Festival 2017 is not going to be held.

Thank you for your understanding.

8. – 11. May 2017

The Czech concert and travel agency CTA Prague is organizing an International choir competition as a part of this festival.
Concerts of participating choirs as a part of the festival will take place in chosen churches and halls of the Czech capital.

All registered non professional ensembles and soloists may participate.

Conductors and choirs from all over the world are hearty invited to this international music show.
Prague – our Golden City awaits you.

Patronage:
The Capital Prague Municipal Authorities
The Czech Singing Choirs Union

Program Application

Categories:
I.     CHILDREN´S CHOIRS (up to 16 years, at least 20 members)
II.   YOUTH CHOIRS (up to 25 years, at least 20 members)
III. ADULT CHOIRS (at least 16 members)
IV.  MUSICA SACRA
V.   FOLK SONG
VI.  INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES

All participating choirs can compete with another programme in the category IV. and with folk songs in the category V. too.

COMPETITION CONDITIONS

The competition programme for cat. I. – III.:
1) a free chosen piece of the 16th – 18th century
2) a free chosen piece of the 19th century
3) a free chosen piece of the 20thcentury
4) further free chosen pieces
The competition programme for the category IV. is free (only sacred music).
Also for the category V. is competition programme free, folk songs from all over the world.

The time limit of the competition programme is 12 – 15 minutes.

APPLICATION (download) DEADLINE IS THE FEBRUARY 28, 2015
to the Festival secretariat with the following:
– a short history (10 lines, in English!)
– a good photograph
– recent recording (min. 2 compositions, also live)
– the competition programme (incl. duration) with original componist names
– the copy of the bank transfer

Lots of registered ensembles is going to take place on March 6, 2015.

JURY AND PRIZES
Jury consists of three international recognized professional artists in each category.

The criterions on which the marking will be based are:
1) Technical merit: difficulty, perfection, intonation, articulation, rhythm, phrasing
2) Artistic interpretation: sound of ensemble, stylistic fidelity, interpretation, dynamics and suggestivity.
3) Programme choice

The decision of the Jury is irrevocable. Conductors will receive respective critiques after the end of the competition in writing.

Ensembles willl be awarded marks from 1 to 30. Ensembles with 25 – 30 marks will be awarded in the gold zone, with 20 – 24,9 marks in the silver zone and with 15 – 19,9 marks in the bronze zone. Ensemble with most marks will be announced as a Laureate of the competition.

All ensembles will be awarded Diplomas, the category winners will receive quality cups of the Bohemian crystal glass.
The Festival Laureate is obliged to perform at the final ceremony.

Scores
It is necessary to submit at least one score of compositions you will sing to the Jury before your performance.

Competition fee
is € 170.00 per ensemble and category I. – VI. Participation in every another category is 120.00 EUR.

This fee must be received by the current account of the Festival secretariat by February 28, 2015.

EXPENSES
Travelling and accomodation costs are at the expense of participants. The office of the accomodation organizer is at your entire disposal to make your travel arrangements (see please registration form).

Festival fee
Attention, please! EUR 30.00 per person is relevant to the foreign choirs, which do not book stay programme and accomodation through the festival organizer.

Festival badge
(which includes programme book too) authorizes entry to all festival events and to the closing festival programme. Obligatory for all participants. Price EUR 6.00 (it is already included in our stay prices).

We look forward to meet you in Prague!

Michal Švarc, festival manager