The Cork International Choral Festival highlights the best of choral music in Ireland. Irish choirs can participate in one of our many National Competitions or in our prestigious feature event for Irish choirs – IRELAND’S CHOIR OF THE YEAR. While the Festival takes place in dozens of venues across the city, the majority of the national competitions take place in Cork’s City Hall, one of the most attractive and acoustically superb venues in Ireland. The Cork choral experience is unique in Ireland. While participation in competitions raises performance standards, we believe that choirs also benefit hugely by performing, listening to and experiencing different expressions of the choral art. Even at international level the range of opportunities in Cork is considered special.

Click on any of the competition categories below to see the 2016 participating choirs.


National Competition for Schools

A platform for schools’ choirs from all over the country – the National Schools Competitions offer an opportunity for choirs to compete in Ireland’s foremost choral festival, while seeing, learning from and mingling with the many talented international choirs that also take part…..



National Open Competitions

A platform for Youth and Adult choirs from all over the country – the National Open Competitions offer categories including Male, Female & Mixed Voice, Chamber Choir & Ensembles, Youth Choirs and Light, Jazz & Popular Music and Church Music Competition…..