Friday 22nd June
Ardú Album Launch


Featuring performances by Vocal Point, Ardú A Cappella Chorus and Cuisle.

The Sugar Club, Leeson St.
Dublin 2.
Doors 7:30pm // Show 8pm

Tickets €20

Strictly Over 18s

Saturday 23rd June


Travel back in time to the origins of a cappella with music by Victoria, Gesualdo, Monteverdi and Lassus.

Doors 6:30pm // Show 7pm


Sunday 24th June
Ireland's A Cappella Competition

Eleven a cappella ensembles will compete for this year's title in the Grand Final. Sponsored by Mark Cahill Productions.

Royal Irish academy of music, westland row, DUBLIN 2.
day events 1:30pm // final 7pm

Tickets €15-25


A Cappella Big Sing

Join Ruaidhrí O'Dálaigh to sing a cappella with other like-minded singers of all ages and experience. All welcome to join in!

Royal Irish academy of music,
westland row, DUBLIN 2.

Head-2-Head Invitational

Irish Beatbox Association host a percussion battle featuring
some of Ireland's most creative beatboxers.

Royal Irish academy of music,
westland row, DUBLIN 2.


Peregryne is a small choral ensemble established in Vienna in 2009 that specialises in late middle English repertory. Over the last nine years, its international membership has drawn together musicians from Ireland, England, France, Austria, Germany, Denmark and Korea. The group has performed in Ireland, England, Austria and Switzerland. They won Lyric FM's 'Choirs for Christmas' competition as the best choir in December 2014, and undertook a week-long residency of Bristol cathedral in August 2015. More usually, Peregryne has specialised in music of the 15th and 16th centuries, performed as part of the monastic office of Compline in churches and cathedrals around Dublin. The name Peregryne, ultimately finds its origins in the Latin 'peregrinus', meaning foreign or exotic, as the Irish monks or 'peregrinatio' must have appeared when wandering through medieval Europe. Its cognate is the word 'pelegrim', and today we are privileged to continue a tradition of choral pilgrimage throughout Europe and beyond.

Vocal Point is a four-piece jazz a cappella group based in Dublin. Established in 2013 with the aim of entertaining others and challenging themselves, their members are Paul Glennon (Bass), Colm Fewer (Tenor), Gwen Moore (Alto) and our newest member, Rachel Thomas (Soprano). Winners of their small ensemble category and awarded ‘Audience Favourite’ at the Irish International A Cappella Festival 2017, their unique repertoire consists of romantic and iconic jazz and pop songs, entertaining TV and movie theme-tunes and much-loved Christmas songs. Vocal Point have performed their own gigs as well as at various weddings and events. With their interesting and sometimes quirky arrangements, Vocal Point aims to entertain their audiences with warm jazz harmonies and a dash of fun. 

IIACF hosts Ardú exists with two main objectives in mind: to bring entertainment and new musical experiences to as wide an audience as possible with accessible, popular and unique repertoire, and to educate and develop musicianship and vocal skills through an education programme which does not discriminate.

The six singers are from various parts of Ireland and the UK - all of whom have roots in traditional choral singing. They launched their debut album, ‘NOVA’ in November 2015. This eleven track album features well-known songs from artists such as Queen and Coldplay, all arranged to suit our unique sound.

In August 2016 Ardú launched the first ever 'Ireland's A Cappella Festival and performed sold out Live shows at Accents Cafe and The Button Factory in the space of a week! Other notable performances at Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, London A Cappella Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and MusicTown Festival, Dublin.

Lady Barbalade are an all-female Barbershop Quartet formed in 2015 from members of the award winning Enchiriadis Chamber Choir. The four ladies, Rebecca Gilbert, Clare Hayes-Brady, Hilary Harnett and Evie Wroe are all accomplished singers who love the challenge of new music and singing in different styles. They come from diverse backgrounds of Cathedral Choral Music, Opera, Musicals and Contemporary Acapella and bring their own unique style and experience to each performance. Since their formation, the girls have won prizes in choral music and Barbershop competitions around the country. They are current champions of Ireland’s International A Cappella Competition 2017, and the Marchant Cup from the Feis Ceoil.

Ireland's A Cappella Competition was founded in 2016 by Ardú Vocal Ensemble to promote and encourage the genre of a cappella singing in Ireland. Since then, the competition has become one of the most anticipated a cappella events in the year!

Ireland's A Cappella Competition 2018
7pm, Sunday 24 June at the Royal Irish Academy
of Music, Westland Row, Dublin 2.


Guidelines and Rules

- The competition is divided into 2 categories: Large Chorus and Small Ensemble. Prizes will be awarded to
one winning group from each category. The group with the highest overall mark from either the small
ensemble or large chorus category will be awarded the Overall Winner prize.  

- All ensembles should perform repertoire from the contemporary a cappella repertoire, including but not
limited to barbershop, do-wop. close harmony etc. Use of other performance devices such as body
percussion, beatboxing and choreography is encouraged. 


Category Winners:

Audience Prize:
Support slot at an upcoming
Ardú performance

Overall Winner: 
Ireland's A Cappella Competition Winners Trophy
FREE Recording Session sponsored by
Mark Cahill Productions/Slane Studios