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22nd - 25th October 2015

3rd Edition

International Competitions

Take Part

International Competition

Open to any youth or adult choir of international standing with a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 60 members. All singers must be over 15 years of age.

The programme must be entirely a capella, represent an historically balanced range of styles and include at least;

  • A work composed before 1750
  • A work by a composer from the choir’s native country

The contrasting programme should comprise between 3 and 5 pieces and the total performance time (excluding applause) should be between 12 and 14 minutes in duration. Time penalties will apply to choirs whose performance does not adhere to these limits.

1st Prize: £2,000 and ‘Oak Tree of Derry’ perpetual trophy
2nd Prize: £1,500
3rd Prize: £1,000

Selection Process
Upon receipt of all required entry materials for entry, choirs will be selected on the basis of their submitted application. In particular, attention will be paid to the proposed repertoire for competition as well as the quality of performance presented on the submitted recording.

Selected choirs will be expected to participate in the Closing Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening.

Special Awards
It is the intention of the festival to introduce special awards in the school, national and international sections of the festival. Details of these awards will be announced closer to the festival.