2020 Choir Festival Details Announced!

We are delighted to announce details of the 2020 Mayo International Choral Festival.
Competing and non-competing choirs equally welcome.
Two new competition categories added –
Work-place Choirs and Third-level Educational Facility Choirs.
For more details click here.Mayo Choir Festival Syllabus, West of Ireland


Top USA vocal quartet ‘New Fangled Four’ to perform in Mayo

We are very excited that The New Fangled Four Barbershop Quartet, USA will perform together with Ireland’s Barbershop Gold Medal champions, Dublin based ‘Lady Barbalade’ in the beautiful and acoustically rich Christchurch, Castlebar on Thurs 12th September. The concert will also feature the magnificent Mayo Male Voice Choir!
More details click here

Lady Barbalade

Lady Barbalade and The New Fangled Four





2019 Winners Announced

The winning choir of the 2019 Premier Competition
at the 8th Mayo International Choral Festival was the
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Madrigals, USA, directed by Michael Boswell.

Please click here for a full list of the winning choirs in each category.


Full Programme Announced!

We are delighted to announce our full programme of exciting events all over the wonderful County of Mayo!


Change of date for Annual General Meeting

Please note that the Annual General Meeting of the Mayo International Choral Festival will take place at 6.15pm on Thurs 22nd November, GMIT, Castlebar, Co. Mayo (and not 19th October as previously advertised). All Welcome.
mayo choral festival agm notices



2019 Details Announced

Details for the 2019 festival just announced! Click on the Syllabus below.

Mayo International Choral Choir Festival Ireland

2019 Syllabus – Timetable of Events, Competition Details and FAQ’s


2018 Details Announced!

We are delighted to announce details about the 2018 festival –
Click Here to view our Syllabus and Entry Form
Choral Festival Ireland 2018


Full Festival Programme Announced!

We are delighted to announce the full 2017 festival programme –
Mayo Sings in May!
Click on the pic for an overview of the festival.

Mayo International Choral Festival Ireland Choirs


Choirs from Ireland entry deadline extended

entry.deadline 1At the request of several choirs, we have extended the entry date for choirs from Ireland to January 31st, 2017. Entry forms available to download from this linkentry.deadline 1


2017 Festival Launched on Lough Corrib

lo.DBM_2803_originalOver 50 singers take to the water to launch the 2017 Mayo International Choral Festival
The beautiful Lough Corrib and Inchagoill Island was the setting for the launch of the 2017 Mayo International Choral Festival. Last Saturday saw over 50 members of different Mayo choirs take to the waters of Lough Corrib to sing-in the 6th Festival. The atmosphere on the day was one of relaxation, fun, and a sense of adventure. For many, it was the first time onboard the Corrib Cruises craft – an 80 seater purpose built cruising boat operating daily from Cong Village. The day included a guided tour of the lake and of Inchogill Island – a most beautiful and serene place and home to many ancient monuments. A work scheme has been ongoing on the island in recent years and many overgrown paths and ruins have been rediscovered.

The day was filled with song and there were representatives from Ballyhaunis Church Choir, Castlebar Gospel Choir, Castlebar Musical Society, Cong Church Choir, Cor Mhaigh Eo, Gracenotes, Kiltimagh Choral Society, Mayo Male Voice Choir, Rocks n’Roses Choir, Sligo Male Voice Choir and the Westport Singers. Edward Horkan, Festival Chairman praised and thanked all involved for making the day such a success. The festival director, Declan Durcan also praised the various businesses who had subsidised the costs of their services on the day to make the trip so affordable – in particular Corrib Cruises, Hilda and Luke Kavanagh Coach Hire and Ryan’s Hotel in Cong.

The festival takes place at the end of May each year and has become in only a very short time one of the most popular Choral Festivals in Ireland and has attracted choirs from Canada, England, Finland, Germany Norway, Portugal, USA and Wales. The festival has now become a contact point for choirs who are touring outside of the festival dates and the festival has hosted many concerts for International choirs with local choirs. Cor Meibion Penybontfawr, a Male voice choir from Wales, will visit in October, and a concert is currently being organised in Mayo, for Saturday 22nd October, more details soon to be announced. The festival has become a very big part of the tourism sector in Mayo realising, after costs, one million euro to the Mayo economy over the last 5 years and a staggering 7,540 bednights. The festival is supported by Mayo County Council and Fáilte Ireland.

Next year’s festival runs from 24th to 28th of May 2017. Closing date for choir entry is December 31st and all events are open to a public audience. For further details contact Festival Director, Declan Durcan on 094 90 2 30 40 or visit

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