RTÉ lyric fm is delighted to announce our annual competition which celebrates community, amateur choral music making from all around the island of Ireland.
If you would like to be involved in Ireland's largest choral competition - send in a recording of your choir singing one festive choral work of your own choice by Friday 1st December. Don't forget - there is a prize for the best performance of the new carol by our Composer in Residence, Sebastian Adams, based on the poem Self Portrait on Christmas Morning by the Cork poet Gerry Murphy (video guide at the bottom of the page).
A selection of submissions will be chosen for airplay on RTÉ lyric fm each weekday from 8th December in a special Choirs for Christmas feature presented by Evelyn Grant.
All entrants will be published online so you can get a taste of the wealth of choral making around the country while also hearing new and traditional repertoire.
All choirs - school, college, amateur and semi-professional - choral societies and chamber choirs are welcome to enter
All music entries must be in MP3 format only and submitted by e-mail only
No other format will be accepted
Please ensure the recording is suitable for airplay, requires no editing and shows the choir at their best!
Please note by submitting your entry you are agreeing to RTÉ lyric fm publishing all details submitted
Entries must be sent to email@example.com and must include the following:
(1) A correctly labelled MP3 recording (Please save the MP3 with the full name of the choir, town and county i.e. St Brigid’s National School Choir, Castlebar, Co.Mayo)
(2) A high-res jpeg picture of the choir
(3) A short choir biography
(4) Details of the piece performed including title and composer and / or arranger
(5) Please submit details of any additional instrumentalists in the recording i.e. accompanist
(6) Full contact details for the choir director
(7) Mobile phone number
(8) Postal address
(9) E-mail address
(10) Ensure you attach all the above details in one email - incomplete entries or multiple emails with incomplete details will be deemed invalid
Finally get your entry in by Closing Date: Friday 1st December 12 noon by sending in all the above details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 THE RTÉ LYRIC FM CHORAL COMMISSION*: €200
*Download a PDF of the full score of Sebastian Adams’ new Christmas Choral Commission, Self-Portrait on a Christmas Morning (for children's choir with optional alarm clocks). And below, Ellen Cranitch meets Sebastian Adams to find out about his carol for this year's Choirs for Christmas competition, and gets some performance tips and insider information on those alarm clocks!
For further details contact: email@example.com