In 1975, Frank Hughes (former Head of Music) undertook a fundraising project to offset the cost of building a pipe organ for the Myles Hall in Wesley College.

He decided to play the organ continuously for an extended period, and to seek sponsorship. He was successful in raising the much needed funds. Additionally, he gained entry to the Guinness Book of Records by playing for 92 hours, beating the previous record by 10 hours. To celebrate the success of the event (financial and physical) a silver trophy was offered to the Wesley College, with the suggestion that some competitive musical evening be organised, of Frank’s choosing.

And so, the Interschools Music Festival was born.

On that first year-1976, Wesley College invited four surrounding schools to come and perform and the first Adjudicator was the Head of the R.T.E. Sports Department!

This happy evening was repeated annually, and, over time it has developed into a tremendous full-scale weekend festival. It now involves pupils from all over Ireland making music in an atmosphere of friendly competitiveness.

Competition Details Page

Please click below to find a full list of the competitions available.

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2020 Preliminary Competition Timetable

Please take note this is a draft timetable for the festival 2020 based on last year's numbers. It is posted to enable competitors to make plans regarding travel etc. The festival schedule giving exact times of competitions will be posted on this website a couple of weeks in advance of the festival. Please be sure to check the timing of your competitions in advance. 

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Application Online

Application Online

The application process is now open for Interschools Music Festival 2020. The closing date is Friday 31st January. Please note that if you have not already registered in previous years, you will need to do so before applying.

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