5 Reasons to Enter Ireland's A Cappella Competition

Following on from huge success in 2016, the second Ireland’s A Cappella Competition returns on Saturday 15th July at Griffith College Conference Centre, sponsored by Dublin Studio Hub.

We’ve put together a list of five reasons why your ensemble should enter Ireland’s A Cappella Competition.

1. Show Your Talent

Starting out as a new ensemble or band, it can be tricky to find good opportunities to perform for a live audience. There is a great variety of choral festivals and competitions offering opportunities to choral groups, but Ireland’s A Cappella Competition is Ireland’s only dedicated competition for modern a cappella! If you think you have a killer Beyoncé a cappella arrangement or the best beat-boxer in the country on your team, this is your moment to show your talent!

"We would recommend this competition to any group, regardless of size or experience; even if you don't go home with "the crown," you'll likely not go home empty-handed either!" - The Apple Blossoms (Ireland's A Cappella Competition Winners 2016)

"We would recommend this competition to any group, regardless of size or experience; even if you don't go home with "the crown," you'll likely not go home empty-handed either!" - The Apple Blossoms (Ireland's A Cappella Competition Winners 2016)

2. Meet Some of the Best Irish and International Groups

As part of the Irish International A Cappella Festival, your ensemble will have the opportunity to meet with professional a cappella ensembles Ardú and 4 in a Bar. Not to mention, The Swingles will also be hosting a masterclass for the winning ensemble! 

3. Try Out New Ideas

Competitions are a great place to try out new ideas and indeed, new arrangements of music to gain valuable feedback for the progress of your group. Ireland’s A Cappella Competition has composer-in-residence Ollie Lambert on our adjudication panel ready and willing to give advice and tips on the best ways to improve your arrangements!

Check out some of Ollie's stuff here or head over to his website https://www.ollielambert.com/acappella

4. Be A Part of "Irish A Cappella"

Ireland is currently experiencing an up-surge of new ensembles and platforms for the genre of modern a cappella. Groups like the Trinitones, The Apple Blossoms, Ardú and 4 in a Bar are trail-blazing the way of modern a cappella in Ireland and this is your chance to become a part of the aca-movement!

5. Win Amazing Prizes

Finally, Ireland’s A Cappella Competition has a list of amazing prizes up for grabs including a masterclass with The Swingles, a new arrangement by Ollie Lambert and of course, a FREE recording session at Windmill Lane, courtesy of Dublin Studio Hub.

Applications are now open for entry and takes less than a minute. Entires are welcome from both large and small ensembles and will be open until 1 June - www.irishacappella.com