Choirs for Christmas 2019 has finally arrived! Join us on RTÉ lyric fm for our annual celebration of community, amateur choral music making from all around the island of Ireland - Choirs for Christmas 2019 supported by Sing Ireland.
Hear a selection of the best of the submissions chosen for airplay on RTÉ lyric fm each weekday at 1pm from 16th December in a special Choirs for Christmas feature presented by Evelyn Grant.
The winners will be announced at 1pm on Christmas Eve and posted on our Facebook page so keep an eye out if you miss the on-air announcement! Hear the winners on Niall Carroll's Classical Daytime, 10am to 1pm on Christmas Day.
A selection of entries will also be featured on RTÉjr (Christmas Eve 4-5pm) and on RTÉ Countrywide December 21st. All entries can be heard on the RTÉ lyric fm Soundcloud page below.
BEST OVERALL CHOIR : €750
BEST OVERALL RUNNERS UP: €200
BEST YOUTH CHOIR: €200
BEST COMMUNITY / CHORAL SOCIETY CHOIR: €200
BEST PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIR: €200
BEST SECONDARY SCHOOL CHOIR: €200
BEST PERFORMANCE OF A CONTEMPORARY IRISH CHORAL WORK*: €200 *Composed within the last 10 years - may include one of the RTÉ lyric fm Christmas Carols Commissions. A selection of scores can be downloaded below:
Adam Lay yBounden by Sebastian Adams
Christmas Day by Elaine Agnew
Curoo Curoo by Elaine Agnew
Stars of Wonder by Linda Buckley
Draíocht na Nollag by Linda Buckley with Music students of Presentation Secondary School, Cork
SING IRELAND CONDUCTING SCHOLARSHIP for a conductor in the competitions to attend the Sing Ireland Annual International Choral Conducting Summer School 2020 held in the University of Limerick in August. The award may go to a conductor with a particularly high level of attainment and/or to a conductor who has shown great promise and skill. The bursary will cover the cost of fees for course tuition only (accommodation can be sought on campus at the University of Limerick if required during the course for those living outside of Limerick). www.singireland.ie