20 - 24 October 2021

Programme of Events

Join us for a programme of both live AND virtual events for our ninth edition, 20 - 24 October 2021!

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Words and Music Symposium

Wednesday 20 October, Online


A live-streamed panel discussion on the theme of words, music and composition, featuring composers and poets from the 2021 programme of festival commissions.

The Voyage

Wednesday 20 October, Millennium Forum, 7.30pm

Featuring local choirs and singers alongside members of the Ulster Orchestra, this concert will include a performance of Bob Chilcott's deeply emotive The Voyage, conducted by the composer. The audience will also enjoy the first ever live performance of a new work by County Antrim composer Elaine Agnew entitled Remarkable, performed by the Arts Care Choir (Armagh), Codetta and Ulster Orchestra. 

Tickets £20/£12 plus booking fees


Primary School Big Sing

Thursday 21 October, Millennium Forum


A celebratory day of singing, to include a workshop led by music education expert Lucinda Geoghegan with fun songs, games and rhymes, and a specially-composed piece for young voices by leading Catalan composer and conductor, Josep Vila i Casañas.

The Road Home

Thursday 21 October, St. Columba's Church Long Tower, 9pm

Featuring award-winning chamber choir Codetta and Derry cellist Kim Vaughan, this concert will feature a stunningly beautiful  programme including Stephen Paulus' The Road Home, and the world premiere of a brand-new festival commission by Irish composer Eoghan Desmond, as part of the Colmcille 1500 celebratory programme. 

Free entry with retiring collection. Pre-registration essential.


Post-Primary School Big Sing

Friday 22 October, Millennium Forum


A Big Sing workshop for post-primary school singers, featuring a newly-composed song for youth choirs by leading Catalan composer and conductor, Josep Vila i Casañas.


Friday 22 October, St. Columb's Cathedral, 7.30pm

Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision and we are thrilled to be welcoming them back to Derry for LIVE performance this October.

Tickets £25/£15 plus booking fees


Oak Tree of Derry Concert

Friday 22 October, Online


A special virtual concert featuring previous winners of the International Competition's Oak Tree of Derry Trophy, including choirs from Estonia, Indonesia, Ireland, Slovenia and Wales.

Let's Just Sing!

Saturday 23 October, Foyle Arena, 4.30pm

Singers of all levels of experience are invited to join us for a Community Sing, led by some of the Festival’s best known community choir leaders, including Siobhan Heaney (Momentum, Pink Ladies, NW Cancer Centre Choir, Song for the Soul and Sing Tonicity). No need to prepare anything, just come along and join in, as we workshop and sing well known songs together, including Stand by Me, Something Inside So Strong and Sing A Song. All welcome!

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Saturday 23 October, Online, 8pm

Grammy Award-winning American a cappella ensemble Chanticleer, described as the “world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, and known across the globe as the “orchestra of voices”, make their debut at the City of Derry International Choir Festival with a bespoke virtual concert.

Tickets £10


Virtual Choral Trail

20 - 24 October, Online


An eclectic mix of choirs from across the globe performing sacred, gospel, pop, jazz and barbershop music throughout festival week.

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Podcast Series

20 - 24 October, Online


A lively series of conversations featuring artists from the 2021 festival programme.

Reawakening Voices Community Programme

20 - 24 October, Live and Online


An exciting programme of live and virtual events featuring local community choirs and singers in venues throughout the city. 

  • Lotter Funded arts council of Northern Ireland
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Inner City Trust
  • arts council of Northern Ireland
  • Northern Ireland Tourist Board
  • Caldwell & Robinson
  • Allstate
  • FinTru
  • Ulster University
  • Sing Ireland
  • Contemporary Music Centre
  • CFN