The Festival is delighted to award a number of special prizes to participating choirs.
The special awards will be announced at the Closing Gala Concert & Award Ceremony on the final night of the festival – Sunday 23 October.
- Bernadette Kelly Memorial award for most promising school choir
- Bishops Daly & Mehaffey award, presented by the Inner City Trust, for an outstanding performance in the school competitions
- Sing Ireland Conducting Scholarship for the most promising conductor in the national competitions or a participant in the conducting masterclasses
- Contemporary Music Centre award for the best performance of a piece by a composer from Ireland. Only choral works found in the CMC’s online library will be eligible for consideration.
- Derry City and Strabane District Council award for outstanding contribution to the festival
- Bishop’s Gate Hotel award for an outstanding performance of a work composed before 1750 in the International Competition
- City Hotel award for the conductor of the most interesting and varied programme in the International Competition
- Visit Derry award for an outstanding competitve or non-competitive performance by a first-time participant