Applications for the National Non-Competitive Participation in the 2020 Festival are now open!

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General Information

The next Festival takes place from Wednesday 29th April to Sunday 3rd May 2020 and will be our 66th Festival. It is possible for national choirs to enhance their Festival experience by participating in the non-competitive Choral Gatherings. These encompasses informal performances in a variety of city centre venues known as the Choral Trail as well as the Afternoons in the Atrium in the Clayton Hotel on Saturday and Sunday and performances at the Emmet Place Food Market.

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 2nd and Sunday 3rd May 2020 in the laid back and informal atmosphere of the Clayton Hotel. This year 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!

Application

New! – Application forms can be submitted either online or by post.

Choirs who wish to perform in any of the non-competitive performances may fill out the online application available here, or download the pdf form available at this link and return it completed by post.

Deadline for all non-competitive applications: Friday 21st February 2020.

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 min 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 min 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 min 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.

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

Administration Fee

– 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

Bank: Allied Irish Banks plc,
Patrick’s Street, Cork, Ireland
IBAN: IE44 AIBK 9341 5105 1956 04
BIC: AIBKIE2D
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

General Rules

– The final selection of choirs remains with the Cork International Choral Festival
– The Festival accepts no legal responsibility whatsoever in respect to a choir’s participation in the Festival
– 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
– Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of all the rules and regulations
– 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 them 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 is this regard.