Mayo International Choral Festival

Experience the living Mayo, because Mayo is always on the move !


May 2017

The Mayo International Choral Festival will take place across Castlebar's region in fantastic locations and venues from Wednesday 24th May to Sunday 28th May 2017. The event has become the most popular Choral Festivals in Ireland and has attracted choirs from Canada, England, Finland, Germany Norway, Portugal, USA and Wales.

The theme of the festival is to allow choirs to meet with other choirs, relax and enjoy a great weekend in the beautiful and inspiring Mayo.

There will be international and national choirs, a local adult choir and a local youth choir, all performing in venues with special acoustics.

Highlights for visitors include tours of Mayo, local choirs, local performances, the Song-way Choral Trail, the Dawn Chorus and the Saturday evening Gala Concert.

Competitions are open to the public from Saturday and, that night, the winning choirs will perform at the Gala Choral Concert. All long Saturday mini-performances of choirs will also take place on the streets and at the Mayo Memorial Peace Park.

On Sunday morning at 8am a must for the music lovers is the event, the Dawn Chorus, on the shores of the beautiful Lough Lannagh, Castlebar.

On Sunday morning at 10 am the Choirs will also sing at Mass in various locations in Mayo.

Here is the 2017 programme:

Wednesday, 24th May 2017:

  • Presentation on one of Mayo’s heroes or heroines in song and/or music
  • Sight-seeing opportunities

Thursday, 25th May 2017:

  • Opening concert
  • Sight-seeing opportunities

Friday, 26th May 2017:

  • Choral Workshop
  • Evening concerts with local and visiting choirs in various venues throughout Mayo
  • Mini-performances on the Songway Choral Trail during the day
  • Sight-seeing opportunities

Saturday, 27th May 2017:

  • Competing choir performances and adjudications
  • The Songway Choral Trail
  • Mayo tours
  • Gala Concert and massed choir, and afterwards the afterglow at the Festival Club

Sunday, 28th May 2017:

  • Dawn Chorus
    • Choirs perform at church services
    • Early evening concert with local and visiting choirs.