Special Awards

2019 Special Awards

The Festival is delighted to award a number of special prizes to choirs participating in this year's festival.

The special awards will be announced at the Closing Gala Concert & Award Ceremony on Sunday 27 October, St. Columb's Hall, 7.30pm.

  • Bernadette Kelly Memorial award for most promising school choir
  • Bishops Daly & Mehaffey award, presented by the Inner City Trust, for an outstanding performance in the school competitions
  • Association of Irish Choirs Conducting Scholarship for the most promising conductor in the national competitions or a participant in the conducting masterclasses
  • Contemporary Music Centre award for the best performance of a piece by a composer from Ireland (all choral works written by composers represented by the Contemporary Music Centre are eligible for consideration, www.cmc.ie)
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council award for outstanding contribution to the festival
  • Bishop’s Gate Hotel award for an outstanding performance of a work composed before 1750 in the International Competition
  • City Hotel award for the conductor of the most interesting and varied programme in the International Competition
  • Visit Derry award for an outstanding competitive or non-competitive performance by a visiting national or international choir