2018 Competition Details

Competition Details

Competition A.
Premier Competition
Winner: Trophy and €1,000. Runner-up: €200.
The first prize winners of all competitions below (with the exception of Competition K), automatically qualify for entry to the Premier Competition. Programme should consist of two contrasting part songs. One of the pieces must be chosen from the repertoire already performed in the qualifying competition. The second piece must not have been previously sung by your choir, in any of the other 2018 competitions as below. Please note, a choir can qualify to enter the Premier Competition in one competition category only, in each year of the festival. Should a particular choir win in two or more competitions in 2018, the competition in which that choir receives the highest mark, is the competition that the choir will represent at the Premier. The competition(s) that the winners do not represent, will be represented by the runners up of that competition(s) instead. Please note that choirs taking part in the Premier Competition (which takes place at the Gala Concert), and any guest choir at the Gala Concert, in addition to those attending the Gala Concert, will join together as one large singing group to sing Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’. Choirs are encouraged to rehearse this piece in the weeks prior to the festival. Please feel free to bring your scores as scores will not be provided on the day.
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €1,000. Runner-up: €200.

Competition B.
Four Part Choirs, any combination of Voices (four parts or more).
Any combination of voices. (Four Part or more). Programme should consist of two contrasting part songs, and be chosen as follows: (i) A piece composed before 1800 (ii) Any part song contrasting with (i).
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.

Competition C.
Choirs from Ireland, 4-Part
. S.A.T.B.
Programme should consist of two contrasting, 4 part songs.
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.

Competition D.
Margaret Burke Sheridan. Female Voices
Programme should consist of two contrasting 3 or 4 part songs.
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.

Competition E.
John (Jack) Feeney. Male Voices

Programme should consist of two contrasting 3 or 4 part songs.
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.

Competition F.
Sacred Music Choirs
Programme should consist of two contrasting part songs.
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.

Competition G.
Gospel Choirs

Programme should consist of two contrasting part pieces from The Gospel Choral Music Repertoire.
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.

Competition H.
Gaelic or Celtic Language
Comórtas H. Amhrán is Fearr i nGaeilge nó i dTeanga Cheilteach.
Programme should consist of two contrasting 3 or 4 part songs in Irish or any Celtic Language.
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.

Competition I.
Barbershop Chorus
Programme should consist of two contrasting pieces from the Barbershop repertoire
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.

Competition J.
Barbershop Quartet
Programme should consist of two contrasting pieces from the Barbershop repertoire
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.

Competition K
First Time Competitors
For choirs who have never entered into competition before but would love to do so with choirs of a similar standard. Programme should consist of two contrasting 3 or 4 part songs. Winning choir of this competition is not eligible to enter the Premier Competition. Prizes Winner: Trophy and €200. Runner-up: €100.

Competition L
Songs from a Musical or Light Opera, or a Pop / Chart song.

This is also open to musical societies and associations as well as choirs – all must be formed for at least a full year or academic year (Sept to May). Programme should consist of two contrasting 3 or 4 part songs.
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.

Competition M.
A Cappella Groups
Open to groups of a minimum of four to a maximum of eight members.
Programme should consist of two contrasting 3 or 4 part songs, sung without accompaniment.
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.

Competition N.
Smaller Choral Groups
Open to groups of a minimum of four to a maximum of eight members.
Programme should consist of two contrasting 3 or 4 part songs.
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.

Competing Choirs
Click here to download the 2018 Festival entry form rules and regulations and competition details (one document).

Non-competiting Choirs
Click here to download the NON-competing Choirs entry form 2018

2018 Syllabus 
Download by clicking here, the 2018 Festival Syllabus
Also contains an accommodation guide

Accommodation
Our recommended list of accommodation is included on the last two pages of our syllabus,
Accommodation

or visit www.discoverireland.ie for accommodation providers in Mayo.

Closing date for choir entry
Please note that the closing date for entry to the festival by International choirs is December 31st, 2017 and for choirs from Ireland 31st January 2018.

2018 Festival Dates
Wed 23rd – Sun 27th May 2018