'Nationwide' visits Cork for the International Choral Festival now in its 56th year and founded by academic and composer Aloys Fleischmann.

In the year that marks the centenary of Fleischmann's birth 'Nationwide' finds out more about the man and his legacy.

Reporter Jennie O'Sullivan meets Fleishmann's daughters Ann, Ruth and Maeve who are busy at work organising a massive archive of their father's work. Aloys Fleischmann was born in Munich and was brought to Ireland shortly after his birth. Both his parents were composers, so he was exposed to music from birth. He started composing music at the age of fifteen. At the age of twenty four Aloys was appointed Professor of Music at University College Cork. 

Ruth Fleischmann comments

It was his concern to have structures established that would give everybody access to music.

Apart from the role he played in music in education he also established the Cork Symphony Orchestra, the Cork Orchestral Society, and the Cork Choral Festival.

His legacy includes 55 orchestral works for ballet and choirs which the family are hoping to make accessible as part of his archive. Also included in the archive are thousands of photographs and documents which are being digitised by Fleischmann's grandson Max and many of which are included in centenary exhibitions taking place around Cork City. 

Aloys's friend Professor of Irish History John A Murphy also speaks about his achievements beyond the world of music. On Fleischmann's 80th birthday he climbed Mount Brandon, which is testament to his determination and legacy and describes him as

the most significant Corkonian of his time.

The centenary celebrations started with a performance by the Cork Butter Exchange Band. 

This 'Nationwide' report by Jennie O'Sullivan was broadcast on 5 May 2010. The programme was presented by Michael Ryan.