Each year a number of international choirs are selected to participate in the non-competitive strand of the Festival. Participating non-competitively gives choirs the opportunity to present informal performances in various locations across the city, while having the possibility to meet with other choirs, see some of Ireland’s beautiful countryside, attend some of the festival events, sing, mingle, and soak up the festival atmosphere here in Cork.
Non-competitive choirs are free to organise their own tourist activities while here, but are asked to please keep the Festival oﬃce informed as their itinerary comes together to ensure that no time-tabling cross over occurs. The Festival is very flexible in terms of programming non-competitive choirs, and while we would be happy to schedule up to 2 to 3 informal performances per day for each choir, we would also encourage you to highlight any specific requests in relation to your schedule you may have at this time.
The Festival oﬀers the following range of activities to visiting non-competitive choirs:
• Various informal public performances as part of the Festival’s popular Choral Trail
• A performance at a mass or church service in one of the city’s churches as part of the Festival’s Sacred Trail.
• A performance, on a selected basis, in one of the Festival’s concerts
All items for submission can be sent by email, however, please note that a printed and signed copy of the application form must still be received by the Festival Office by November 30th of the preceding year to secure your application.
Only applications enclosing all of the requirements detailed under Application Procedure will be considered. Choirs are selected on the basis of their application material. Particular attention is paid to the repertoire and quality of performance presented on the audition CD submitted with the application. The final selection of choirs remains with the Cork International Choral Festival.
The administration fee for non-competitive participation is €30 per participant (including the conductor). A minimum fee of €200 per ensemble will apply. This fee will cover your choir’s participation fee, festival accreditation, an assigned ‘fáilteoir’ (Festival welcomer and liaison); your oﬃcial Festival Badge, special choir discounts to Festival Events and specially negotiated accommodation rates. The entry fee must be paid by bank transfer to the Cork International Choral Festival’s account by November 30th of the preceding year. Choirs are responsible for all related bank charges. The entry fee minus any bank transfer charges will be refunded to those choirs who are not selected for non-competitive participation. Any increase/decrease in participant numbers will be settled on arrival at the Festival.
The Festival does not contribute to a choir’s travel costs to and from Cork.
Participating choirs are responsible for all matters related to the organisation, booking, and payment of all accommodation and meals during their stay in Cork. A comprehensive list of specially negotiated accommodation options in varied price ranges (including Hotels, Guest Houses and Hostels) will be provided to all choirs selected for the Non-competitive Strand. The Festival is not responsible for any booking issues that may arise.
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