National Non-Competitive Participation

Applications for the National Non-Competitive strand are now open! Closing date: Friday 10th February 2023.

Should your choir be interested in joining us in Cork but not wish to enter into competition, you may consider participating non-competitively as part of the ever-popular Afternoons in the AtriumChoral Trail or performing at our Emmet Place Festival Market! This will give your choir the opportunity to be part of a world-renowned Festival, sing in a friendly atmosphere, attend excellent concerts, and have the opportunity to explore Cork while meeting and mingling with other visiting choirs.

County and City Venues are also welcome to apply if interested to be included in the Festival Choral Trail.

Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of the rules and regulations below.

National Non-Competitive Participation Syllabus

Each Festival weekend, as part of the popular Afternoons in the Atrium, national and international choirs present short performances back to back from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday in the laid back and informal atmosphere of the Clayton Hotel. We are also delighted to welcome back our Emmet Place Food Market where a Festival performance area will be programmed with choirs throughout the same weekend. Finally, and throughout the Festival, international and national choirs will bring the city to life with song in our Choral Trail, with events happening across the city and county and all for free!

Afternoons in the Atrium

This has become an annual Festival event and is the perfect setting for families and festival goers who want to relax in the hotel’s bright atrium and experience the festival atmosphere in full flow. Afternoons in the Atrium provides a weekend of energetic and entertaining performances by national and international choirs in the fresh, modern setting of the Clayton Hotel, Lapps Quay.

Choirs will be asked to prepare a 9-minute programme of popular nature. A piano will be available on the day, however, due to limited space, rehearsals cannot be facilitated. Should singers however wish to warm up, choirs are welcome to do this in front of Clayton Hotel on the Lapp’s Quay Board Walk. Please note that you will be contacted with regards to your performance time closer to the Festival.

Emmet Place Market Stage

Choirs will be asked to prepare a 20-minute programme of a popular nature. Due to limitations on stage all pieces performed must be a cappella. Due to the outdoor nature of the performance, rehearsals cannot be accommodated on site. Please note that you will be contacted with regards to your performance scheduled time prior to the Festival.

Choral Trail

Take part in the Festival’s Choral Trail where national and international choirs bring our city to life with song, with events happening across the city and county! Choirs will be asked to prepare a 15-minute programme of their choosing. Due to the variety of venues and limitations in space, pieces should be unaccompanied. However, if accompaniment is needed, choirs must provide their own accompanist/instrument.

Applications can be submitted online by completing the entry form available here.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 10th February 2023.

30 members or less: €60
31 to 40 members: €70
41 to 50 members: €90
51 to 60 members: €110
60 members or more: €120
Schools Primary: €40 / Secondary €50

Bank Details

Entry fees can be paid by cheque or bank transfer.

Account Holder: Cork International Choral Festival
Bank: Allied Irish Banks plc, Patrick Street, Cork, Ireland
IBAN: IE85 AIBK 9341 5105 1954 48
Account Number: 05195448
National Sort Code: 93 41 51
NOTE: Please ensure that the name of the choir is noted on the bank transfer as narrative

  1. The final selection of choirs remains with the Cork International Choral Festival.
  2. The Festival accepts no legal responsibility whatsoever in respect to a choir’s participation in the Festival
  3. It is contrary to law to perform music that has been reproduced illegally. Should a choir do so, the Festival accepts no responsibility for any action taken by publishers.
  4. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of all the rules and regulations.
  5. It is a condition of participation that a choir agrees that: Any performance it gives during the festival may be photographed, broadcast live and/or recorded for subsequent reproduction and/or broadcast on radio/television/internet without payment to the choir. All broadcasting and photographic rights to any performance at the festival shall belong to the festival which will be free to dispose of or utilise them in promotional materials as it sees fit. It is the duty of all choirs with members under 18 years of age to ensure that informed consent is sought from young people and their parents/carers in this regard.