Ardú Vocal Ensemble Announce Irish International A Cappella Festival

Ardú Vocal Ensemble Announce Irish International A Cappella Festival

Friday, 14 July 2017, 7.00pm

The Irish International A Cappella Festival is a new three-day music festival in Dublin celebrating the genre of modern a cappella, taking place across various venues in Dublin city between the 14 - 16 of July 2017.


Grammy-award winning a cappella group The Swingles will headline the festival with a performance at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on the final night of the festival - Sunday, 16 July at 8pm.

The festival will showcase some of the best Irish talent in an opening concert at University Church, Stephen’s Green featuring Ardú Vocal Ensemble, International Barbershop Champions 4 in a Bar and Ireland’s A Cappella Competition Winners 2016 The Apple Blossoms and The Ramparts Chamber Choir. - Friday, 14 July at 8pm.

New and existing Irish ensembles will also have the chance to compete for the winning title of Ireland’s A Cappella Competition at Griffith College Conference Centre. The competition will be divided into two categories (small ensemble and large chorus) followed by an evening final at 7pm.

Aside from these main events, the festival will also offer a selection of a cappella music workshops with festival director Ciarán Kelly, composer Ollie Lambert and a masterclass with The Swingles themselves.

Full programme details are available from

Pre-Sale and Exclusive All-Access Passes

Early-bird tickets and all-access passes are now available for a limited time only through


Ticket bundles include;

- Competition Pass for entry into the Ireland’s A Cappella Competition semi-finals and the evening final with prizegiving. €25

- Concert Pass for entry into all three main events. €50

- All-Access Pass for entry into all three main events along with access to day masterclass in a cappella singing, beatboxing and competition. €70


Upon completion of this campaign, remaining tickets will then go on general sale at a higher price. Irish International A Cappella Festival are kindly supported by small grants from Dublin City Council, sponsorship from Dublin Studio Hub, Dublin School of Music, Association of Ireland Choirs with in kind support from RTÉ Lyric FM.

“We have spent a lot of money on securing a high profile headline act as well as the most suitable venues for each day with no expense spared. Many of our Irish acts have kindly given their time for free but it is our intention to make them well looked after, as well as create a financial legacy, allowing us to make this an annual event in Ireland. We are determined to create an event that everyone can be proud of, putting irish a cappella on the map and giving our attendees a weekend to remember! Everything is in place - artists, venues, music - all we need now is people!” - Ciarán Kelly, Artistic Director of Irish International A Cappella Festival.

Support the first ever Irish International A Cappella Festival through

Ardú Vocal Ensemble - Festival Hosts

Ardú Vocal Ensemble are ambassadors for modern a cappella music in Ireland. They have performed throughout Ireland and the UK and specialise in curating unique a cappella events for Irish audiences.

The Ardú and Friends concert series is an annual concert in aid of charity at Christmas and is curated, organised and managed by Ardú. In 2016, €1000 was raised for The Simon Communities of Ireland with two concerts held in Dublin and Belfast. In August 2016, Ardú hosted a series of three concerts from 22-27 August as a trial study of an a cappella festival. This featured the first Ireland’s A Cappella Competition, showcasing over 60 singers with a sold out audience. As part of the series Ardú also performed their new popular music a cappella set to a sold out audience at The Button Factory, Temple Bar.

Ardú were awarded National Vocal Ensemble Champions at City of Derry International Choral Festival 2015 and placed Runners Up in RTÉ Lyric FM ‘Choirs for Christmas’ Competition 2015. Their debut album NOVA was released in Nov. 2015 and has since been featured on RTÉ Lyric FM, BBC Radio Ulster, Newstalk FM, Dublin City FM and RTÉ Radio One. Ardú will feature as part of the upcoming MusicTown festival 2017 with a unique 360 degree immersive performance of Allegri’s Miserere at Dublin City Hall. More info:

The Swingles - Headline Act

For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, The Swingles are recognised as masters of their craft.

In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music. The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the Swingle Singers to fame. Since then, they have won five Grammy® awards and appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks, including Sex and the City, Milk, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee. Their repertoire has grown to include a huge variety of music, including new original songs, and they have released more than 50 recordings – most recently the audacious Deep End and holiday album Yule Songs vol. II.


Released in March 2017, The Swingles’ latest project is Folklore, a diverse collection of folk music from around the world, inspired by their international travels and featuring collaborations with traditional artists. With creative arrangements that transport these well-loved songs into the group’s unique and rich sound world, the results are powerful and surprising.

Published on 19 March 2017

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