16th Concorso Corale Riva del Garda Festival & Competition
Date: 28 March - 01 April 2020
Join Choirs from all over the world at the 18th Budapest International Choir Festival
Festival highlights include:
About the Event
Budapest is one of the most magnificent cities in Europe. Admire the magnificent architecture of Hungary’s parliament building, walk the famous Andrásy Avenue – starting from the historic Heroes Square and stretching almost as far as the St Stephen's Basilica. See the city sights on a city tour, as you are chauffeured along Budapest's elegant boulevards to Heroes’ Square, across the mighty Danube and up to Gellert Hill. Look out over the famous river dividing Buda and Pest - the two sides linked by the Chain and Elizabeth Bridges. Visit the Castle District and enjoy the amazing views from the Fisherman’s Bastion over the exquisite Parliament building, one of the largest in Europe. During your free time, spend the afternoon at the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci utca where the city’s fine museums and monuments, churches and synagogues, historic squares and buildings are within easy reach or enjoy a relaxing visit to one of Budapest's famous thermal baths, literally an institution in Budapest! It is here, “by the beautiful blue Danube,” that the Budapest Music Festival takes place.
B – without requirements: A1 Mixed Choir
*Meeting in Music Friendship Concert Performance is included
Arriving on day one means that the choir will not be able to participate in the opening concert. The main performance venue will be the BMC (Budapest Music Centre à https://www.bmc.hu/), which is very centrally located. Opening and Closing events are currently planned for the müpa Budapest (https://www.mupa.hu/). There are some hotels which are located in walking distance to the BMC, for the müpa, public transport is recommended.
EP - C Evaluation Performance | for Competing Choirs
• present your competition programmme before the competition
• perform before a panel of qualified international jurors who provide prompt positive artistic and pedagogical feedback
• evaluation will not influence competition results
Number of singers according to category rules
Singing time according to category rules
Accompaniment according to category rule
IC Individual Coaching | for all choirs
Rehearse with an internationally acclaimed choral expert for stimulating artistic and interpretive guidance. For an effective rehearsal, choirs are asked to prepare one piece in advance.
Number of singers unlimited
Coaching time approx. 45 minutes
FC meeting in music Friendship Concerts | for all choirs
Perform in concerts together with other international choirs. Friendship Concerts give choirs the opportunity to get acquainted with each other and to provide enjoyable entertainment and time in a friendly atmosphere. We advise you to select your programme in this spirit. Choirs may opt to participate in Friendship Concerts ONLY.
Number of singers unlimited
Singing time maximum 20 minutes
Accompaniment allowed (piano or e-piano can be provided upon request)
Category B | without requirements
B1 - Mixed Choirs
B2 - Male Choirs (T(T)B(B))
B3 - Female Choirs (S(S)A(A))
Programme: Three (3) pieces of the choir’s own choice from different musical periods, with different character.
Age of singers minimum 16 years
Number of singers minimum 4
Singing time maximum 15 minutes
Accompaniment All pieces can be performed with instrumental accompaniment.
GP | Grand Prize Competition
Two (2) freely chosen a cappella pieces which must differ from the ones already performed in the competition programme; the music scores of these two pieces must be approved by the artistic director. Please, choose pieces which best reflects the choirs abilities and knowledge and have an entertainment value for the audience and jury alike.
Participants Category winners with a result over 23 points, and choirs with special awards over 23 points are entitled to take part at the Grand Prize Competition.
Age of singers according to category rules
Number of singers according to category rules
Singing time maximum 8 minutes
Accompaniment & Amplicfication Both pieces has to be performed a cappella. Amplification of the voices is allowed according to the category rules.
InChoral evaluation system
The InChoral evaluation system was presented at 2015 Budapest International Choral Competition. It preserves all the advantages of the well-known evaluation concept that I worked out while introducing new criteria to provide a more efficient assistance to choirs’ learning with a more detailed and perspicuous evaluation system. Beside other aspects the jury will give choirs a feedback about the programme dramaturgy, the selection, difficulty etc. In evaluating a choir, taking all the criteria into account, we aim at finding a most desirable proportion of various elements to provide a realistic feedback on the choirs’ performance. This new generation of choir competitions are united under the auspices of InChoral – Interna tional Choral Festival Network – and focus on cultural exchange, getting acquainted with one another and a shared musical experience, beside well-deserved success of the choirs.
According to the score, Bronze, Silver, and Golden Diplomas will be awarded. In case the choir does not achieve a diploma, the choir will receive a Certificate of Participation. The choir with a Golden Diploma and the highest score in each category becomes the Category Winner.
Category winners and choirs both with a result over 23 points can be nominated by the jury for the Grand Prize Competition.
Umbrella categories S, F and P as well as A4 and B4: The jury can nominate more choirs depending on their genre (Female, Male, Mixed, Children‘s Choir, etc.). With a result of 23, 00 or more points they can be awarded with a prize equal to the category winner and have the chance to sing for the Grand Prize. The winner of the competition will be awarded the Budapest Grand Prize endowed with 2.000 Euros (three thousand Euros). Special Prizes: The jury may award special prizes for outstanding performances and unique presentations. Choirs with the longest tradition or choral singing may achieve a diploma of honour.
Grand Prize Competition and Awards ceremony
Check out of the hotel and depart for your flight home.
Friendship concerts, individual coaching and evaluation performances coaching take place throughout the event on various days.
• 4 nights in 3* or 4* hotel in Budapest with breakfast included
• Return airport transfer with local guide assistance on arrival
• Participation in your chosen competition categories and activities
• Scheduled stage rehearsal(s) for your choir
• Placement in additional rehearsal spaces (as available)
• Complimentary copy of jurors evaluation documents, 1 per choir
• Complimentary copies of the official programme book
• Preparation of your choir’s specific itinerary
• Participation in one meeting in music concert with other choirs in Budapest
• Participation pass for the competition and for meeting in music Concert
• Participation in the Opening, Award and Closing Ceremonies
• Competent assistance and support on-site from our international & local team
• Conductors & Jury Meeting:
o Reception for two choir representatives with a small buffet
o One to one discussion with the jury members - this is a valuable opportunity to have your programme reviewed and discussed!
Transportation while in Budapest
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