESTIVAL PARTNERSHIP - EUROPE 2018

Many voices, two countries, two festivals, one vision
Cork, Ireland and Neerpelt, Belgium

For over 60 years two highly regarded European choral festivals, Cork International Choral Festival (Ireland), and European Music Festival for Young People Neerpelt (Belgium) have presented festivals of the highest standing both welcoming choirs from all over the world. Their long-standing qualitative reputation results in an international recognition, excellent standards and qualities, special atmospheres and a large audience base. Each festival has its own distinct ambience and vision, its own way of presenting and judging performances and its own rules and regulations. However, both are joined in their common goal of choir singing as a positive musical and artistic activity open to all singers up to the age of 28. All visiting choirs are offered a variety of performing opportunities in a range of qualitative venues and attended by international audiences.

In 2018 both festivals occur over two successive weekends, EMJ commencing Friday 27 April and concluding on the evening of Tuesday 01 May and CICF commencing Wednesday 02 May and concluding on Sunday 06 May, which means choirs will be able to attend both. They’ll even be able to further enhance their participation and visit various European cities. All applicant choirs will have to comply with both festival’s Entry Requirements and the travel arrangements to each festival will be the direct responsibility of each choir to undertake. So if you are a Children or Youth Choir, crazy for choral and considering an extended visit to Europe in 2018, then the Youth Choir Festival Partnership – Europe 2018 between Cork International Choral Festival (Ireland) and European Music Festival for Young People Neerpelt (Belgium) is one to be considered.

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International applications are now open for the 66th European Music Festival for Young People in Neerpelt (EMJ) which will take place from 27 April – 02 May 2018 and which includes a special joint collaboration with the Cork International Choral Festival. For this wonderful collaboration, we invite youth choirs to take part in a tour between Cork, Ireland and Neerpelt, Belgium to experience the fantastic offerings of these longstanding and prestigious Festivals.

Preceding the Cork Festival, 02 – 06 May 2018, Neerpelt will welcome about one hundred amateur choirs from around the world for 6 wonderful days of choral music, all bringing Neerpelt to life. So are you looking for an unforgettable international experience, full of spectacle and exceptional highlights, the EMJ’s festival will be the place to be. Its program will be filled with jury concerts evaluated by a professional international jury, choral concerts, professionally guided workshops and master classes and other exceptional musical highlights. All these musical experiences will be complemented with a range of additional activities including lots of fraternization opportunities, proclamations, parades, Meets and Greets and parties, allowing participants to get to know each other, to mingle and to meet in a joyful and social setting.

During our festival there will be a special activity as 2018 is an important year in the world's history. It will be the year in which the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War will be celebrated.  All Choirs that participate at both festivals will be able to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience by participating on Monday April 30 2018 at the World War I renowned memorial service “Last Post” in the Belgian city of Ypres, joining one large choir and performing a beforehand selected unique master piece. Youngsters of today will be able to experience in person how singing can unite and soothe, can join and rejoice, can stimulate and fascinate. In short, an unforgettable experience.

Closing date for this European Music Festival for Young People’s entries is 30th October 2017.

Join us in Neerpelt for the 66th edition of one of Europe's Premier Choral Festivals.

Click here to download our updated regulations for the 2018 Festival and to find all information on both EMJ 2018 and EMJ in general. 

 

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International applications are now open for the 64th Cork International Choral Festival, we invite youth choirs to take part in a tour between Neerpelt, Belgium and Cork to experience the fantastic offerings of these longstanding and prestigious Festivals. Following EMJ Festival, Neerpelt 27 April - 02 May 2018, Cork City and County will welcome some of the finest amateur Competitive and Non-Competitive choirs from around the world for 5 wonderful days of choral concerts, national and international competition, and internationally renowned performers as thousands of participants bring Cork to life. Each year some of the finest amateur, youth choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs will also be scheduled for a range of additional festival activities throughout the week including fringe concerts, church and informal performances. A Meet and Greet session and a nightly Festival Club is organised to allow participants to get to know each other and to meet in a convivial social setting.

Closing date for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition is 31st October 2017.

The Festival has always featured choirs from around the world on a non-competitive basis. Selected Non-Competitive choirs are given the opportunity to present informal performances in various locations across Cork city and county, to see some of Ireland’s beautiful countryside, to meet with other choirs, attend Festival events, sing, mingle and soak up the festival atmosphere….

Closing date for Non-Competitive entries is 30th November 2017.

Join us in Cork for one of Europe's Premier Choral Festivals and experience the very best of:

Superb Gala Concerts
Fringe Concerts
The Fleischmann International Trophy Competition
Choral Gatherings
A Sacred Trail
A Choral Symposium
Workshops
Masterclasses
Meet & Greets

And much, much more!

Cork International Choral Festival - Bringing a city to life with song since 1954!

Click here to download the international Syllabus and the application forms for both Competitive and Non-Competitive participation. For further information see www.corkchoral.ie orcontact Festival HQ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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This choral event is a cooperation between following partners:

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