Musical Mountaineers Launch 2014 Festival!
Last Saturday saw the Mayo International Choral Festival reach new heights as the 2014 festival was officially launched from the top of Croagh Patrick, one of Ireland‚Äôs most well-known landmarks! Representatives from several Mayo choirs became musical mountaineers for the day and hit all the high notes in a rousing chorus of ‚ÄėMoonlight in Mayo‚Äô 2507 ft above sea level!
A prominent landmark was indeed required as this festival is rapidly becoming one of Ireland‚Äôs most prominent festivals! 44 choirs participated in 2013 with some describing the festival as a now ‚Äėfirm favourite‚Äô amongst their choir members. Next year‚Äôs festival promises to be even more exciting with several national and international choirs already booked into Mayo hotels.
Great credit must be given to the choral climbers representing Castlebar Parish Choir, Cill Aod√°in Choral Society, C√≥r Mhaigh Eo, Mayo Male Voice Choir, the Moy Singers and Westport Choral Society. A terrific day was had by all followed by a well-deserved celebration at base-camp – Campbells‚Äôs Pub.¬†Said Chairman Edward Horkan; ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre delighted at the way the festival is progressing with choirs from the USA, England, Scotland and Ireland already booked into Mayo accommodation for 2014. There are already enquires in for the next four years. It was encouraging to see so many climbers today and particularly members of the Mayo choirs who have been so supportive since the start of the festival. We‚Äôve definitely taken our festival to a whole new level today!‚ÄĚ¬†The festival runs from 15th to 18th of May 2014. Closing date for choir entry is January 31st (competing and non-competing choirs welcome).
Calling all Mayo choir members to:
Sing from the Summit!
SING FROM THE SUMMIT‚Äô will see the 2014 syllabus officially launched from one of the highest points (and the highest church!) in County Mayo – the top of Croagh Patrick, followed by a rousing version of ‚ÄėMoonlight in Mayo‚Äô sung en masse by our choral loving climbers!¬†¬†Meet at 9.45am at Croagh Patrick Carpark, Sat 14th September, to commence the climb at 10am. Refreshments afterwards at base-camp (Campbell’s pub)!
Mayo International Choral Festival is delighted to announce:
2014 Syllabus and entry forms now available.
Click here for 2014 Syllabus download
Click here for 2014 Competing Choirs Entry Form and Rules and Regs
Click here for 2014 Non-competing Choirs Entry Form and Rules and Regs
Mayo International Choral Festival Supports:
To stage Handel’s Messiah in Mayo
To recruit 100 choir members before end of August 2013
To raise e20k towards funding a new Palliative Care Centre in Mayo.
Venue:¬†Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar.
Date:¬†December 8th 2013.
Click here¬†for more details.
Winners listed on 2013 competition winners page¬†click here
Important updates to our 2013 festival programme of events, download the final programme by¬†clicking here
2013 festival programme of events announced, download by clicking here
19.01.2013¬†Choir entry date fast approaching
Closing date for choir entry is 31st Jan.
Adjudicators Announced for May 2013:
David Brophy (Irl)
Peter Davies (UK)
Katalin Kiss (Hungary)
Theodora Pavlovitch (Bulgaria)
Bernie Sherlock (Irl)
2013 Syllabus now available to download by¬†clicking here¬†
NEW – details of our competitions now on our website: click here for details
NEW – entry forms for 2013 now available: