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
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.
N.B. 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.
We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland and would encourage participating choirs to consider repertoire composed by Irish composers for competition at this year's Choir Festival. CMC will present a special award at the Closing Gala Concert to the choir that best performs a piece by an Irish composer, as listed in the CMC Library. To visit the library please follow this link.
See here for details of all special awards at the 2018 festival.
Download our 2018 syllabus now!
Opportunities to Participate
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