Applications for National Open Competitions are now open. Closing date: 17th January 2020.

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

Download National SyllabusDownload Application FormGo to online application

Competition categories:

National Competition for Mixed Voice Choir

  • No. of Voices: Minimum 24 – Maximum 75 Voices
  • Age limit: 16 years of age and over on the day of competition
  • Repertoire: Two contrasting works.
  • One may be a piece which has a piano accompaniment.
  • Total duration must not exceed 8 minutes

National Competition for Male Voice Choirs

  • No. of Voices: Minimum 16 – Maximum 75 Voices
  • Age limit: 16 years of age and over on the day of competition
  • Repertoire: Two contrasting works.
  • One may be a piece which has a piano accompaniment.
  • Total duration must not·exceed 8 minutes.

National Competition for Female Voice Choirs

  • No. of Voices: Minimum 16 – Maximum 75 Voices
  • Age limit: 16 years of age and over on the day of competition
  • Repertoire: Two contrasting works.
  • One may be a piece which has a piano accompaniment.
  • Total duration must not·exceed 8 minutes

National Competition for Chamber Choirs and Ensembles

  • General: Open to Mixed or Equal Voice Ensembles
  • No. of Voices: Minimum 4 – Maximum 20 Voices
  • Age limit: 16 years of age and over on the day of competition
  • Repertoire: Two original and contrasting a cappella works.
  • Total duration must not exceed 8 minutes.

National Competition for Church Music

  • General: Open to Adult, Youth and Church Choirs
  • No. of Voices: Minimum 20 Voices
  • Age limit: 16 years of age and over on the day of competition
  • Repertoire: Two contrasting pieces of sacred music from any
  • period (Plainchant to modern).
  • One piece may have instrumental accompaniment.
  • Total duration must not exceed 8 minutes.

National Competition for Light, Jazz & Popular Music

  • General: Open to all Choirs, Choral Groups, and Musical Societies.
  • No. of Voices: Minimum 4 Voices
  • Age limit: 16 years of age and over on the day of competition
  • Repertoire: Two contrasting choral arrangementsof Barbershop;
  • Gospel Music; Jazz or Popular Music. Instrumental accompaniment is permitted. Electronic vocal amplification is not permitted.
  • Choreographic movement is encouraged.
  • Total duration must not exceed 8 minutes.

National Competition for Youth Choirs

  • General: Open to Mixed or Equal Voice Choirs.
  • No. of Voices: Minimum 16 Voices
  • Age Limit: 24 years old or less on the day of competition
  • Repertoire: Two contrasting works.
  • One may be a piece which has a piano accompaniment.
  • Total duration must not exceed 8 minutes

 

Works by Irish composers

Choirs in all competitions are actively encouraged to include works by composers born or resident in the island of Ireland. Choirs are directed to:

The CMC Choral Catalogues series includes Children’s and Female Voices Repertoire, Mixed Choir Repertoire and Christmas Repertoire. All the works in the catalogues have been selected by specialist curators and graded with a comprehensive set of guidelines about each work. The catalogues can be accessed here: https://www.cmc.ie/resources/performer-resources

CMC Choral Catalogue, Children’s and Female Voice Repertoire

https://www.cmc.ie/sites/default/files/childrens_catalogue.pdf

CMC Choral Catalogue, Mixed Voice Repertoire

http://cmc.ie/library/catalogues/choral-catalogue-mixed-voices.pdf

These graded catalogues are a useful starting point in selecting repertoire, but please note that any choral works held in CMC library are eligible. Sample pages are also available for a selection of choral works at  www.cmc.ie/music. In addition staff of the Centre will be pleased to assist choirs in their choice. Email: chonohan@cmc.ie. Scores may be purchased directly from the Centre or online through www.cmc.ie/shop.

b) The publication, Choirland: An Anthology of Irish Choral Music, is a collection of 15 pieces by Irish composers for unaccompanied mixed choir. Published by the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC), the collection has been produced in partnership with the Association of Irish Choirs (AOIC) and Chamber Choir Ireland (CCI) with funding from The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Each piece is presented with performance notes designed to aid conductors and singers alike, and the book includes a CD recording of the music by Chamber Choir Ireland conducted by its Artistic Director Paul Hillier.

Choirland is available to purchase from CMC’s Online Shop and direct from the Centre

c) The Commission Scheme administered by the Arts Council (70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 6180200)

d) The independent commission of new works from Irish composers.


Music Purchase

Each choir is advised to order music 2-3 months in advance of the the third Friday of every January. Penalties for the receipt of late music will be strictly adhered to.

The Festival is pleased to recommend the following for the purchase of music:

Sing Ireland

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland
Tel: 061-234823, Web: www.singireland.ie, Email: info@singireland.ie

The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC)

19 Fishamble St.

Temple Bar
Dublin 8
Tel: 01 6731922
Fax: 01 648 9100
Web: www.cmc.ie
Email: info@cmc.ie

Pro Musica

Oliver Plunkett Street,Cork
Tel: 021 271659
Fax: 021 273780
Web:www.promusica.ie
Email: info@promusica.ie

Opus II (Cork)

Web: www.opus2.ie
Email: sales@opus2.ie

Alex Ayre Music Services

20 Chessmount Rise
Chesham Bucks HP5 1RB
England
Tel: 00 44 1494 775969

Sulasol

Fredrikinkatu 51-53B
FIN-00100 Helsinki
Finland
Tel: 00 358 9 41361111
Fax: 00 358 9 41361122
Web: www.sulasol.fi
Email: info@sulasol.fi


Special Awards – Adult Competitions

Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy – Ireland’s Choir of the Year

Donated by the Guinness Choir in memory of its founder Victor Leeson on the occasion of the choir’s 50th Anniversary 2001. 

Awarded to Ireland’s Choir of the Year

Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Uí Laoghaire

The Pilib Ó Laoghaire Memorial Trophy donated by Cór Cois Laoi

Special award for the performance of a piece in Irish.

Perpetual Trophy for The Performance of Irish Contemporary Choral Music

Donated by The Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland

Special Award for the performance of an original choral work by a composer represented by the Contemporary Music CentreNote: Works selected must be written after 1975 and from the score library of the Contemporary Music Centre.

The John Mannion Memorial Trophy

Donated by the family of John Mannion

Special Award to a Chamber Choir for the performance of a work·in the National Competitions.

Heinrich Schütz Perpetual Trophy

In Memory of Dr. Hans Waldemar Rosen

Special Award for the performance of a work by Heinrich Schütz in the National or International Competitions.