We invite you to our festival in the beautiful scenic
West of Ireland, steeped in history and heritage,
and peppered with lovely venues with great acoustics.
There is also plenty of quality
accommodation in the area.
Visit Mayo in May (25th - 29th May 2016) to experience the warmth and hospitality of the Mayo people, and to perform
together with local choirs.
Competitions with internationally acclaimed adjudicators.
Many competition categories.
One-hour flight time from major UK airports to our airport in Mayo - Ireland West International Airport, Knock.
Direct rail-link from Dublin.
Opportunities to sing and mingle with visiting choirs and to perform at some fantastic locations and venues - some modern, some quaint and some quirky!
Choral Workshops / Demos.
After-glows and impromptu singing in local pubs and plenty of good-natured banter in between.
Our Adjudicators for 2016
Our panel of adjudicators for 2016 includes:
Gabriella Thész - Hungary
Orla Gargan - Ireland
Blanaid Murphy - Ireland
Desmond Earley - Ireland
Mayo boasts a great variety of quality accommodation,
from Campsites to Castles, it's all here!
A reminder that we recommend to book accommodation now,
at least provisionally, as hotels in Mayo are telling us
that some choirs have already booked for May 2016.
Great interest from the USA, Norway, Wales and Latvia
this year, as well as many choirs from Ireland.
Closing date for entry fast-approaching
Accommodation details on our festival syllabus
To the many choral groups who visited Mayo
outside of our festival dates
Their visits were facilitated by the
Mayo International Choral Festival - thank you and we hope you enjoyed your visit - you provided us with some great concerts and very special memories.
We welcome all touring choirs and will, when possible, facilitate a choir's visit by organising concerts with local choirs.
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Thank you to the
Irish Association of Barbershop Singers
for holding their national 2015 convention in Castlebar
in early October. The Mayo International Choral Festival committee, and their 50 local volunteers were the team
on the ground during the event.
We invite all the barbershop groups who took part
to return again to Mayo in May, and enter our Barbershop Chorus and Quartet competitions.
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Some of our concerts with visiting choirs this year:
The Canadian Orpheus Male Choir,
The concert also included The Mayo Male Voice Choir.
Holy Rosary Church, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
The Santa Margarita High School Choir,
The concert also included The Westport Singers and the Galway Gospel Choir.
Church of the Holy Trinity,
Westport, Countly Mayo - June 2015.
Chapelwood Chancel Choir, Texas, USA
The concert also included The Castlebar Gospel Choir.
County Mayo - June 2015