Sligo International Choral Festival Newsletter




The Sligo International Choral Festival, now in its 28th year, is a flagship choral event that provides a platform for visiting choirs and lovers of choral music in the North West of Ireland.  

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You are invited to attend the:

28th Sligo International
Choral Festival

Friday, November 11, until
Sunday, November 13, 2016 
Closing Date for receipt of entries:  Friday 3rd June 

It is our privilege to welcome you all as we prepare to celebrate the 2016 Sligo International Choral Festival which will take place from Friday 11th – Sunday 13th November.

Of special interest this year is Competition B which will reflect the music associated with the 1916 rising and the First World War. In conjunction with Sligo County Council the festival is proud to participate in this national year of commemoration.

With many events taking place in venues around the town of Sligo there will be great opportunities for audiences to engage with the choral music on offer over the 3 days of the festival.

One of the highlights of the choral festival is the opportunity for choirs to sing in different venues throughout Sligo town on Saturday and Sunday.  These fringe events in pubs, shopping centres, local businesses and churches along with the Festival Club provide opportunities for choirs to experience the hospitality of the people of Sligo in a relaxed musical environment.

No doubt, many choirs will entertain shoppers on the Saturday and will enhance the various religious services on the Sunday morning.

Please indicate your participation in one or both of these, on the entry form.

Click here to complete the Festival Entry Form

2016 Festival Programme and Workshops

Congratulations to Kilkenny Presentation School Senior Choir on
Britain’s Got Talent audition.

In 2012, 2013 and 2014 Kilkenny Presentation School Choir won the Tony McConnell Memorial Trophy at the Sligo International Choral Festival.

The Choral Festival Committee are delighted to see them audition at Britain’s Got Talent 2016.  

The Secondary School competitions in memory of the late Tony McConnell and Maura Butler will take place on Friday 11th November 2016.  Click here for more details.

The fifth Mayo International Choral Festival takes place from Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th May.

Click here for more information about the festival.

The Sligo International Choral Festival would like to wish our colleagues in Mayo well with the 2016 festival and congratulate them on a wonderful Concert for Peace in Knock last weekend.

Concert for Peace

Last Saturday evening, 14th May Mayo International Choral Festival hosted a ‘musical extravaganza’ at the Basilica in Knock…Read more

Opera Theatre Company

La bohème

Fri 03 Jun, 8pm

Click here for more information

Anything Goes with Dublin Gospel Choir

Sat 11 June, 8pm

Click here for more information


Con Brio presents:

Rising Stars

Date: Sunday 19th June 6pm
Venue: The Model, the Mall, Sligo

Admission: €20 (students €10 on the night)

Bookings: The Model
Tel 071 9141405 or

Rachel Croash – soprano,  Nadene Fiorentini – piano

Click here for more information about this concert. 

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