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The Category Local Competitive Choral Festivals is a subset of Music Competitions and Awards. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Competitive Choral Festivals which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Festival's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Competitive Choral Festivals do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- London International A Cappella Choral Competition

- Masters of Show Choir

- Top Choir Kent

 

! Local Competitive Choral Festivals KEY
VISITS (to Website)94
VIEWS (of this Record)175

'Set in the beautiful seaside town of Bangor, just 15 miles from Belfast, with easy access by sea and low cost air travel, this highly successful Festival offers classes in Youth, Mixed, Ladies and Male Voice Choirs, Ladies and Mens' Barbershop, plus Madrigal, Sacred and Light Entertainment Sections, all of which offer substantial monetary prizes, with the Open Choral Competition offering a top prize of £1000!' Held Early April.

 

* Bangor International Choral Festival
VISITS (to Website)346
VIEWS (of this Record)520

‘The competition is open to all school, youth and community junior choirs. There will be two age categories: * Up to and including 12 years of age; Up to and including 18 years of age. To enter, choirs should submit a CD/MP3 of their choir singing two contrasting pieces of their choice. If selected for the finals you can sing any two songs of your choice (not exceeding 8 minutes) provided they are the original voices.’ Finals Held Early March.

 

* Barnardo’s Youth Choral Competition
VISITS (to Website)275
VIEWS (of this Record)1245

'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. School, national and international choirs are invited to take part in a range of competitions across the five-day festival including Equal Voice, Mixed Voice, Youth, Sacred, Popular, Jazz & Gospel, and Vocal Ensemble categories.' Held Mid October.

 

* City of Derry International Choir Festival
VISITS (to Website)479
VIEWS (of this Record)435

‘The World's largest Male Choral Festival, where choirs from all over the world sing in over 50 concerts and events all over Cornwall, UK ... There are also three Competitions, a Symposium, and plenty of time to relax amongst friends amongst some of Europe's finest Coastline.’ Held biennially Early May [2021].

 

* Cornwall International Male Choral Festival
VISITS (to Website)422
VIEWS (of this Record)491

Inaugurated in 2018: ‘The International Choral Festival Wales was borne out of a passion for music, a vision to welcome the best of the international choral community to Wales and a desire to push the boundaries of musical excellence’. The Festival Competition has five Categories: * Mixed Choirs (or no fewer then 16 voices); * Single Voice Choirs (Any female voice choirs (SSAA / SSA / SAA / SA) or male voice choirs (TTBB / TTB / TBB / TB) of no fewer than 16 voices); * Open Category (Ideal for singing groups that include a mixture of children and adults and/or specialise in a particular cultural tradition or style of music); * Young Voices (Under 25 years old); * Children’s Voices (Under 12 years old). Held Early July.

 

* International Choral Festival Wales
VISITS (to Website)112
VIEWS (of this Record)290

'Traditionally held in November ... the North Wales Choral Festival is considered one of the largest choral competitions in Wales and is an event for any choral calendar! ... Community performances are free to the public and offer choirs a social aspect to the festival as well as the choral competitions.'

 

* International North Wales Choral Festival
VISITS (to Website)259
VIEWS (of this Record)485

‘From its inception in 2010 the Festival has quickly established itself and is now recognised as a serious, yet friendly, musical competition of stature and attracts choirs from around the UK and Ireland and wherever choral singing is enjoyed and celebrated ... Although competition remains at the heart of the Festival, it is aimed at supporting and nurturing the continuance of choirs and choral groups. We also strive to include family and friends during the weekend to ensure that they too can enjoy the many unique aspects of our Island while others sing!’ Held Mid October.

 

* Isle of Man Festival of Choirs
VISITS (to Website)69
VIEWS (of this Record)203

'Competitive choral festival for amateur choirs in the Surrey area, founded in 1905 by Lady Evangeline Farrer and Margaret Vaughan Williams, whose famous brother, the composer Ralph, was Festival Conductor for nearly fifty years ... April sees three consecutive Festival days at the Dorking Halls, each consisting of competitions between four of our member choirs in the morning, followed by an afternoon rehearsal for a concert by the combined choirs in the evening ... supported by professional orchestras and young soloists of the highest calibre.’ There is also a separate concert in March, usually of a large work by Bach or Handel.

 

* Leith Hill Musical Festival
VISITS (to Website)298
VIEWS (of this Record)352

'Singing in amateur choirs continues to be extraordinarily popular across the country. There are many choirs located across the North West region alone, ranging in size from small harmony ensembles to full-scale, semi-professional choirs such as the Halle. There also exist many local music festivals in which there is sometimes a choral element. However, with the exception of the (national) bi-annual BBC 'Choir of the Year' competition, there aren't many local or regional competitions for amateur choirs. The Manchester Amateur Choral Competition seeks to readdress this imbalance by establishing an annual competition in which choirs from across and beyond the region are invited to compete in a spirit of creativity and community.' Held Early March.

 

* Manchester Amateur Choral Competition
VISITS (to Website)218
VIEWS (of this Record)410

‘UGCY (UK) provides an unprecedented platform for University Gospel Choirs across the UK to develop and showcase their musical abilities.’ Final events held March - April.

 

* University Gospel Choir of the Year
VISITS (to Website)211
VIEWS (of this Record)317

The final of this a cappella groups competitive Annual Festival - held Mid April - is now in three strands: Community, Youth and University. The organiser - Voice Festival UK - is a ‘vocal education charity – run by a group of dedicated volunteers – which organises workshops, events, competitions and other projects for singers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We operate across the UK, from London to Birmingham to Edinburgh ... As well as our annual championships for our Youth, Community and University strands, attendees of the weekend can expect a vast range of workshops, forums, discussions, performances and of course chances to socialise with groups and a cappella fans alike’.

 

* Voice Festival UK
VISITS (to Website)201
VIEWS (of this Record)204

‘BBC1 showcases the rich diversity of 21st Century Christianity in Britain through powerful storytelling and truly inspirational singing.’ The Corporation also sponsors ‘Choir of the Year’ Competitions, such as Young Choir of the Year.

 

~ BBC Songs of Praise
VISITS (to Website)75
Also indexedBBC Young Choir of the Year
VIEWS (of this Record)138

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