Festivals, Events & Initiatives

Please note that Festival Details are left live on the AOIC website for thirty days only after completion date and are then archived.

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Feis Ceoil

Feis Ceoil is Ireland's premier classical music competition, comprising almost 200 competitions across all disciplines, catering for age 7 upwards.  The festival is unparalleled in size and scope, attracting 5,000 competitors annually.  Independent adjudication and written assessments for all competitors provides a unique benchmarking opportunity which is invaluable as part of their continuing musical education.  In 2019, competitions run from Monday 1st to Friday 12th April and are open to the public for a nominal fee (€5 per day). The festival will be followed by a Gala performance in the National Concert Hall on Tuesday April 30th 2019, featuring a selection of outstanding winning performances from the festival.


Dates: Choir Day - Tuesday 2nd April (NB The Choir of the Year Final will take place that evening)

Adult choir competitions - Sunday 7th April, afternoon.

Type: Classes for all choir types - children, youth & adult.

Venue(s): RDS; St Mary’s; St Bartholomew’s Church, Dublin

Contact: Laura Gilsenan

Address: Feis Ceoil Office, 37, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

Phone: 01-6767365; Fax: 01-6767429

Email: info@feisceoil.ie

Website: www.feisceoil.ie

Closing Dates:

Postal entries - Friday 7th December 2018.  

Online entries - Friday 14th December 2018 at 5.30pm (Late entries not accepted).

Limerick Choral Festival

The 2018 Limerick Choral Festival will be held on 2nd-4th March 2018. Syllabus and Entry Form are now available on their website (http://www.limerickchoralfestival.com). 

Please note that the closing date for entries is Friday, February 2nd - although late entries will be accepted until Friday, February 9th. 

Join them on Facebook to keep up with all the latest developments (www.facebook.com/LimerickChoralFestival).


Phone: +353-61-597663

Web: www.limerickchoralfestival.com

Email: limerickchoralfestival@gmail.com

The Kilkenny Music Festival

The Kilkenny Music Festival will take place over five days next March in different venues in Kilkenny city. Beginning on March 7th 2017 and running until the 12th, over ninety cups and trophies will be awarded for strings, wind, brass, piano, choral and vocal solo performances by competitors from Kilkenny and surrounding counties. 


The festival provides a wonderful opportunity for adult choirs to participate, perform and receive valuable feedback from respected adjudicators within a supportive atmosphere. We would be delighted to welcome your choir to the Kilkenny Music Festival. The closing date for entries was 16th of December 2016. Further information regarding competitions and the festival syllabus can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Kilkennymusicfestival. Feel free to contact us by email or at the number 086-3569745 if you have any questions. 


Also check out our new website: www.kilkennymusicfestival.com

Cork International Choral Festival

Founded in 1954, the Cork International Choral Festival is a world class festival celebrating the best of choral and vocal music. The programme included a series of excellent International and National Competitions, world class Gala Concerts, vibrant Fringe Concerts and Choral Trails, Non-Competitive choirs as well as an education programme. Join us in Cork as we bring the city to life with the very best of choral music from around the world. This year's Festival will feature the annual Fleischmann International Trophy Competition, Ireland's Choir of the Year Competition along with National and International Non-Competitive choirs.

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. More and more Irish choirs now extend their stay by also participating in church and informal performances; attending a range of Festival activities throughout the week, including our feature Gala Concerts, Fringe Concerts, Conductors Masterclass, Seminar on New Choral Music; listen to some of the best international choirs selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy Competition; and attend the weekend Festival Club to meet other participants informally in a convivial social setting.

The dates for applications for participation in the 2019 Festival : May 1st to 5th 2019

Phone:  +353 (0)21 4215125
Email:  info@corkchoral.ie
Website:  www.corkchoral.ie
Closing dates:
Varies, please check the website. 




Navan Choral Festival

Navan Choral & Instrumental Festival


Celebrating 40 years of Choral excellence



Dates: 4th  - 12th May 2019.


Competitions for …..

Primary School Choirs, Post Primary / Youth Choirs,

Irish Language Competitions.

National Youth Choir of the Year Competition.


Adult Choir competitions including Male, Female, Mixed Voice, Popular, Sacred Music, Gospel Music, Early Music and Chamber Music and Irish Language.

 Competitions for Strings, Woodwind, Brass  and Percussion Instruments alongside the well-established  Piano and Solo Singing competitions.




Navan Choral Festival also hosts the very prestigious National Choir of the Year Competition which is open to all advanced adult choirs. 

The “Young Opera Voice” Competition, competing for the Tara Cup and Bursary will be held on Saturday 11th May.


Venue(s): Navan, Co. Meath 

Contact: Marie Mullooly          

Address: Boyne Hill, Kilcarn, Navan, Co. Meath.            

Phone: 086 - 8569802

 Email: navanchoralfest@gmail.com

Details of the Syllabus ,Rules and Regulations etc for 2019 are available on the website:   

Website: www.navanchoralfestival.com

Gospel Rising


Ireland's biggest gospel music choral festival returns to Galway City


The ninth annual Gospel Rising Music Festival – Ireland's biggest gospel music and choral festival – returns to Galway City for the second time from the  18th – 20th May 2018 with choirs from all over Ireland and beyond performing in venues throughout the city.


Leading Irish and international choral experts will facilitate workshops in gospel music, teaching every aspect of this style of music from the performance, to band music and of course singing! These workshops are open to anyone, whether you’re  already in a choir or just partial to a song in the shower. Workshops are tailored for every skill and confidence level, so everyone will feel part of the sessions and comfortable to sing along.


Some of the best gospel choirs in Ireland will be performing throughout the weekend so everyone gets the chance to see and hear some of the 130 gospel choirs from around Ireland, and enjoy their take on the vast styles within the genre of gospel music.

On the Friday night, the 18th May, Gospel Rising’s main festival concert featuring five gospel choirs from around Ireland will return to the Black Box Theatre, which sold out very early last year.


On Saturday 19th May, you’ll have the chance to catch more of the attending gospel choirs, who will be performing at St Nicholas’ Church at a Lunchtime Concert from 1.30pm - 3.00pm. Grab a quick lunch at the nearby food market just off Shop St and then head inside to munch down some great gospel music!


If you haven’t had enough live music at this stage, come along to Monroe’s on the Saturday night at 8pm!  Honouring the great influence Elvis Presley has had on popularising gospel classics (How Great Thou Art and Swing Down Sweet Chariot) the Gospel Rising Music Festival presents Kevin Doyle is not Elvis & The Way it Was Orchestra featuring some gospel music friends for a night of great live music.


Galway Cathedral welcomes the “Festival Choir” to 12:30 mass on Sunday 20th where 300 voices will enrich the celebration with gospel music. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in.

One of the most popular elements of the festival are the workshop options over the whole weekend. Some are large group workshops for everyone to mix and learn something new together. There are also numerous options of master class style sessions in gospel band, soloist technique, rhythm skills, African styles, Elvis’s gospel style, a technical look at singing, contemporary styles and new song ideas, and of course, yoga workshops, using chants, gongs & singing bowls to relax you during this busy schedule.  


This year's workshop facilitators are drawn from all over Ireland and abroad. They include: 

Emmanuel Waldron, Norway-based musical director and award-winning pianist.

Moises Sala, pianist, composer, arranger and choral conductor heading up The Gospel Viu Choir (TGVChoir) in Barcelona.

Limerick based West African musical director David Idioh, current musical director of Limerick Gospel Choir (a past host of the Gospel Rising Music Festival) having completed a Masters in Community Music at UL, a diploma in Music Theory at the Music Society of Nigeria and led the Redeemed Christian Church of God Choir in the city of Calabar, West Africa.

Craig Lees, senior lecturer on the Popular Music Degree at Leeds College of Music where he founded the LCoM Contemporary Pop Choir, is also the Musical Director behind Leeds Contemporary Singers, a nine piece vocal harmony group that recently rose to fame as the winners of BBC One’s Pitch Battle.


Home-grown contributors include:

Gemma Sugrue, a vocalist and vocal coach based in Co. Cork, the owner and director of Voiceworks Studio, and soloist with Jenny Greene and the RTE Concert Orchestra’s performance of 90s dance classics at Electric Picnic.

Niamh Hahessy, who is a Gospel Rising team member, has a Diploma in Professional Musicianship in Vocals and is currently studying vocals at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute in Dublin (BIMM).

Brian (Rags) Ferguson, has been playing the drums and bodhrán professionally for over 20 years, and tours with Baile na Salsa and Gabriel G Diges bands, and runs Galway-based Funky Drums Schools of Music.


This year's Gospel Rising Music Festival is hosted by IGNITE Gospel Choir in Galway, and is kindly supported by the Arts Council.

With the increasing popularity of group singing developing across Ireland and new choirs and gospel music groups constantly popping up everywhere, this is the biggest chance for those groups to come together and meet every year, to discover what styles are being sung within other groups, sometimes only just down the road. The festival also gives non-choir members the opportunity to get that inside look and feel of what its like when you are part of a choir, by getting the chance to sing and learn alongside experienced choir singers, all as one big Oh Happy Family!


Workshop spaces are limited and advance booking is advisable.

All tickets both for workshops and gigs are available through the festival website. www.gospelrising.com.







AIMS Choral Festival

18-20 May 2018 will see New Ross host AIMS Choral Festival with 20 competitions across two days for Junior and Adult competitions.

The AIMS Choral Festival is noted for its high competitive standards set by our renowned panel of adjudicators together with its friendly informal atmosphere. Overall, the festival attracts over 1,000 participants with the best of choral music in all its many forms.

Venue:  St Michael's Theatre and Pastoral Centre and Parish Church, New Ross, Co Wexford
Contact: Dorrie Godkin
Address: 17, Harvey Place, New Ross, Co. Wexford
Tel: 051 422259
Email: dorriegodkin@eircom.net
Web: www.aims.ie
Closing date:
16th March 2017




Mayo International Choral Festival


Celebrating it’s eight year, the Mayo International Choral Festival is firmly established as one of the premier International Choir Festivals in Ireland. 

The festival takes place all over the Mayo region, from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th May 2019, and allows choirs to experience both urban and rural Ireland, in a county with a strong choral tradition.

Choirs are encouraged to experience and embrace all that this diversely scenic area has to offer - from the rugged cliffs and smooth sand beaches of the Wild Atlantic Way, to the beautiful inland lakes, rivers and mountains, and planes that are dotted with ancient abbeys and churches and venues that range from the modern to the quaint and quirky, all with great acoustics.

The festival offers opportunities for both competing and non-competing choirs to participate in concerts that afford visiting choirs the experience of performing with local choirs and musicians.

The adjudication panel each year consists of a combination of renowned International and Irish adjudicators, and the emphasis is always on constructive evaluation.

Known as one of Ireland's friendliest festivals, other events, aimed at introducing the joy of choirs to a wider public audience, include the Songway Choral Trail where choirs participate in mini-performances in public buildings and spaces, such as supermarket foyers, cafés, care centres, restaurants and of course in our many interesting pubs!

Contact: Declan Durcan, Festival Producer

Phone: 094 90 2 30 40

Email: info@mayochoral.com

Website: www.mayochoral.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mayochoral

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@MayoIntChoralFe

Choir Entry Closing Dates:

International Choirs – 31st December

Choirs from the Island of Ireland – 31st January




Limerick Sings Choral Festival

Limerick Sings International Choral Festival 2018  will take place from 7th - 10th June 2018. Come join us for a great fun weekend of singing, sightseeing and entertainment! 

The 6th annual Limerick Sings International Choral Festival, is a non-competitive choral festival that invites both national and international choirs to participate in a wonderful weekend of singing. Limerick Sings is presented annually by Campus Life Services and University Concert Hall and will see a variety of choral performances and events taking place throughout Limerick city and county. Choristers and audiences have the opportunity to performance in spectacular venues including the Redemtorist, University Concert Hall and Holy Trinity Abbey Church Adare.

The Limerick Sings 2018 Festival will take place from the 7th – 10th of June 2018 and features choirs of all traditions and nationalities who have come together for a weekend of non-competitive singing in spectacular venues around Limerick City & County.


Presented by – Campus Life Services & University Concert Hall
Supported by – Fáilte Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way & RTÉ Supporting the Arts



Irish International A Cappella Festival

Irish International A Cappella Festival

Email: ardumusic@gmail.com Website: www.irishacappella.com

IIACF enters its third edition in 2019, and continues to promote a cappella ensemble singing by attracting top quality ensembles from Ireland and abroad, as well as giving unique performance opportunities to Irish ensembles who may not usually have the chance to perform to large audiences. Past performers include The Swingles, Peregryne, 4 in a Bar and Ardú. This year, various venues across Dublin will be hosting pop-up concerts, workshops and competitions for our biggest festival yet!


2019 sees the return of Ireland's A Cappella Competition - a chance for Irish based ensembles to sing for our expert panel of international adjudicators and compete for cash prizes and a recording session. We are also welcoming applications from international ensembles this year for our first ever international a cappella competition!


Register your interest (competitive or non-competitive) via our website: www.Irishacappella.com. Entry details will be available in September 2018.


Phone: 0860241855

Email: irishacappella@gmail.com

Web: www.irishacappella.com

Facebook: @irishacappella

City of Derry International Choir Festival

City of Derry International Choir Festival

24 - 28 October 2018

Created as a joyous celebration of choral music-making, the festival provides opportunities for competitive and non-competitive participation for singers across a wide range of styles, ensembles and ages.

Provisional Timetable

Wed 24 October - Conducting Masterclasses and Opening Gala Concert

Thursday 25 October - Primary School Competitions/Workshop and Evening Concert

Friday 26 October - Post-Primary School Competitions/Workshop and Evening Concert

Saturday 27 October - National Competitions in Equal Voice, Mixed Voice, Popular, Jazz & Gospel Music (morning/afternoon) and International Competition (evening)

Sunday 28 October - National Competitions in Youth Choir, Sacred Music and Vocal Ensemble (afternoon) and Closing Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony (evening)

Non-Competitive Participation - The festival’s Choral/Sacred Trails and Community Concerts run throughout the weekend in various venues across the city, offering non-competitive choirs the opportunity to sing, meet other choirs and enjoy a weekend of choral music!

Applications for participation are now open. For more information visit  www.derrychoirfest.com


For all enquiries contact Fiona Crosbie, Festival Manager, at fiona.crosbie@derrychoirfest.com

Annual Sligo International Choral Festival


30th Sligo International Choral Festival 16th - 18th November 2018.


The 2018 Sligo International Choral Festival which takes place from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November 2018, marks the 30th anniversary of the choral festival's foundation.    In partnership with IT Sligo, the festival competitions and school / choral workshops take place at the Knocknarea Arena.  Non-competitive events such as Acapella in the City, Sing Alleluia, Sing for the Hell of It!, Gala Concert and Festival Clubs which take place in the streets, shopping centres and churches of Sligo City and County empower both choirs and the broader audience to engage the musical arts imaginatively.     The choral festival is marked by the depth of welcome for choirs and their supporters who participate each year.   


For more information (including syllabus and application process) see www.sligochoralfest.com.




Ian Kennedy


Sligo International Choral Festival

Innovation Centre, 

IT Sligo

Ash Lane, 



Tel:  00 353 71 9314007


Email:  info@sligochoralfest.com


Web:  www.sligochoralfest.com


Follow us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SligoInternationalChoralFestival




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