What is an IV?


Every year choristers from around Australia (and on occasion from overseas) come together in one of our capital cities (Perth, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra) for the long-awaited two weeks of the IVCF, most commonly referred to simply as “IV”.

Over a day or two, some 100 choristers descend on the city by bike, plane, train, boat, van and car. The Festival begins with a rehearsal camp lasting for the first half of the Festival and involves day-long rehearsals bringing everyone rapidly up to speed with the music for the concerts. Along with the intense rehearsal schedule come the social activities such as the President’s Pyjamas and Revue Night.

When camp is over the Festival moves into the city, pushing the billeting capacity of the local choirs to the limit. The second half of IV sees more rehearsals, and the major concert of the festival – often involving a local orchestra and accomplished soloists. The social activities in the second half include the Academic Dinner, the Post-Concert Party (PCP) and the Farewell Barbecue. At the dinner, speeches are made and the trophies for events are presented. At the Farewell Barbecue people say their goodbyes until the next time and head back off home.

Being part of an IV is generally held to be a fantastic experience, and one to be repeated again and again – indeed, there are many participants in IVs who are no longer attending their local choir but who still return once a year to be part of the AICSA community.

PIV 2017 will be held from 19th to 29th of January 2017. You can read about the music and concerts we will be performing, the rehearsal camp at which we’ll learn most of the music, the various traditional IV events, we’ll be holding, and then when you’ve decided that there’s no way you can afford to miss this festival, you can proceed to the registration page and sign yourself up! Once signed up, you should at least have a look at the necessities page, i.e. the stuff you will need to bring with you.

If, however you’re intrigued or puzzled or confused by anything, please have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list and hopefully everything will start to make sense… but if that doesn’t help, feel free to email our friendly convenor and she will lead you on the path to enlightenment.