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.

Do contact us for further information on Choral Festivals that may not appear here.

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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 Friday 1st March - Sunday 3rd March 2019. 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 1st - although late entries will be accepted until Friday, February 8th. 

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

Dublin International Choral Festival 2019


An initiative of the Dublin City Council Arts Office, Dublin International Choral Festival will take place 22nd - 24th March 2019. The Festival will be non-competitive and an opportunity for visiting choirs to meet and share their passion for choral singing with Irish choral singers. The Festival will include shared evening concerts in St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin; and a Gala Concert in St Patrick’s Cathedral with an orchestra, conducted by David Brophy on the last day of the festival.


What will the repertoire be?


The music for the performances will come from the choir’s own repertoire.


The first and second concerts will take place on Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd March, St Ann’s Church, and the final concert Sunday 24th March, St Patrick’s Cathedral (each choir will participate in one of these concerts).


In addition to presenting their existing repertoire, those choirs performing on Sunday 24th March (only) will be invited to perform three choruses from Handel’s Messiah: And the glory of the Lord, Hallelujah & Amen to be sung by the choirs with orchestra, conducted by David Brophy. In addition, theses choirs will also be invited to perform Danny Boy – also under the direction of David Brophy.


Who will take part?


The festival is calling for expressions of interest from all Irish choirs.


What is involved?


Participating choirs will perform on either Friday 22nd or Saturday 23rd March (in St. Ann’s Church) or Saturday 24th March (in St. Patrick’s Cathedral).


Choirs selected for Sunday 24th March must be available to attend one rehearsal with David Brophy & Orchestra: Sunday 24th March 1pm – 5pm (in Dublin city centre).


All choirs will be invited to a welcome reception in City Hall on Thursday 21st March evening (time to be confirmed).


Selection Criteria


Choirs will be selected based on their availability. The festival organisers wish to present a mix of different choirs and repertoire.


Should your choir be interested in taking part, or to require further information please contact the Festival Manager Melissa Nolan:


By email:  DublinIntChoralFestival@gmail.com

Website: www.dublinchoralfestival.ie


Deadline for expressions of interest: 4 January 2019.

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.

2019 Festival : May 1st to 5th 2019

Closing date for National Competition entries (Ireland’s Choir of the Year, National Schools Competitions, National Open Competitions) is Friday 18th January 2019.

Closing date for National Non-Competitive entries is Friday 15th February 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


The Gospel Rising Music Festival is on the move to Dublin City for 2019. For the 10th(!) annual gospel choir music festival we’re off to the big smoke on the 17th-19th May 2019 for more workshops, gigs and fun times together learning, sharing and enjoying gospel choir music.







AIMS Choral Festival



Friday 17th May – Junior Day:

Competitions for school and youth choirs take place in St. Michael’s Theatre.

Solo competitions take place in both St. Michael’s Theatre and the nearby Pastoral Centre. 


Saturday 18th May:

Like many previous years, we will be hosting a special Festival Gala Night on Saturday 18thMay, which will feature much of the award winning talent from the South East region of A.I.M.S.


Sunday 19th May – Adult Day:

The hugely popular Senior Day at the Festival sees familiar faces return year on year to take part in one or more of the 12 choral categories and we welcome all returning and new choirs to New Ross.  Please note; this year we will have a Best Overall Choir Award open to all choirs participating. 


We extend a warm invitation to any individual, choir or musical society to participate in one or multiple competitions across the weekend.  You can be assured that you will find a competition to meet your needs! 

There is always a great atmosphere and camaraderie during the two days with people sitting out on the streets in many areas of the town chatting and singing.

STRICT CLOSING DATE - The 2019 closing date for entries is - FRIDAY 15TH MARCH


For further information please contact our Festival Administrator Dorrie Godkin on +353 (0) 51 422259, Mob: +353 (0) 87 2970703 or email: admincf@aims.ie or Competition Secretary Sean O’Brien +353 (0) 87 9349341 email: seanobrien83@eircom.net.



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 2019 will take place from 6th - 9th June 2019. Come join us for a great fun weekend of singing, sightseeing and entertainment!

The 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.


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


Phone: 0860241855

Email: irishacappella@gmail.com

Web: www.irishacappella.com

Facebook: @irishacappella

City of Derry International Choir Festival

City of Derry International Choir Festival

23 – 27 October 2019

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.

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!

For more information visit  www.derrychoirfest.com

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

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