Launch of Fingal International Festival of Voices
The Fingal International Festival of Voices (FIFOV) was launched on 4 December 2019 in the chapel of Swords Castle, the capital of Fingal. The Mayor of Fingal, Eoghan O’Brien, officiated at the function and the Festival’s Artistic Director, Michael T. Dawson, outlined the programme and some of the international groups who have already committed to participate.
To mark the occasion, those attending were entertained by the music of national Barbershop champions, Lady Barbalade, soloist Dónal Kearney and a young quartet from the Fingal Youth Choir calling themselves 4tune.
This coming March, Balbriggan will host the first ever Fingal International Festival of Voices. Choirs and small ensembles from North America, Europe and Ireland will converge alongside storytellers and folk singers, promising a wonderful weekend of music, tall tales and competition. Under the Artistic Direction of Michael T. Dawson, this Festival is due to become a staple on the Fingal calendar with dates set for the next five years.
There will be a wide range of music and entertainment for all tastes, culminating with one adult ensemble winning the Fingal Grand-Prix trophy, designed by an Irish artist, and €3000. The Award will be made before a packed audience in Balbriggan’s St Peter and Paul Church, home to the stunning Harry Clarke stained glass windows.
This Festival is dedicated to bringing communities together with storytelling and song. The FIFOV team is passionate about the positive impact of singing together. It connects people and creates community. - Dónal Kearney, co-founder of Fingal Academy of Music
The competitions include school choirs, workplace choirs, folk music, sacred music, small ensembles, barbershop chorus and open categories. Details on the competitions, prizes, and how to register can be found at https://www.fingalfestivalofvoices.com/competition.
Central to the festival’s mission of inclusivity is the non-competitive performance category which will welcome the delightful “Forget-me-Nots” choir, among others.
Already, choirs from all over the island of Ireland, Belarus, Canada and the U.S.A. have registered to participate in Fingal International Festival of Voices. Registration is now open at www.fingalfestivalofvoices.com. The Closing Date for entries to the 2020 Festival is 31st January 2019.
The festival is focused on celebrating diversity and will provide a platform for individuals and communities from home and abroad to showcase their culture in locations across Fingal. Workshops and classes on singing, conducting and story-telling will be available to anyone attending the festival and will be led by our national and international guests.