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25 – 29 October 2017

5th Edition

International Competitions 2015

Take Part

International Competition


Open to any youth or adult choir of international standing with a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 60 members. All singers must be over 15 years of age.

The programme must be entirely a capella, represent an historically balanced range of styles and include at least;

  • A work composed before 1750
  • A work by a composer from the choir’s native country

The contrasting programme should comprise between 3 and 5 pieces and the total performance time (excluding applause) should be between 12 and 14 minutes in duration. Time penalties will apply to choirs whose performance does not adhere to these limits.

1st Prize: £2,000 and ‘Oak Tree of Derry’ Perpetual Trophy
2nd Prize: £1,500 and 2nd Place Certificate
3rd Prize: £1,000 and 3rd Place Certificate

Selection Process
Upon receipt of all required entry materials for entry, choirs will be selected on the basis of their submitted application. In particular, attention will be paid to the proposed repertoire for competition as well as the quality of performance presented on the submitted recording.

Selected choirs will be expected to participate in the Closing Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening as well as non-competitive activities throughout the festival period.

Special Awards
There will be special awards in the school, national and international sections of the festival. Full details of these awards will be announced closer to the festival.

CMC award for best performance of a piece by an Irish composer
In partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland, the festival will present an award for the best performance of a piece by a composer from Ireland. All choral works found in the Contemporary Music Centre’s online library are eligible for consideration. Works from the graded CMC Choral Catalogues, as detailed below, are particularly recommended, as they have been selected by specialist curators with a comprehensive set of guidelines about each work and a full set of sample pages. A cash prize plus vouchers to redeem on choral works from the Contemporary Music Centre will be awarded to the winning choir.

CMC Choral Music Library
CMC Children’s and Female Voice Catalogue
CMC Mixed Voice Catalogue