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A wonderful celebration of all things choral has just finished in our lovely City of Bangor.

Schools choirs of all ages as well as Adult Choirs were showcased over a 3 day event and the most wonderful sounds were to be heard at St Comgall’s Parish Centre.   

In the Primary School Competitions on Thursday morning, local choirs dominated the top places in their competitions and these included, Ballyholme PS, Grange Park PS, Rathmore PS, Sullivan Preparatory Choir and St Comgall’s PS and it was plain to see and hear that the City of Bangor has a future filled with amazing talent.

The Senior Schools choir competitions took place on Thursday afternoon and again gave the audiences some wonderful performances with Regent House Junior Choir, Newtownards and Bangor Grammar School Chamber Choir taking runner up places in 15 years and under and 19 years and under competitions respectively.  Congratulations go to all the teachers involved in all of the school choirs!

Of course another highlight of the Festival is the Special Schools competitions which took place on the Friday morning and the children certainly didn’t disappoint – they gave the most uplifting and amazing performances entertaining the audience with their wonderful singing.

Our province wide choirs were on top form as usual but we also had fabulous choirs from Altrincham, Swindon and East Midlands as well as Scotland.   The Belfast City Chorus Choir from HMP Hydebank College entered two competitions in Festival 2024 and after remote adjudication taking place and audio recordings of their performance being played at the Festival, the choir were awarded a Highly Commended.

All in all, a wonderful festival to be part of and to be proud of.  The Mayor, Councillor Jennifer Gilmour, officially opened the Festival and attended the Friday Concert with visiting choirs and the Saturday Gala Evening.  The Festival Committee are indebted to major Sponsors, Ards and North Down Borough Council, as well as Melville Morgan Ltd., Signature Schools, Guillemot Café and Wine Bar, Bangor and Oasis Travel Bangor for their financial support.  Without the support of these businesses and indeed the support of those who took advertisements in the Programme together with our wonderful Volunteer Stewards from Bangor Ladies Choir, the Festival could not have happened.  This is Teamwork at its best!

We look forward to 2025 and to welcoming choirs which have supported the Festival over many years and to whom we are indebted, as well as new choirs who will visit for the first time and make new friendships to take into the future.

2025 Festival Dates: 3-5 APRIL


Please consider bringing your choir and experiencing the joyful camaraderie and superb choral singing in Festival 25!

3 little steps to participating in a great Festival and sharing in our special


  • Just download our entry form and syllabus
  • choose your competitions
  • complete the entry form and send to us

We can’t guarantee you’ll leave with a Trophy but we can guarantee you a warm Irish welcome!   

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Entry Form 2024

Syllabus 2024



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