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

Application forms can be submitted either online or by post.

Download National SyllabusDownload Application FormGo to online application

Section 1: Primary School Choirs
No. of Voices: Unlimited
Repertoire: Two contrasting pieces, one in unison and one of which must have an Irish text. (A translation from another language is not acceptable). Only one piece may have piano accompaniment

Section 2: Equal Voice Post-Primary
No. of Voices: Unlimited
Repertoire: Two contrasting pieces, in three or four parts, one of which must have an Irish text. (A translation from another language is not acceptable). Only one piece may have piano accompaniment

Section 3: Mixed Voice Post-Primary
No. of Voices: Unlimited
Repertoire: Two contrasting pieces, in three or four parts, one of which must have an Irish text. (A translation from another language is not acceptable). Only one piece may have piano accompaniment

Special Awards – Schools Competitions

John Cunningham Trophy

Awarded to the winner of Ireland’s School Choir of the Year.

Irish Federation of Musicians & Associated Professions Trophy

Special Award for the performance of a piece in Irish in the National Schools Competitions.

The Association of Irish Choirs Trophy

Special Award for the performance of a work in the National Competitions for Schools.

Ireland’s School Choir of the Year

The School Choir who receives the highest overall mark in the National Competitions for Schools is designated Ireland’s School Choir of the Year and awarded The John Cunningham Trophy.

 

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:

a) CMC Choral Catalogues

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 National Competition application deadline. 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

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