Following an overwhelming number of entries in its inaugural year, International Choral Festival Wales announces new Children’s Choir Category.

“We were astounded by the number of youth entries this year and are therefore keen to cater to demand” said the Festival’s Artistic Director Eilir Owen Griffiths.  “During ICFW18 we enjoyed performances by some of the leading youth choirs in the World, one of which went on to win the Choir of Choirs Competition. Our aim, by adding a new Children’s Category, is to develop a passion for choral singing within young choristers and push the boundaries of choral excellence.”

The inaugural Festival saw over 400 choristers from South Africa and Ukraine, the host nation, Wales and its neighbouring country, England compete at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.

Eleri Roberts, conductor of the 2018 Choir of Choirs Champions, Côr Heol y March, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed our time at International Choral Festival Wales. The atmosphere was friendly and infectious. Choirs from various countries united through song and created precious memories, but it was also a great opportunity to learn from one another.”

International Choral Festival Wales 2019 Categories

  • Category 1: Mixed Choirs
  • Category 2: Singe Voice Choirs
  • Category 3: Open Category
  • Category 4: Young Voices (under 25 years old)
  • Category 5: Children’s Choirs (under 12 years old)

Applications are now open for the 2019 Festival, which will return to the Wales Millennium Centre over the Easter weekend [19 April – 21 April 2019]. During this time, the choirs will indulge in a fully packed schedule of choral events ranging from concerts with acclaimed artists; informal performances at the Welsh Capital’s most popular landmarks (Cardiff Castle, National Assembly of Wales, Mermaid Quay); workshops with leading choral conductors and collaborators such as Brit Award and Double-Classic Brit Award-winning Welsh composer, Paul Mealor and Irish choral conductor and international adjudicator, Bernie Sherlock; and last but not least, compete for the prestigious Sir Karl Jenkins Trophy.

This is a fantastic opportunity for any choir looking to develop their sound and create precious memories to treasure forever.

Apply before 01 September and receive a £25 discount on your application fee.

Apply here

Children’s Choir Category added to International Choral Festival Wales 2019