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 Maitiu


Adult Choirs: Sunday, 5th February

School Choirs: 28th February –  10th March 2017.

Type: All choir types - children, youth & adult.
Location: Cork city
Venue(s): Father Mathew Hall, Fr Mathew Street, Cork.
Contact: Tim McCarthy / Kathleen O’Regan 
Address: Father Matthew Hall, Father Matthew Street, Cork               
Phone: 021-4273347
Email: info@feismaitiu.ie          
Website: www.feismaitiu.ie 
Closing Date: 25th November 2016



Feis Ceoil

Dates: 27th March-5th April 2017
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
Closing Date: Varies please check website




Limerick Choral Festival

The 2017 Limerick Choral Festival will be held on 3rd-5th March 2017. Syllabus and Entry Form are now available on our website (http://www.limerickchoralfestival.com). 


 Please note that the closing date for entries is Friday, February 3rd - although late entries will be accepted until Friday, February 10th. 

Looking forward to seeing you and your choir in 2017. In the interim, to keep up with all the latest developments, we would be delighted if you would join us on facebook (www.facebook.com/LimerickChoralFestival).




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

Féile Pan Cheilteach / The Pan Celtic Festival

Féile Idirnáisiúnta Pan Cheilteach 2017

Pan Celtic International CHORAL COMPETITIONS 2017


COMÓRTAIS/ COMPETITIONS: Dé Sathairn/Saturday, 22 April 2017


Comórtas/Competition A:  Cóir Mheasctha/Mixed Choirs  (S.A.T.B)

Comórtas/Competition B:  Cóir Mheasctha Tuaithe/Rural Mixed Choirs (S.A.T.B.)

Comórtas/Competition C:  Cóir Ban/Female Choir (3/4 páirt/parts)

Comórtas/Competition D:  Cóir Fear/Male Choir (3/4 páirt/parts)

Comórtas/Competition E:   Young Choirs. Sinsearach/Seniors (12-19 yrs)

Comórtas/Competition F:   Young Choirs. Sóisearach/Juniors (Under 13)

Comórtas/Competition H:   Oscailte/Open Competition (le tionlacan/with accompaniment)

Comórtas/Competition I:   Claisceadal/Traditional Group singing


Ø  Bronnfar an Trófaí  agus €200 ar an gcór is fearr i dtuairim na moltóirí.

Ø  A trophy & €200 will be awarded for the best performance by any choir. 



Ø  Bronnfar Trófaí agus €200 ar an amhrán is fearr ag cór nár bhuaigh aon duais.

Ø  A trophy & €200 will be awarded for the best song performed by a non-prizewinning choir.


·       Tuilleadh Eolais/ Full details on  www.panceltic.ie

·       Rphost/Email: pancelticcarlow@gmail.com 

·       Teil:  +353 (0)87 2857048, +353 (0)85 1340047,  +353 (0)59 9158105

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 2018 Festival (18-22 April 2018)

  • Fleischmann International Trophy Competition:  The closing date of the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition 2018 is 31st October 2017.
  • Non-Competitive Participation:  The closing date for Non-Competitive entries for the 2018 Festival is 30th November 2017.

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




Féile an tSamhraidh

Féile an tSamhraidh will take place in Midleton May 5th 6th and 7th 2017.

The schools competitions will take place on Friday the 5th of May in the following Classes

·         Primary, Secondary Junior and Secondary Senior

·         Group Music (up to 10 performers) in Primary or Secondary

The adult competitions will take place on Saturday 6th May in the following Classes

·         Male Voice, Female Voice and Mixed  Voice.

The syllabus will be published in January and entries will need to be submitted by early March

To ensure that you are included in the mailing list please contact Féile director, Mary Corbett on 087 6307745.

Navan Choral Festival

Dates: 3rd  – 7th May 2017

Competitions for …..

Primary School Choirs.

Post Primary / Youth Choirs.

Irish Language Competitions.

National Youth Choir of the Year Competition.

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

 Piano and Solo Singing competitions.

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

The “Young Opera Voice” Competition, competing for the Tara Cup and Bursary will be held on Saturday 6th 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 changes for 2017 and the Rules and Regulations for 2017 are available on the website:   

Website: www.navanchoralfestival.com

Gospel Rising

The eighth annual Gospel Rising Music Festival – Ireland's biggest gospel music and choral festival – heads for Galway City’s West End from May 12th to 14th,, 2017. A jam-packed weekend of concerts, workshops and interactive events beckons with choirs, artists and world-class musical mentors visiting from the UK, Spain and all across Ireland.

On Saturday May 13th, leading Irish and international choral experts will facilitate workshops in gospel music, performance and singing for all levels. Large group workshops allow people to mix and learn something new together while smaller masterclass style sessions are also on offer covering areas such as soloist technique, conducting, harmonising and even beat-boxing! For the guys, there’s even two workshops with a special focus on the male voice.

On Sunday May 14th, Rónán Ó’Snodaigh (Kíla) helps run the ‘Gospel ReJig’ workshop where he’ll bring his high energy traditional Irish music to the gospel music festival to give everyone a new perspective into the Irish gospel music scene.

On the Friday night at the Roisín Dubh, Corner Boy return with the Gospel Rising Jam Session, a classic Gospel Rising interactive gig – yes you have to sing too! Tickets €5 on the door.

Some of the best gospel choirs in Ireland will be performing on Saturday starting with the Gospel Lunch at Monroe’s Tavern from 1-3pm (FREE entry). The annual Festival Concert takes place on Saturday night at the Black Box Theatre.

Tickets for individual workshops and events as well as the all-in Weekender Passes are on sale now via gospelrising.com. Spaces in all events are limited and advance booking is advisable to ensure a space particularly in workshops.





AIMS Choral Festival

19th - 21st May 2017 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@oceanfree.net
Web: www.aims.ie
Closing date:
16th March 2017




Mayo International Choral Festival

Promoting and celebrating the enjoyment of choral singing, through both competition and performance, whilst welcoming national and international visitors to magical Mayo in May and throughout the year!

Dates:  24th - 28th May 2017 
Type:  National and International Choirs, Male Voice, Female Voice, Barbershop Quartet and Chorus, Sacred Music, Gospel Music, and (delete 'and') Gaelic/Celtic, Songs from a Musical and First Time Competitors.
Venue(s):  Venues throughout Mayo - some modern, many quaint and quirky! All with great acoustics, including Ballintubber Abbey, Knock Basilica, Holy Trinity Church and St Mary's Hall, GMIT.
Contact: Declan Durcan, Festival Director
A: Cloontubrid, Ross, Castlebar, Co. Mayo 
E: decdurcan@gmail.com or info@mayochoral
T: 086 2658038 or 094 90 2 30 40
W: www.mayochoral.com

Twitter (@MayoIntChoralFe) and 

Facebook www.facebook.com/mayochoral

Closing Date: Choirs from Ireland 31st Jan. 2017. International Choirs 21st Dec 2016.

Our Syllabus is posted on our website - www.mayochoral.com




Limerick Sings Choral Festival

Limerick Sings invites you to the 5th International Choral Festival from the 22nd to the 26th June 2017.


Limerick Sings International Choral Festival is designed to offer choirs of all traditions and nationalities an opportunity to come together for a weekend of festive, non–competitive singing.


Choirs have the opportunity to sing their own repertoire in some of Ireland’s finest music venues and to join a performance with choristers from other countries.


The festival programme includes:

- Performing opportunities in Limerick City and County

- Big Sing at the Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

- Choral Trail around the medieval Limerick City

- Come Sing Workshop with Anuna’s Education Programme


The festival performances are held in spectacular venues featuring City and County venues during our Choral Trail as well as St. John’s Cathedral and the University Concert Hall, on the grounds of University of Limerick campus along with Holy Trinity Abbey in the charming village of Adare.


Don’t miss the chance to join the “Big Sing” at the Cliffs of Moher, a truly unique singing experience. The “Big Sing” element of the festival offers choristers the opportunity to sing with other choral groups in one of the most majestic settings in Ireland and a natural wonder of the world.


The social programme of the festival allows choirs to meet and mingle with each other and to also explore the city and surrounding region. There will also be a chance to socialise with the local Limerick host choirs.



For further information on the Limerick Sings International Choral Festival

Contact:  Elaine Courtney

Tel: 061 233 236

E-mail: information@limericksings.com


Web:  www.limericksings.com   

Brochure: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ss040stqmpsuqd/Limk%20Choral%20Fest%2043.jpg?dl=0 

Irish International A Cappella Festival

Irish International A Cappella Festival

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

The Irish International A Cappella Festival is a new three-day music festival in Dublin celebrating the genre of modern a cappella, taking place across various venues in Dublin city between the 14 - 16 of July 2017.


Friday 14th July

A Cappella Evensong with Ardu?  - St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin 8 at 5pm. Admission Free

Festival Opening Gala Concert  feat. Ardu?, 4 in a Bar, The Apple Blossoms and The Ramparts Chamber Choir - University Church, St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2 at 8pm. Admission €20
This concert is being recorded by RTE? lyric fm for future broadcast.

Saturday 15th July

Fun Family A Cappella Workshop  - Griffith Conference Centre, Dublin 8 at 12pm-1.30pm Admission €5 per family

Ireland's A Cappella Competition First Round  - Griffith Conference Centre, Dublin 8 at 2pm-5pm

Admission €5
Ireland's A Cappella Competition Final & Award Ceremony  - Griffith Conference Centre, Dublin 8 at 7pm

Admission €10 

Sunday 16th July

Create Your Own Ensemble Workshop  with Ollie Lambert - Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
Admission €5

Masterclass with The Swingles  - Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8 Admission €5

The Swingles Live in Concert & Closing Ceremony  - Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Admission €25 (€20 concession)
This concert is being recorded by RTE? lyric fm for future broadcast.

Full programme details are available from www.irishacappella.com/schedule

Pre-Sale and Exclusive All-Access Passes

Early-bird tickets and all-access passes are now available for a limited time only through http://fundit.ie/project/irish-international-a-cappella-festival.

Ticket bundles include;

·        -  Competition Pass for entry into the Ireland’s A Cappella Competition semi-finals and the evening final with prizegiving. €25

·        -  Concert Pass for entry into all three main events. €50

·        -  All-Access Pass for entry into all three main events along with access to day

masterclass in a cappella singing, beatboxing and competition. €70

Ardu? Vocal Ensemble - Festival Hosts

Ardu? Vocal Ensemble are ambassadors for modern a cappella music in Ireland. They have performed throughout Ireland and the UK and specialise in curating unique a cappella events for Irish audiences.

The Ardu? and Friends concert series is an annual concert in aid of charity at Christmas and is curated, organised and managed by Ardu?. In 2016, €1000 was raised for The Simon Communities of Ireland with two concerts held in Dublin and Belfast. In August 2016, Ardu? hosted a series of three concerts from 22-27 August as a trial study of an a cappella festival. This featured the first Ireland's A Cappella Competition, showcasing over 60 singers with a sold out audience. As part of the series Ardu? also performed their new popular music a cappella set to a sold out audience at The Button Factory, Temple Bar.

Ardu? were awarded National Vocal Ensemble Champions at City of Derry International Choral Festival 2015 and placed Runners Up in RTE? Lyric FM ‘Choirs for Christmas’ 

City of Derry International Choral Festival

2017 City of Derry International Choral Festival, taking place from 

25th - 29th October 2017

Competitions: primary and post-primary school competitions and workshops. National choirs Mixed Voice, Female Voice and Male Voice sections as well as Sacred, Youth, Barbershop, Gospel and International competitions

In addition to the competitive activities, the festival will present three evening concerts showcasing local choirs and artists as well as a number of outstanding professional ensembles of the highest calibre. The expansion of the festival’s Choral and Sacred trails will also ensure that the exciting sounds of choral singing reach every community in every part of the city.

Web address: www.codichoral.com


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




Annual Sligo International Choral Festival

 Sligo International Choral Festival 17th - 19th November 2017.


Now in its 29th year the annual Sligo International Choral Festival  which takes place from 17th - 19th November 2017 is recognised as a flagship cultural event.  It offers a platform for the many visiting Choirs and lovers of the Choral Music experience.


With many events taking place in venues around the city of Sligo there will be great opportunities for audiences to engage with the choral music on offer over the 3 days of the festival.  The festival will also provide a wonderful occasion for visiting choirs to experience the vibrant community spirit underpinning the programme and festival events.


In conjunction with the Yeats Society the Sligo International Choral Festival is proud to participate in the Yeats 2015 celebrations. Of special interest this year is the W. B. Yeats Perpetual Trophy Competition which will showcase the best in choral singing with both International and Irish choirs competing for this great honour. 


Please note our office address – SLIGO INTERNATIONAL CHORAL  FESTIVAL,  c/o  IT Sligo Innovation Centre, Ash Lane,  Sligo, Ireland  F91 WFW9

Email: sligochoralfest@eircom.net  

Website:  www.sligochoralfest.com 

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