1. The following Rules are a general list covering the entire competitions. To find a detailed list of rules for each individual competition, please click on that competition within the Competitions page.

  2. Entries must be submitted through our online application system, along with the fee. The closing date for all entries is Tuesday 31st January 2023.

  3. The cut off date for under age competitions is 1st Mar. (e.g.U14 does not mean 14 and under. If you are already 14 on the 1st Mar you are not eligable for an U14 competition and must choose the next age catagory up). The website is programmed to  offer competitions that you are eligable for according to your date of birth.

  4. Competitors in all competitions must be attending Secondary School, but not necessarily taking music lessons in school.

    The four exceptions to this are:Unison or 2 part Primary Choirs, Recorder Solo Primary, Recorder Ensemble Primary, or Primary School Orchestras. These competitions are for Primary Schools.

  5. Primary Pupils may not enter Secondary School competitions, except where there is a preparatory class within the secondary school.

  6. All competitions may be entered only once by an individual competitor. There are two exceptions. 1. An individual competitor may enter a competition twice when competing with two different instruments.(Please show the name of the instrument after your name on each application to clarify the double application) 2. In Chamber music competitions, a performer may participate in two different ensembles, but no more than this.

  7. All competitors (individual & group) must perform ONE piece only which must not exceed 5 minutes.  The adjudicator will time all competitors and any performance exeeding 5 minutes will be disqualified from prize winning. There is one exception to this rule - Primary Orchestras may play two short contrasting pieces not exceeding 5 minutes in total.


  8. In orchestral competitions, all instruments (including piano accompaniment) must be played by students only.

  9. Competitors in ensemble competitions need not be members of the same school.

  10. Competitors are asked to provide their own accompanist, but if a festival accompanist is required an additional charge of €15 for each competition must be included with the entry fee. A complete copy of the piano part must be sent to Interschools Music Festival, WesleyCollege, Ballinteer, Dublin 16 to finalise the booking process. The closing date to recieve accompaniment music is Monday 13th February 2023.

  11. Backing tracks may NOT be used as a means of accompaniment except in Percussion and Rock Guitar Competitions.

  12. A copy of the music must be provided for the adjudicator in ALL competitions, except within Own Performed Song where  a copy of words will be accepted if necessary. Competitors' attention is drawn to the Laws on Copyright which prohibit the unauthorised photocopying of music. The Interschools Music Festival assumes that anybody using photocopies has the permission of the publisher to do so.

  13. Photocopying of music is illegal; this facility will not be available.

  14. If the entries in the Solo Singing Competitions are very large some of the competitions may be run on the Friday afternoon. This generally applies to all U16 singing competitions. Check the schedule for details. 

  15. The timing of Singing Competition Finals will take priority, so in the event of a chosen accompanist not being available, a provided festival piano accompanist must be used.

  16. Unaccompanied Vocal Ensemble and Secondary Level Chamber Orchestra must be performed without a conductor. There is a maximum of 16 performers within each group for these competitions.

  17. All equipment (amps, mics, stands, & drum kit) will be supplied for all  Band Competitions. As a result it is very important to send in the Band Requirement Form giving details of what equipment you may need. This form is available, on the website under Downloads.

  18. All percussion instruments will be provided for Percussion Competitions. Competitors may not bring their own instruments. There will be a warm up time provided for one hour before the start of the earlier Percussion competition. 

Competition Details Page

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Wesley College

Wesley College is the home of the Interschools Music Festival. The school has hosted and run the Music Festival each year since its inception.  Click below for information on Wesley College.

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The Inter Schools Music Festival was the brainchild of Frank Hughes,(former head of Music in Wesley College). The festival has grown from small beginnings in 1975 to the large full weekend event it is now. Click below to find out more.

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