2019 Competition Details

Competition Details

Premier Competition
Winner: Trophy and €1,000. Runner-up: €200.
The first-prize-winners of all competitions below (with the exception of ‘First Time Competitors’), 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 2019 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 2019, the competition in which that choir receives the highest mark, is the competition that the choir will represent at the Premier. Should a choir receive the same winning result in two categories, they may chose which category they wish to represent. The competition(s) that the winners do not represent, will be represented by the runners up of that competition(s) instead. 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 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..

Competition B.
Four Part Choirs, any combination of Voices (four parts or more).
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.
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).

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

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

Male Voices – John (Jack) Feeney.
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.
Programme should consist of two contrasting 3 or 4 part songs. .

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

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

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

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

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

First Time Competitors
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €200. Runner-up: €100.
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.

Songs from a Musical or Light Opera, or a Pop / Chart song.
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.
Also open to musical societies and associations as well as choirs. Programme should consist of two contrasting 3 or 4 part songs.

A Cappella Groups
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.
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/pieces, in any genre, sung without accompaniment.

Smaller Choral Groups
Prizes Winner: Trophy and €300. Runner-up: €150.
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/pieces. .

Competing Choirs
Click here to download the 2019 Entry Form for Competing Choirs containing rules and regulations and competition details (one document).

2019 Syllabus 
Download by clicking here, the 2019 Festival Syllabus, containing a timetable of events and competition details
Also contains a useful FAQ’s page

Closing date for choir entry
Please note that the closing date for entry to the festival by International choirs is December 31st, 2018 and for choirs from Ireland 31st January 2019.

2019 Festival Dates
Wed 22nd – Sun 26th May 2019