Cappella Lyrica rehearses on Mondays from 12.45 - 14.00 and Wednesdays from 13.15 - 14.30 in the Curtis Auditorium with Maria Judge. Cappella Lyrica is an equal-voice choir whose membership is comprised of students of the BMus programme at the CIT Cork School of Music under the directorship of Maria Judge. Its repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary works. Cappella Lyrica sang in public for the first time in early 2011 participating in the first performance in Cork of Britten’s St Nicholas Cantata.
The choir have establised a relationship with new music in the commissioning of composer, David Wallace, a former graduate and Composer-in-Residence to the CIT Cork School of Music, to write a work for Equal Voice Choir and two Horns. The work entitled Impressions of Light to text by Walt Whitman was performed for the first time in January 2013. In January 2014, Cappella Lyrica gave the first performance of Five New Love Songs for Seraphim by C.S.L. Parker with Harpist, Aisling Ennis and in 2015, the first performance of Lux Aeterna by Richard Rudkins, who is currently undertaking an MA in Composition Programme at the CSM and was awarded the PM Group Fellowship in Composition (2014-16).
In December 2015, the choir performed Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with Harpist, Claire O Donnell. Cappella Lyrica’s programmes also regularly feature the compositions of established Irish composers and those works in the Irish language. In competitive performances at the Cork International Choral Festival, the choir were awarded 1st Prize in the Premier National Competition in 2012 and in 2013 and 2014, 1st prize in the Female-Voice competition, as well as the Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Ui Laoghaire in 2013 for performance of a work in the Irish Language, and most recently, 1st prize in the Sacred Music competition and the Dr Patrick Mc Cormack trophy for the most outstanding a cappella performance at the 2016 Limerick Church Music Festival