City of Derry International Choral Festival 2015

 City of Derry International Choral FestivaApplications are open for the third City of Derry International Choral Festival, which will be held from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October 2015. Participants from previous years will recognise the established format of the four days of competitions, concerts, workshops, choral and sacred trails. Plans are also well-advanced for an extension to the Sing Joyfully! International Choral Symposium, first introduced in 2014, and a line-up of visiting international artists for an exciting series of evening concerts, among others The King’s Singers will perform at this year’s festival.

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 cappella, 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 performance time (excluding applause) should be between 12 and 14 minutes in total. Time penalties will apply to choirs whose performance does not adhere to these limits.

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

Selection Process
Upon receipt of all entry materials, choirs will be selected on the basis of their application. In particular, attention will be paid to the proposed repertoire and to the quality of the performance on the recording submitted. Selected choirs will be expected to participate in the Closing Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening.

Non-Competitive Participation

The festival welcomes non-competitive participation and can offer the following range of activities to visiting non-competitive choirs:

  • Informal Choral Trail performances at various locations throughout the city
  • Participation in community concerts
  • A Sacred Trail performance in one of the city’s churches
  • Participation in choral workshops

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.


Opportunities for participation for school, national and international choirs can be found in the 2015 syllabus, available on
Fee for international competition is 180€, for non-competitive participation 60€.