On their first visit to the prestigious Cork International Choral Festival (now in its 64th year), Codetta Youth Choir competed in two categories and were awarded first prize in both the Youth Choir and Sacred Music sections of the festival. In addition, they also had the distinction of being given the highest mark of the festival – 95% – in winning the Youth Choir competition. Commenting on their outstanding achievement, the adjudicators said that ‘it was a privilege to hear a performance of such quality’.
The exceptional quality of their singing wasn’t the only thing that was commented on, as the girls were presenting their new uniforms for the first time, all made by the choir’s assistant conductor Margaret Ross!
Both the Codetta Junior and Youth Choirs were launched in September 2017 to provide a choral pathway for singers from age 9 to adult within the Codetta family of choirs. The members of the choirs are drawn from schools throughout the Derry City and Strabane District Council area and meet for weekly rehearsals throughout term time. The choirs have grown out of what were previously the City of Derry Civic Choirs and are conducted by Dónal Doherty, Director of the City of Derry International Choir Festival.
Codetta Youth Choir will be performing in Christ Church on Wednesday 23 May alongside the visiting University of Notre Dame Chorale from the United States. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm and admission is free.