Each year some of the finest amateur international choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy.
While participation in the competition is central to the choir’s participation, the Cork experience is not solely limited to this. The Festival also schedules the selected choirs to perform non-competitively in a range of Festival activities throughout the week including its Choral Trail, Sacred Trail, guest performances at National Competitions, and at its Closing Gala Concert. A Meet and Greet session and Festival Club is organised to allow participants to get to know each other and to meet informally in a convivial social setting. Selected choirs also have an opportunity to present a Fringe or Friendship Concert.
To allow choirs to play a full part in the Festival it is expected that international choirs who apply to participate in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition are in a position to arrange their arrival in Cork for, no later than, the Thursday of the Festival, and their departure for the Monday post-Festival.
Early applications are welcome, and the Festival can provide an early confirmation to choirs where this is possible.
Participation in the competition implies acceptance of all the rules and regulations included on this page.
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 a historically-balanced and coherent range of styles and must include:
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.
Choirs can submit their Fleischmann International Trophy Competition application by completing the form available at the bottom of the page by 31st October of the preceding year.
Each choir is required to include with their application:
Online applications will be disregarded if the specific support materials are not submitted by the competition closing date. Please do not hesitate to get in touch at [email protected] should you have any issues uploading your files.
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. No discussion will be entered into with choirs in regards to the selection process.
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 the application closing date. 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.
Recipient: Cork International Choral Festival
Bank: Allied Irish Banks plc, Patrick’s Street, Cork, Ireland
IBAN: IE85 AIBK 9341 5105 1954 48
Account Number: 05195448
Sort Code: 93 41 51
NOTE: Please ensure that the name of the choir is noted on the bank transfer.
First Prize €2,500, Trophy & Certificate
Second Prize €1,850 & Certificate
Third Prize €1,250 & Certificate
The Festival does not contribute to a choir’s travel costs to and from Cork.
Bus transportation will be provided to choirs as follows:
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) is available at this page. The Festival is not responsible for any booking issues that may arise.
The process and cost of Visas are the sole responsibility of the choir. The Fesitval will support a choir in its application through a letter of support on request.
Choirs from outside Ireland & 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.
It is a condition of participation that a choir agrees that: