Reading Phoenix Choir selected to compete at Cork International Choral Festival

One of only 10 choirs selected from entrants worldwide

Reading Phoenix Choir has been selected to compete at the prestigious Cork International Choral Festival 2015 in Ireland. One of just 10 choirs chosen from entrants in 14 countries, the choir will be singing to win the Festival’s Fleischmann International Trophy, competing against some of the best amateur choirs in the world.

David Crown, the choir’s musical director, says: I am delighted that Reading Phoenix Choir will be taking part in one of the world’s most prestigious choral competitions. We’re going to be working our socks off in the next few months to make sure that we can give any choir a run for their money.  I’ve already felt the excitement among the members of the choir and I’m looking forward to seeing how we fare as we pit ourselves against some of the best choirs in the world.’

The choir will sing four unaccompanied pieces in the competition, lasting around 12 minutes in total. As one of the Fleischmann International Trophy participants, it has also been invited to perform at a number of the Festival’s other activities, including fringe concerts, its church interchange programme and informal public performances. The Festival takes place between 29 April and 3 May 2015.

Reading Phoenix Choir currently has vacancies in all voice parts, not least because of its very own baby boom – five of the choir’s female singers have had babies in the last year!

To audition for the choir in time to sing at Cork, singers are invited to email