Applications are now open for Non-Competitive Participation in the 2020 Festival and beyond.

Each year a number of international choirs are selected to participate in the non-competitive strand of the Festival. Participating non-competitively gives choirs the opportunity to present informal performances in various locations across the city, while having the possibility to meet with other choirs, see some of Ireland’s beautiful countryside, attend some of the festival events, sing, mingle, and soak up the festival atmosphere here in Cork.

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Non-competitive choirs are free to organise their own tourist activities while here, but are asked to please keep the Festival office informed as their itinerary comes together to ensure that no time-tabling cross over occurs. The Festival is very flexible in terms of programming non-competitive choirs, and while we would be happy to schedule up to 2 to 3 informal performances per day for each choir, we would also encourage you to highlight any specific requests in relation to your schedule you may have at this time.

The Festival offers the following range of activities to visiting non-competitive choirs:

• Various informal public performances as part of the Festival’s popular Choral Trail

• A performance at a mass or church service in one of the city’s churches as part of the Festival’s Sacred Trail.

• A performance, on a selected basis, in one of the Festival’s concerts

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications can be submitted either online or by post.

The online application form is available below.
The printable application form is available at this link.

Each choir is required to forward:

1. A completed application form (choir details + repertoire details)
2. Digital or CD Recordings of the choir (min. 3 pieces)
3. A digital short history of the choir detailing activities and achievements, in English (approx 250 words). 
4. A digital photograph of the choir (at least 1MB in size, print resolution) suitable for publicity purposes. 
6. Receipt of payment of entry fee (See Entry Fees)

All elements of the application and supporting documents must be received by the Festival Office, either online or by post, by November 30th of the preceding year to secure your application.

Early applications are welcome, and we will be happy to provide an early confirmation to choirs where this is possible.

SELECTION

Only applications enclosing all of the requirements detailed under Application Procedure will be considered. Choirs are selected on the basis of their application material. Particular attention is paid to the repertoire and quality of performance presented on the audition recording submitted with the application. The final selection of choirs remains with the Cork International Choral Festival.

ENTRY FEES

The administration fee for non-competitive participation is €30 per participant (including the conductor). A minimum fee of €200 per ensemble will apply. This fee will cover your choir’s participation fee, festival accreditation, an assigned ‘fáilteoir’ (Festival welcomer and liaison); your official Festival Badge, special choir discounts to Festival Events and specially negotiated accommodation rates. The entry fee must be paid by bank transfer to the Cork International Choral Festival’s account by November 30th of the preceding year. Choirs are responsible for all related bank charges. The entry fee minus any bank transfer charges will be refunded to those choirs who are not selected for non-competitive participation. Any increase/decrease in participant numbers will be settled on arrival at the Festival.

TRAVEL

Bus transportation will be provided to choirs as follows:

  1. The Festival will provide transportation, as it deems appropriate, to scheduled performance venues within the city limits at no cost to choirs.
  2. The Festival will, if required, organise bus transport to choirs on their arrival, from Cork Airport to their accommodation, at a cost of €5 per person.
  3. The Festival will, if required, organise bus transport to choirs on their departure, from their accommodation to Cork Airport, at a cost of €5 per person.
  4. A charge may apply to choirs who are offered, and accept, an option of additional performances outside the city limits requiring bus transportation. This charge to be agreed in advance of arrival in Cork.
  5. The Festival is in a position to facilitate choirs in recommending the services of its transport partner if a choir has any other transport requests.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

Participating choirs are responsible for all matters related to the organisation, booking, and payment of all accommodation and meals during their stay in Cork. A comprehensive list of specially negotiated accommodation options in varied price ranges (including Hotels, Guest Houses and Hostels) will be provided to all choirs selected for the Non-competitive Strand. The Festival is not responsible for any booking issues that may arise.

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Application form

Choir details













Number of choir members (excluding conductor):







Repertoire Details

This is for application purposes and may be changed.
Please complete the following information, where applicable. (If the choir doesn't have a sacred repertoire, please scroll down to "Non-Sacred Music".)

Sacred Music

Piece 1




Piece 2




Piece 3




Piece 4




Piece 5




Piece 6




Piece 7




Piece 8




Piece 9




Piece 10





Non-Sacred Music

Piece 1




Piece 2




Piece 3




Piece 4




Piece 5




Piece 6




Piece 7




Piece 8




Piece 9




Piece 10





Choir biography


Choir photo


Choir recordings







Payment


Final checklist

By submitting this form, I confirm that my application includes all of the following support materials, and that they will be received by the Cork International Choral Festival office, either online or by post, no later than 30th November of the preceding year:
- A complete application form
- Digital or CD recordings of the choir
- A history of the choir detailing activities and achievements, in English (approx. 250 words)
- A digital recent photograph of the choir (min. 1MB, print resolution) for publicity purposes
- Receipt of payment of entry fee