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

Dates: Choir Day - Tuesday 13th March; Adult choir competitions - Monday evening 12th March, from 6pm

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 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 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. 




Navan Choral Festival

2018 marks the 39th year of the Choral Festival which will run from 5th to 13th May.

Navan Choral Festival hosts many competitions for Solo Singers, Opera Singers, Primary School choirs, Post Primary choirs, Youth and Adult choirs. 
These competitions provide an opportunity for choirs to showcase their talent and have a meaningful experience in music and vocal performance.
Navan Choral Festival recognises that choral singing is alive and well and reaching high standards, due to the hard work and commitment of music teachers and choir directors around the country.

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 9th annual Gospel Rising Music Festival will be in glorious, victorious Galway from May 18th – 20th, 2018! 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.

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! 




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 seventh year, the Mayo International Choral Festival is firmly established as one of Ireland’s premier International Choral Festivals. The festival takes place all over the Mayo region, from Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th May, 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. New this year are two additional competition categories for groups of four to eight persons: ‘A Cappella Groups’ and ‘Small Choral Groups’, as well as a hop-on, hop-off transport shuttle service to and from our competition venues and choral trail locations.

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

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 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.mayochoral.com/mayochoral

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



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


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