Enquiries are now welcomed for the 2015 Festival which takes place 29th April – 3rd May 2015.
No. of Voices: Unlimited
Repertoire: Two contrasting works, one of which musthave an Irish text. (A translation from another language is not acceptable).
Please note that only one piece may have piano accompaniment.
Awarded to the winner of Ireland’s School Choir of the Year.
Special Award for the performance of a piece in the National Schools Competitions.
Special Award for the performance of a piece in Irish in the National Schools Competitions.
Donated by the Mahon Family in memory of Chris Mahon’s Association with the festival
This bursary is awarded to support the development of aconductor in the Festival’s school competitions throughattendance of the Summer School of the Association of Irish Choirs
The School Choir who receives the highest overall mark in the National Competitions for Schools is designated Ireland’s School Choir of the Year and awarded The John Cunningham Trophy.
Choir in all competitions are actively encouraged to include works by composers born or resident in the island of Ireland. Choirs are directed to:
a) The score library of Irish contemporary choral music in·The Contemporary Music Centre. A representative and graded catalogue of choral works from CMC’s library is available below. Sample pages are also available for a selection of choral works at www.cmc.ie/digitalarchive. In addition staff of the Centre will be pleased to assist choirs in their choice. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Scores may be purchased directly from the Centre or online through www.cmc.ie/shop.
b) Chamber Choir Ireland (CCI), the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) and the Association of Irish Choirs (AOIC) launched an anthology of Irish choral music together with a recording of the works, in October 2012, entitled “Choirland”. This Anthology is funded by the Arts Council, within the context of the objectives set out in the document “Raising your Voice” and celebrates sixty years since the Arts Council was founded. Further information on ‘Choirland’ anthology is available here.
c) The Commission Scheme administered by the Arts Council (70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 6180200)
d) The independent commission of new works from Irish composers.
e) Perpetual Trophy for the Performance of Irish Contemporary Choral Music·(See SPECIAL AWARDS)
Each choir is advised to order music 2-3 months in advance of the National Competition application deadline of January 2015. Penalties for the receipt of late music will be strictly adhered to.
The Festival is pleased to recommend the following for the purchase of music:
University Concert Hall University of Limerick
19 Fishamble St.
Tel: 01 6731922
Fax: 01 648 9100
Oliver Plunkett Street,Cork
Tel: 021 271659
Fax: 021 273780
131 Oliver Plunkett St, Cork
Tel: 021 4279611
Fax: 021 4279611
20 Chessmount Rise
Chesham Bucks HP5 1RB
Tel: 00 44 1494 775969
Tel: 00 358 9 41361111
Fax: 00 358 9 41361122