Applications are open for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition!

Each year some of the finest amateur choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. Whilst the essence of this Syllabus is similar to that of previous years, some material has been amended and updated to incorporate the current international climate. Please read each section carefully, even if you are familiar with our Syllabus.

Participation in the competition implies acceptance of all the rules and regulations included the International Syllabus.

Download International Syllabus


  • Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 31st December of preceding year.
  • Open to any choir of international standing.
  • Minimum eight/maximum thirty voices. (These numbers have been reduced to allow for the best possible social distancing.)
  • Successful applicants will be notified by email within two weeks of the closing date. Early applications are welcome, and the Festival can provide an early confirmation to choirs where this is possible.
  • Minimum age of 16 years of age on the day of competition.
  • It is expected that international choirs who apply for the competition do so on the understanding that they are in position to attend the festival from arrival in Cork on Thursday (at the latest), to departure on Monday. The arrival date may need to be earlier if the 14 day quarantine is in place.
  • We are running a hybrid festival in 2021 and therefore a requirement for entering the competition will be to submit a pre-recorded video of your choir in performance.
  • In the event the competition cannot happen in person due to local restrictions, choirs will be notified in due course and the competition will be held online in the form of a video competition.

Repertoire requirements

A programme of a cappella music consisting of either three or four contrasting works whose total duration (actual singing) is between ten and twelve minutes. 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:

  • A work composed before 1750
  • An original work by a living composer
  • 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.

Application procedure

Applications can be submitted using the form below.

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

  • A completed application form.
  • Digital recordings of the choir (min. 3 pieces)
  • 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.
  • One certified/licensed legal copy of each work. (Should the choir not be in a position to upload all copies, the choir must forward them to the Festival office by post by the competition closing date.)
  • A short history of the choir and conductor detailing activities and achievements (English text, approx. 250 words).
  • Two digital photographs of the choir (at least 1MB in size, print resolution or 300dpi) suitable for publicity purposes.
  • Receipt of payment of entry fee of €300 (see “Entry Fees”).

Online applications will be disregarded if the specific support materials are not submitted.

Because we are running a hybrid festival in 2021, each choir is also required to forward by 28th February of the same year:

  • A video of the choir performing a programme of pieces (as outlined above under ‘Repertoire’) for use in case the competition cannot happen in person due to local restrictions.
  • The video must be recorded in landscape format, in one take (with no cuts between pieces) and all performers, including the conductor, must be on the screen.
  • National dress is encouraged if applicable and the performance should look, as well as sound polished.
  • There should be no verbal announcements at any point during the presentation.
  • No artwork or text should be superimposed. The video should not have been published previously. After 2nd May 2021 the choir can upload the competition video on their own online channels.

Application form

    Choir details

    Number of choir members (excluding conductor):

    Bank Details

    In the case of your choir not being chosen, your application fee, minus bank transaction charges incurred, will be returned. Please provide your banking details here:

    Repertoire Details

    Please note: the order of performance cannot be changed.
    One certified/licensed legal copy of each work is required. If you are not be in a position to upload all copies, you must forward them by post by the competition closing date to:
    Cork International Choral Festival, Civic Trust House, 50 Pope's Quay, Cork, Ireland

    Piece 1

    Piece 2

    Piece 3

    Piece 4

    Choir biography

    Choir photo

    Choir recordings

    Please upload your choir recordings here (min 3/max 5 files).*


    Final checklist

    By submitting this form, I confirm that my application includes all of the following support materials, and that they will be received by the Cork International Choral Festival office, either online or by post, no later than 31st December of the preceding year:
    - A complete application form
    - Digital recordings of the choir
    - The choir’s proposed competition programme (see “Repertoire Requirements”). If accepted, this repertoire may not subsequently be altered.
    - One original published score, or a certified/licensed legal copy (non returnable).
    - A history of the choir detailing activities and achievements, in English (approx. 250 words)
    - Two recent photographs of the choir (min. 1MB, print resolution) for publicity purposes
    - Receipt of payment of entry fee of €300 (see "Entry Fees").