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:

Present your competition programme before the competition a panel of qualified international jurors and receive positive and pedagogical feedback 
Rehearse with an internationally acclaimed choral expert
Meet with other choirs from around the world
Perform in front of a large appreciative audience

About the Event 

@Attila Nagy, Mupa , Budapest
In April 2021, Budapest will once again play host to the Budapest International Choir Festival & Competition. This bi-annual event in Italy attracts choirs from all corners of the globe. The festival is set in historic Budapest and is organised by internation choral organiser 'Meeting Music'. The festivities begin on the Friday as choirs begin to arrive and continue throughout the weekend. The festival begins with an afternoon parade and reception for the Jury and Choir conductors.  In the evening, the festival opening ceremony takes place.   During your stay, choirs have the option of taking a number of city excursions. 


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.


Performance Information 

Competitive Participation
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.

Grand Prize

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.


Sample Itinerary

DAY 1 

Choirs arrive in Budapest


Stage rehearsals and Competition Performances


Stage Rehearsals and Competition Performances
Conductors and Jury meeting
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.

This sample itinerary is for information purposes only. All final itineraries are tailored to individual choirs requirements.
Your festival ground arrangements include the following:

• 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!

Tour Manager

• A CCI Tour Manager will be assigned to you for the duration of your booking, to assist in the pre-departure preparations and to assist with any issues during your stay.

Transportation while in Budapest

Choirs usually make their way around the region with the local guide via public transport. However, we can arrange coach transportation for your group as

Flights Options

Once you enquire with CCI you will be given your own dedicated festival planner, and this planner will also assist you with the booking of flights for your group. Choir Contact experienced travel consultants are able to advise you on the most appropriate flight options and will advise best fares at time of booking. We use the most up-to-date modern technology for searching best fares including low cost carriers, allowing us to book you the best flights at the best fares for a fully co-ordinated service. We use both low-cost internet fares and our long-standing relationships with other carries to ensure that we can secure the best travel option for your choir. We will advise you on luggage allowance and all details relating to your flight booking. Travel Insurance CCI recommend that all travellers take out travel insurance at the time of booking.

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