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Exsultate back from the Cork International Choral Festival, Ireland

Our newest ensemble Exsultate represented Canada in the 2023 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition at the Cork International Choral Festival. They were ecstatic about their performance and held their own on a stage of the world’s best choral ensembles. 

After the awards ceremony, Conductor Kellie Walsh said, “This is a hugely proud day. Exsultate received a mark of 90.22 from the jury of five renowned European conductors. A huge shout out to the adult chamber choir Huik! from Estonia who won with a mark of 92.8!”

Estonian choirs took the top three spots in the competition.

1st Prize: Estonia’s Segakoor HUIK! Mixed Choir

 2nd Prize: Estonia’s Academic Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu

3rd Prize:  Estonia’s Academic Female Choir of Tallinn University of Technology

Exsultate toured the Cliffs of Moher, Downtown Dublin, performed at the Mayfield Library and the Killavulin elementary school and at the famous Blarney Castle. Click the link to hear Exsultate singing in Gaelic.

Martin Byrne, an audience member who attended the library performance, had this to say about Shallaway, “It was honestly a privilege to have been in the presence of such a wonderful group of enthusiastic and talented young people whose love for and enjoyment of singing and performing was absolutely plain to see ( and hear !). Thank you all so much for coming to my city and neighbourhood.  I wish you every success in the upcoming competition and hope you enjoy your stay in Cork. Good luck to you all in all that you do in the future. And thank you again, you were beautiful-and fantastic-today, a credit to your tutors, country, families and yourselves.”

This was Exsultate’s first international choral competition and we are proud of their top marks and the way they proudly represented Canada and Newfoundland.