Welcome to 40th Anniversary Festival
‘Navan Choral and Instrumental Festival’ was founded in 1979 and this year celebrates 40 years of Choral excellence. Having started as a one-day event, it has now grown to a magnificent seven-day Festival. Over the years it has created a significant cultural footprint, and nationally, the Festival has carved out an enviable reputation for musical excellence and quality performance
The 40th Navan Choral & Instrumental Festival, which brings a great buzz to the town, takes place from 4th to 12thMay,2019 at various venues around Navan, including, Newgrange Hotel, St Mary’s Church of Ireland, St. Mary’s Church, Simonstown GAA Centre and Columbanus Hall. Each year the Choral Festival attracts the cream of choral talent from Primary Schools, Post Primary Schools, Youth Choirs ,Adult Choirs, and Solo Singers ,and this year entries for the various competitions have increased again from previous years. A full day is set aside for the highly regarded Piano competitions. The Choral Festival concludes by hosting the prestigious “National Choir of the Year” competition, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Navan, in the Newgrange Hotel at 7.30pm on Sunday 12th May.
A new solo instrumental competition was introduced in 2018 for strings, brass, woodwind, accordion and percussion instruments. Building on the success of these competitions, another new competition for instrumental Ensemble groups was introduced for 2019.
The Festival Directors are working in close partnership with the Royal Irish Academy of Music to develop these competitions. The Directors believe their co-operation and support is confirmation and recognition of the excellence and high standards of Navan Choral & Instrumental Festival.
Young Opera Voice
More and more students these days actively consider the Arts as a potential part-time or full-time profession. With that in mind, a new competition called Young Opera Voice was introduced in 2016. The Festival would like to acknowledge the support and advice from International soprano, and Meath native, Ms. Virginia Kerr. This competition showcases the most talented young opera singers studying and training in Ireland and has already attained a ‘must-attend status’ with rising stars.
Irish Language Competitions
The Irish language is at the heart of our culture and heritage and more and more families want to strengthen their links with the language. With the support of Foras na Gaeilge, Navan Choral & Instrumental Festival gives choirs a great opportunity to compete in Irish. The Festival hosts Irish language choral competitions for Primary and Post-Primary school choirs, as well as Youth and Adult choirs. These competitions allow choristers to engage with and perform traditional Irish songs, and also new pieces written by Irish composers.
Local Business Support
Local Business support now and in the future is absolutely crucial to the success of the Navan Choral & Instrumental Festival. The Festival Directors acknowledge the support from Meath County Council and appreciate the recognition and support from local businesses. The aim of the Festival is to increase and deepen the impact on the local economy during the Festival period.
Navan Choral& Instrumental Festival also strives to bring the Choral Festival to the general public by inviting them to attend the competitions, free of charge and to experience and enjoy the richness of the many performances. The management team of Navan Choral & Instrumental Festival consists of four dedicated people who voluntarily give of their time, expertise and energy to ensure, year on year, that the Festival is a success. A team of local volunteers support the smooth running of the competitions during the Festival period.
The simple objective of the Festival back in 1979 was to give a platform to amateur performers to showcase their talent, and this continues to be the mission of the Festival today and into the future.
More details on: www.navanchoralfestival.com