2016 Competition Details

Competition A.
Premier Competition
Winner: Handmade Trophy and e700. Runner-up: e300.
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 2015 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 2015, the competition in which that choir receives the hightest 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. Prizes Winner: Handmade Trophy and €700. Runner-up: €300.

Competition B.
Four Part Choirs, any combination of Voices (four parts or more).
Winner: Handmade Trophy and e300. Runner-up: e150.
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).

Competition C.
Choirs from Ireland, 4-Part
. S.A.T.B.
Winner: Handmade Trophy and e300. Runner-up: e150.
Programme should consist of two contrasting 4 part songs.

Competition D.
Margaret Burke Sheridan. Female Voices
Winner: Handmade Trophy and e300. Runner-up: e150.
Programme should consist of two contrasting 3 or 4 part songs.

Competition E.
John (Jack) Feeney. Male Voices

Winner: Handmade Trophy and e300. Runner-up: e150.
Programme should consist of two contrasting 3 or 4 part songs.

Competition F.
Sacred Music Choirs
Winner: Handmade Trophy and e300. Runner-up: e150.
Programme should consist of two contrasting part songs.

Competition G.
Gospel Choirs

Winner: Handmade Trophy and e300. Runner-up: e150.
Programme should consist of two contrasting pieces from The Gospel Choral Music Repertoire.

Competition H.
Gaelic or Celtic Language
Amhrán is Fearr i nGaeilge nĂł i dTeanga Ceilteach – ComĂłrtas H
Winner: Handmade Trophy and e300. Runner-up: e150.
Programme shuld consist of two contrasting 3 or 4 part songs in Irish or any Celtic Language.

Competition I.
Barbershop Chorus
Winner: Handmade Trophy and e300. Runner-up: e150.
Programme should consist of two contrasting pieces from the Barbershop repertoire.

Competition J.
Barbershop Quartet
Winner: Handmade Trophy and e300. Runner-up: e150.
Programme should consist of two contrasting pieces from the Barbershop repertoire.

Competition K
First Time Competitors
Winner: Handmade Trophy and €200. Runner-up: €100.
A new competition 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.

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

Prizes Winner: Handmade Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.
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). Age limit of members does not apply to this competition.

Competing Choirs
Click here to download the 2016 Festival entry form rules and regulations and competition details (one document).

Non-competiting Choirs
Can use the same entry form

2016 Syllabus: Download by clicking here, the 2016 Festival Syllabus
Also contains an accommodation guide

Accommodation:
Our recommended list of accommodation is included on the last two pages of our syllabus,
2016 Festival Syllabus

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, 2015 and for choirs from Ireland 31st January 2016.

2016 dates:
Wed 25th – Sun 29th May 2016