The 9th Mayo International Choral Festival has been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus outbreak.


The festival takes place during the second last week in May each year but the 9th festival is now postponed until May 2021.


The festival dates for next year are Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd May, 2021.


The Festival Producer, Declan Durcan said “We have taken the decision in light of the rapidly evolving Covid-19 situation.


All choir leaders and coordinators of the 36 choirs who have entered have been personally contacted, with very positive responses, and commitments from the majority of these choirs to take part in 2021.”


Mayo County Council, the festival’s main supporter, added that while similar events are being cancelled, the postponement is disappointing, but the decision is a responsible one given the current uncertainty.


The Council added that it is fully behind the 2021 festival as other years.


Frank Murray, the Festival Chairman said “We look forward to our next festival in 2021 and are happy to say it is already shaping up to be a great event.


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