18 - 22 October 2023

Special Awards

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
  • 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