Irish International A Cappella Festival

Irish International A Cappella Festival

Friday, 14 July 2017, 7.00pm

Ardú Vocal Ensemble announce new Irish International A Cappella Festival 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 St. Finian’s Lutheran Church 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 barbershop group 4 in a Bar, festival composer Ollie Lambert and a masterclass with The Swingles themselves!

“As contemporary a cappella audiences throughout the world continue to grow, it is only right that Ireland stands with the rest on an international level. By bringing The Swingles to Dublin we hope to inspire hundreds of vocal enthusiasts who may not have heard their unique sound before. With so many performance opportunities for Ireland’s A Cappella Competition entrants and performances by the best a cappella artists Ireland has to offer, IIACF is sure to be an a cappella feast for everyone - We can’t wait!” - Festival Director Ciarán Kelly.

Full programme details and tickets are available from

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 first place at the Cork International Choral Festival 2017 in both the National Chamber Choir & Vocal Ensembles and Light, Jazz & Popular Music categories. They were previously 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.

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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.


Friday 14th July
A Cappella Evensong with Ardú - St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin 8 at 5pm.
Admission Free

Festival Opening Gala Concert feat. Ardú, 4 in a Bar, The Apple Blossoms and The Ramparts Chamber Choir - St. Finian’s Lutheran Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 at 8pm.
Admission €20 (€15 concession)
This concert is being recorded by RTÉ lyric fm for future broadcast.

Saturday 15th July

Ireland’s A Cappella Competition Semi-Final - Griffith Conference Centre, Dublin 8 at 2pm-4:30pm
Admission Free

4 in a Bar - A Cappella Seminar - Griffith Conference Centre, Dublin 8 at 4:30pm
Admission Free

Ireland’s A Cappella Competition Final & Award Ceremony
- Griffith Conference Centre, Dublin 8 at 7pm
Admission €10 (€8.50 concession)

Sunday 16th July

Masterclass with The Swingles - Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8 at 11am
Admission Free

Create Your Own Ensemble Workshop with Ollie Lambert - Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8 at 2pm
Admission Free

The Swingles Live in Concert & Closing Ceremony - Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Admission €30 (€25 concession)
This concert is being recorded by RTÉ lyric fm for future broadcast.


Published on 19 March 2017

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