Applications for Ireland’s Choir of the Year 2021 are now open. Closing date: 15th January 2021.

Application forms can be submitted either online or by post.

Download National SyllabusDownload Application FormGo to online application

Ireland’s Choir of the Year is our prestigious feature event for Irish choirs. This competition is an important performance and competitive platform for Irish choirs of national standing and offers them the opportunity of comparison with international standards of choral performance.

Now in its fifth year Ireland’s Choir of the Year is already established as the premier national choir competition to find Ireland’s best choir. The competition is open to Adult and Youth choirs of national standing. Previous winners have not alone established reputations at national levels, but have participated with much success at other major international festivals.

• The repertoire requirements align with those required in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition.
• Closing Date for receipt of completed applications is third Friday of January of each year.
• Open to any Adult or Youth choir from the island of Ireland.
• Age limit, 16 years of age and over on the day of competition.
• Minimum sixteen/maximum 75 voices
• Irish choirs, selected for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition, may also enter this competition.
• Ireland’s Choir of the Year will be awarded the Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy (See SPECIAL AWARDS), a specially commissioned National Trophy, and Prize Money.


1st Prize – €1000, Perpetual Trophy, National Trophy, & Certificate
2nd Prize – €500 & Certificate
3rd Prize – €250 & Certificate

Repertoire requirements

A programme of a cappella music consisting of three contrasting works whose total duration does not exceed twelve minutes. The music must be purely vocal without the addition of percussion instruments. Choirs whose programme exceeds the prescribed limit 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 Irish composer

Subsequent to final acceptance, a choir may not change its repertoire, or 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

1. A completed application form
2. The choir’s proposed competition programme (see Repertoire Requirements detailed above). If accepted, this repertoire and its order of performance may not be subsequently altered.
3. Five original published scores/licensed legal copies of each work (one copy will be retained by the Festival)
4. A short history of the choir and conductor detailing activities and achievements. (max 250 words)
5. A digital photograph (suitable for publicity purposes and at least 1MB in size) of the choir.
6. Entry Fee of €150

Bank Details
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
NOTE: Please ensure that the name of choir and contact details is noted on bank transfer as narrative