Image shown: HÚSAKÓRIÐ choir from Copenhagen

The Choral Gathering Trail will have a free choral performance by HÚSAKÓRIÐ choir from Copenhagen at the Cardiac Renal Centre CRC (main atrium) Cork University Hospital (CUH) on Thursday the 29 April at 11.00 am. This event is part of the 61st Cork International Choral Festival and aims to bring the city to life with song!Húsakórið (Denmark) is a choir of Faroe Islanders residing in Copenhagen that was founded in 1971. The choir has an invaluable importance to the local Faroese community and to everyone that appreciates the great Nordic and Faroese music traditions. Capturing in their sound the rough and windy climate of the Faroe Islands, there is a sense of drama in their music, scored with lyrics by the greatest Faroese poets. In 2012 Húsakórið had the honor of performing for the Danish Queen on the 40th anniversary of her coronation. Since January 2012 Húsakórið has been conducted by the talented Ms Tóra Vestergaard. Tóra has a Master degree in music pedagogy and singing. At the moment she is studying classical choir conduction at the University of Southern Denmark.

Húsakórið is the oldest and largest Faroese choir outside the Faroe Islands, and has become an important social institution for Faroese living in the Copenhagen area. Its conductors have been Marianne Clausen (1978-2000), the famous Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen (2000-2001), and Tórður á Brúnni (2001-2012). In 2004, the choir toured the Faroe Islands.

The festival which is now going into its 61st year in Cork is a world class festival celebrating the very best of choral and vocal music. The program includes prestigious international and national competitions, gala and fringe concerts, public performances, and an education program. Some of our staff in CUH is involved in performing in the festival also.

We are delighted that the festival has decided to perform in the hospital again this year. This is a great occasion for the hospital to be part of a celebration such as the prestigious Cork International Choral Festival and I want to outline our gratitude to the Cork Choral Festival for offering a choir to perform at CUH, also to Cork Choral Festival and the Arts Committee of Cork University Hospital, and to all the hospital staff in the various departments who helped organize this event and who will be helping out on the day.

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For further information about this event contact Edelle Nolan on 086-7714617 or 021- 4922055 or email:


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