Gathering Voices

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2013 as part of the The Gathering Ireland presented


Kilkenny Arts Festival which celebrated its 40th festival in 2013 was delighted to present GATHERING VOICES as part of The Gathering Ireland initiative and their 40th festival celebrations.

Gathering Voices was a week-long music project that took place throughout Kilkenny Arts Festival August 9-18 2013 and culminated in a performance of the iconic work Carmina Burana by Carl Orff under the direction of the renowned Fergus Sheil. The execution hoped to have a chorus of 150 singers from 20 different countries perform in the surroundings of the 13th century St. Canice’s Cathedral in the Medieval Kilkenny City.

Singers from across the globe were called to take part in the once-in-a-lifetime event to make history with Ireland’s oldest multi-disciplinary arts festival as well as take part in the inaugural Gathering Ireland.

Participants could travel to Ireland in August, live with singers and families of the established festival choir, rehearse for five days with 150 international chorus members and finally perform in the closing weekend of the festival to an eager audience in the grand surrounds of St. Canice’s Cathedral.

View the promotional video for Gathering Voices here