In a packed City Hall at the close of the 63rd Cork International Choral Festival on 30th April 2017, the audience roared their approval as Codetta from Derry were announced as winners of the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy, the premier award of the festival. In addition, the choir was also awarded a special prize for a performance of a piece by the German composer Schütz as part of their competition programme.
This was the choir’s fourth visit to the festival, recognised internationally as one of the foremost choral festivals in Europe. Codetta were representing Ireland, along with Laetare from Dublin, in a line-up that included choirs from England, Wales, Finland, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Sweden, Spain, Japan and Canada… and Derry won!
In awarding Codetta an outstanding mark of 91.25%, the team of five international adjudicators from Germany, Norway, Hungary, Ireland and England commented on the choir’s beautiful sound, and outstanding interpretation of a challenging and exciting programme.
Amid all the euphoria of this remarkable victory, Codetta’s conductor, Dónal Doherty commented: ‘I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved for Derry and the North West. This win confirms the growing reputation of Codetta as a choral force on the European stage and Derry as a place of choral excellence. It further enhances the significance of the City of Derry International Choir Festival, which is organised by Codetta and a small army of volunteers. This win will serve as a calling card in our efforts to attract the best choirs from all over the world to visit Derry and the wider region. I wish to congratulate all the members of the choir on this success, and to thank both them and their families for the extraordinary commitment and dedication they’ve shown over the years. I would also like to say a special thank you to all our local followers, whose continued support has helped us achieve such high standards’.
Plans are already well under way for the 5th edition of the City of Derry International Choir Festival in October this year, where there will be yet another impressive array of visiting international choirs and where local audiences will have the opportunity to hear Codetta perform alongside the Festival Chorus. Keep an eye on local press for further details.