18 - 22 October 2023

Results

Congratulations to all those who competed in the 2022 City of Derry International Choir Festival!

SCHOOL COMPETITIONS

Post-Primary School Unison/2-Part Competition
First Place - St. Mary's College, Derry - 89.7%

Post-Primary School 3/4-Part Competition
First Place - St. Mary's College, Derry. - 92.4%

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

Female Voice
First Place - Dulciana Vocal Ensemble, Dublin - 92.1%
Second Place - The Choir Studio, Newry - 88.3%

Male Voice
First Place - Johns' Boys Male Chorus, Wales - 90%
Joint Second Place - Close Shave Chorus, Glasgow and Portadown Male Voice Choir, Armagh - 86.9%

Mixed Voice
First Place - Continuum Youth Choir, Dublin - 92%
Second Place - Trinity Singers, Dublin - 90.3%

Pop, Jazz and Gospel Music
First Place - The Choir Studio, Newry - 91.6%
Joint Second Place - Continuum Youth Choir, Dublin and Johns' Boys Male Chorus, Wales - 91%

Sacred Music
First Place - Continuum Youth Choir, Dublin - 93.2%
Second Place - Johns' Boys Male Chorus, Wales - 90.2%

Vocal Ensemble
First Place - Dynamics, Wicklow - 90.1%
Second Place - Haraya Choir, England - 86.4%

Youth Choir
First Place - Continuum Youth Choir, Dublin - 94.6%
Second Place - Belfast Philharmonic Youth Choir - 91.9%
Joint Third Place - Codetta Junior Choir, Derry and North Belfast Youth Choir - 89.4%

National Choir of the Festival
Continuum Youth Choir, Dublin

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

First Place - Eller Girls' Choir, Estonia - 93.8%
Second Place - Embla, Norway - 90.6%
Third Place - The Washington and Lee University Singers, USA - 89.7%

SPECIAL AWARDS

Bernadette Kelly Memorial award for Most Promising School Choir - St. Leo’s College, Carlow (conductor Carrie McCarthy)

Bishops Daly & Mehaffey award for an outstanding performance in the school competitions - Coláiste Muire Ballymote Choir, Sligo for their performance of A Red, Red Rose in the 3/4-Part Competition (co-directors Charles O’Connor and Rosario Heaney-McGreal)

Sing Ireland Conducting Scholarship for the most promising conductor in the national competitions or a participant in the conducting masterclass - Susanne O’Reilly, Mount Merrion Parish Children’s Choir, Dublin

Contemporary Music Centre award for the best performance of a piece by a composer from Ireland - The Park Singers, Dublin (conductor Órla Gillan) for their performance of ‘He Is Mine’ by Sean Doherty

Derry City & Strabane District Council award for outstanding contribution to the festival - The Big Belfast Choir (conductor Aoife Cormacain)

Bishop’s Gate Hotel award for an outstanding performance of a work composed before 1750 in the international competition - Eller Girls’ Choir, Estonia (conductor Kulli Lokko) for their performance of Sing Ye To Our Lord a New Song by William Byrd.

City Hotel award to the conductor of the most interesting and varied programme in the International Competition - Külli Lokko, Eller Girls’ Choir, Estonia

Visit Derry award for an outstanding non-competitive performance by a visiting national or international choir - The Washington and Lee University Singers, USA (conductor Shane Lynch) for their performance of Ezekiel by Stacey Gibbs

Airporter award in recognition of an exceptional contribution to the festival made by a first-time participant - Johns’ Boys Male Chorus, Wales (conductor Aled Philips)

Funders
  • Lottery Funded arts council of Northern Ireland
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Arts and Business NI
  • Enkalon Foundation
Sponsors
  • Allstate
  • Alchemy
  • Northern Ireland Tourist Board
  • Citi
  • Caldwell & Robinson
Sponsors
  • City Hotel
  • McGuinness Properties
  • FinTru
  • Bishops Gate Hotel
Partners
  • Contemporary Music Centre
  • Sing Ireland
  • Ulster University
  • CFN