18 - 22 October 2023



Primary school children from throughout Ireland and the UK are invited to participate in a Kodaly-based interactive workshop, where they’ll be introduced to songs, games and rhymes – a must for every primary school teacher. There’ll also be the opportunity to take part in a massed choir performance of a newly commissioned piece specially written for this event.

To register for this event, please email info@derrychoirfest.com.


Repertoire: 2 contrasting pieces, in unison or 2 parts, both of which may be accompanied
Time Limit: Not exceeding 8 minutes in total
1st Prize: Trophy and £150

Repertoire: 2 contrasting part songs, in 3 or 4 parts, both of which may be accompanied
Time Limit: Not exceeding 8 minutes in total
1st Prize: Trophy and £150

In addition to 1st Prize in each of the school categories, Certificates of Excellence will be awarded to choirs as follows:

90% or above: Gold Award Certificate
85% – 89%: Silver Award Certificate
80% – 84%: Bronze Award Certificate

Big Sing 
All post-primary school choirs are invited to take part in a Big Sing workshop that will take place during the competition session. Details will be provided in advance of the festival.

CMC Library
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.

Special Awards 
Choirs will also be eligible for a number of special awards. Click here for full details.

Please read our Rules & Regulations and then visit our Application Procedure page, where you will find full details of how to apply.

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