Applications are now open for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition in the  2021 Festival and beyond!

Each year some of the finest amateur choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs will also be scheduled for a range of additional festival activities throughout the week including fringe concerts, church and informal performances. A Meet and Greet session and a nightly Festival Club is organised to allow participants to get to know each other and to meet in a convivial social setting.

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The Fleischmann International Trophy Competition consistently features top class adult choirs from many countries. A programme of a cappella (purely vocal) music consisting of either three or four contrasting works whose total duration (actual singing) is between ten and twelve minutes, is required. The music must be purely vocal without the addition of percussion instruments. Choirs whose programmes do not comply with the prescribed limits will incur a time penalty.

The contrasting programme must represent an historically-balanced and coherent range of styles and must include:

  1. A piece composed before 1750
  2. An original work by a living composer
  3. A work by a composer of the choir’s native country

Subsequent to final acceptance, a choir may not change its repertoire, nor the order in which it will be sung. The five member international jury allocates marks for the technical and artistic quality of the chosen programme and the overall quality of its performance. It will also take into account how well the choir communicates with the audience in a performance situation.

– Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 31st October of the preceding year. 

– Open to any choir of international standing (except specifically children’s choirs)

– Minimum twenty/Maximum sixty voices

– Successful Applicants will be notified by email within two weeks of the closing date. Early applications are welcome, and we will be happy to provide an early confirmation to choirs where this is possible.

Choirs can submit their Fleischmann International Trophy Competition application by completing the online form available at the bottom of the page.

Each choir is required to forward by 31st October of the preceding year:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Recent digital recordings or a recent CD recording of the choir (min. 3 pieces).
  3. The choir’s proposed competition programme (see “Repertoire Requirements” detailed above). If accepted, this repertoire and its order of performance may not subsequently be altered.
  4. One original published score, or certified/licensed legal copy of each work (non returnable).
  5. A digital short history of the choir and conductor detailing activities and achievements (English text, approx. 250 words)
  6. Two digital photographs of the choir (at least 1MB in size, print resolution or 300dpi) suitable for publicity purposes.
  7. Receipt of payment of entry fee of €300 (see “Entry Fees”)

Should the choir not be in a position to upload all the specified support materials, the choir must forward them to the Festival office by post by the competition closing date, 31st October of the preceding year. Online applications will be disregarded if the specific support materials are not submitted.

Support materials can be submitted by post to:

Civic Trust House
50 Pope’s Quay
Cork, Ireland

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 recording submitted with the application.

The entry fee for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition is €300. This entry fee must be paid by bank transfer to the Cork International Choral Festival’s account by 31st October of preceding year. Choirs are responsible for all related bank charges. The entry fee minus any bank transaction charges incurred will be refunded to those choirs who are not selected for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition. Below you can find our bank details.

NOTE: Please ensure that the name of the choir is noted on bank transfer.

Bank: Allied Irish Banks plc,Patrick’s Street, Cork, Ireland
IBAN: IE44 AIBK 9341 5105 1956 04
Account Number: 05195 604
Sort Code: 93 41 51
Recipient: Cork International Choral Festival

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.

Bus transportation will be provided to choirs as follows:

  1. The Festival will provide transportation, as it deems appropriate, to scheduled performance venues within the City & County limits at no cost to choirs.
  2. The Festival will, if required, organise bus transport to choirs on their arrival, from Cork Airport to their accommodation, at a cost of €5 per person.
  3. The Festival will, if required, organise bus transport to choirs on their departure, from their accommodation to Cork Airport, at a cost of €5 per person.
  4. The Festival is in a position to facilitate choirs in recommending the services of its transport partner if a choir has any other transport requests.
Choirs from outside Ireland and Northern Ireland

The Festival undertakes to pay a per diem subsidy (to a maximum of 4 full participatory days) in the amount of €20 per choir member (including conductor), up to a maximum of 36 people, towards the cost of accommodation and meals for choirs selected for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition.

Choirs are advised to plan their arrival to be in Cork on the Wednesday or Thursday of the Festival, and departure for the Monday after the Festival. Choirs are given a full performance schedule for the period they are in Cork.  This schedule will typically include approximately 2 performances per day and will also allow for adequate rehearsal time.

Please see below for a sample itinerary:

Day 1 – Wednesday 

Morning: Guest Performance at National Competition for Schools Section 2, Cork City Hall – This provides the choir with the practical experience of familiarizing themselves with the competition venue, stage, acoustics, etc.

Lunchtime: Fringe Concert, Triskel Christchurch (on a selected basis)

Day 2 – Thursday 

Morning: Friendship Concert in a local school (on a selected basis)

Afternoon: Choral Trail Performance, Cork City Library

Day 3 – Friday

Morning: performance at the Meet & Greet with other visiting international choirs, Cork City Hall

Afternoon: Choral Trail Performance, Crawford Art Gallery

Day 4 – Saturday

Late afternoon: Festival Reception for Conductor +1, Clayton Hotel

Evening: Fleischmann International Trophy Competition, Cork City Hall

Night: Festival Club at the Clayton Hotel (optional)

Day 5 – Sunday

Morning: Sacred Trail Performance in a local church

Afternoon: attendance at Awards Ceremony, Cork City Hall

Evening: Closing Gala, Cork City Hall

Night: Festival Club at the Clayton Hotel (optional)