The ensemble was formed in 2001 under the auspices of the City of Derry Civic Choirs, established in 1997 with the support of Derry City Council, the Western Education and Library Board (WELB) and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
From an initial group of two choirs, the scheme has now expanded to cater for over 200 choristers performing in a variety of ensembles: Primary Girls, Junior Girls, Boys, Youth and Codetta. Codetta’s members are all originally from Derry but now live, work and study in towns and cities throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. The wide-ranging repertoire that the choir performs is prepared at intensive weekend rehearsals held monthly throughout the year.
Codetta has given many concerts both locally and nationally throughout its career, with highlights including a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass, concerts with world-renowned Derry Saxophonist Gerard McChrystal as part of the Walled City Music Festival Concert Series, performances with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast’s Ulster Hall, and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Proms Youth Choir in the Royal Albert Hall, London as part of the 2012 and 2013 BBC Proms. Codetta also enjoys performing seasonal concerts in its home town throughout the year in prestigious venues including Christ Church, Guildhall, First Derry Presbyterian Church, St. Columb’s Hall and the Millennium Forum.
In 2010 Codetta visited Tuscany, performing in Florence, Reggello and Siena, and it regularly competes in established choral festivals around the world at an international level. These include the Advent Festival in Prague (2006), the International Choral Competition in Maribor, Slovenia (2008) and the Montreux Choral Festival in Switzerland (2011). Codetta has also successfully competed in Ireland’s Sligo and Cork International Choral Festivals (2008, 2009, 2012) and enjoys performing in various locations in both cities as part of the choral festival activities.
Codetta makes regular appearances on both radio and television, most recently taking part in the BBC Proms. It also performed as part of a BBC Radio Ulster broadcast along with the Ulster Orchestra and Kim Vaughan (Cellist with the Benyounes String Quartet and former member of Codetta) as part of a celebration of Derry being awarded the UK City of Culture for 2013. The group has collaborated on a CD with renowned Derry saxophonist Gerard McChrystal and has also showed off its acting skills by performing in a series finale of the award-winning TG4 television series, Seacht.
As part of the UK City of Culture 2013 celebrations, Codetta played an integral role in the many choral activities that took place all across the city. These included a performance of Verdi’s Requiem with the Ulster Orchestra in May, participation in the BBC Proms in July and August, hosting the inaugural City of Derry International Choral Festival in October and a performance in December of a newly-commissioned oratorio composed by Shaun Davey.
The choir now hosts and performs in the annual City of Derry International Choral Festival in October of each year.See our events