04th Andrea Del Verrocchio International Choral Festival

Date: 26 - 30 August 2020

Join Choirs and Orchestras from all over the world

About 4th ANDREA DEL VERROCCHIO INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL.

The festival is run by co- founder Leonardo Sagliocca. The Festival concept is focused on Andrea Del Verrocchio. The Festival concept is focused on the person of Andrea del Verrocchio, principally in the choice of venues. Andrea, painter, sculptor and goldsmith, became known by his nickname Verrocchio, from Verocchio, which in Italian means ‘true eye’, a tribute given to him for his artistic achievement. Few paintings are attributed to him with certainty, but a number of important painters were trained at his workshop. His pupils included Leonardo da Vinci, Pietro Perugino and Lorenzo di Credi.
The main aim of the ANDREA DEL VERROCCHIO INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL is to create a great opportunity for cultural exchange between the different geographical and artistic traditions of the participating countries. ANDREA DEL VERROCCHIO INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL is open to all genres of choral singing, even with instrumental presence, according to the rules and categories expressed in the following section.

Florence

Florence – the capital city of Italy’s Tuscany region cradle of the Renaissance, renowned throughout the world as a UNESCO World Heritage city, with its immeasurable heritage of history, architecture and art. With its many galleries, museums and monuments, it is an inspiration to artists to see places such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: August 4, 2020
 
Opening Ceremony: 4 pm
Evening Concert: 9 pm
Day 2: August 5, 2020
 
Competition: 10 am to 2 pm
Evening Concert: 9 pm
Day 3: August 6, 2020
 
Competition: 10 am to 5 pm
Nomination of the candidates for the Choral Grand Prix: 6pm
Evening Concert: 9 pm
Day 4: August 7, 2020
 
Finalists’ Concert for the Choral Grand Prix: 4 pm
Awarding Ceremony: 8 pm
Final Concert: 9 pm
Festival Dinner for all participants, Jury & Staff : 10 pm

 

Performances while in Florence:

All groups participating in the festival will perform in two stages:
  1. The Competition
  2. The Evening Concerts

 

Categories

CHOIRS
 
A Mixed Choirs Adults
 
B Equal Voices Choirs Adults
 
C Youth & University Choirs
 
D Children Choirs
 
E Chamber Choirs, Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles
 
F Sacred Music
 
G Popular, Folk, Gospel, Barbershop, Jazz and Modern Ensembles
 
H Early Music
 
M Modern and Contemporary Music
 
Z Non-competitive Choirs (only concerts)
 
ORCHESTRAS
 
A Adult Orchestras
 
B Youth & University Orchestras
 
C Children Orchestras
 
D Symphonic Orchestras
 
E String Orchestras
 
F Wind and/or Brass Orchestras and Ensembles
 
G Folk, Jazz & Popular Orchestras and Ensembles
 
H Big Band Orchestras
 
I Baroque Ensembles
 
L Orchestra or Ensembles with free instrumentation
 
Z Non-competitive Orchestras and Ensembles
 
Each group will perform 3 pieces. The total performance time must be between 9 and 15 minutes
The programme of the Competition must be minimum of 3 pieces with a maximum duration of 15 minutes.

Category Rules

Categories A, B, C, D, E
  1. one work of classical repertoire
  2. one work composed from the choir’s country of origin
  3. one work of the choir’s own choice
Category F
  1. one work of Renaissance polyphony a cappella
  2. one work composed from the choir’s country of origin
  3. one work of the choir’s own choice
Category G
  1. one work of Italian repertoire with original arrangement
  2. one work composed from the choir’s country of origin
  3. one work of the choir’s own choice
for Jazz Ensembles
  1. one work from the great American Jazz repertoire
Category H
  1. one work composed before year 1400
  2. one work composed before year 1600
  3. one work composed before year 1750
–     minimum one piece must be a cappella
–     one piece must be from the Italian repertoire
–     one piece must be from the choir’s country of origin
 
Category M
 
  1. one work to be chosen among the downloadable pieces in the sections “Renowned Composers” and “Emerging Composers” of this website
  2. one work of modern music (1900-2000)
  3. one work composed after 2000
Category Z (non-competitive)
Prizes
In each category the Jury will assign the following prizes:
1st place: Gold Medal, Diploma
2nd place: Diploma
3rd place: Diploma
SPECIAL PRIZES
Grand Prix for the Best Choir of the Festival: 2.000 Euros and Trophy
Best Conductor: 500 euros, Trophy, Diploma
Best Male Soloist: Trophy, Diploma
Best Female Soloist: Trophy, Diploma
Best Performance of Italian Composer’s Work: Trophy, Diploma
Best Performance of Contemporary Composer’s Work: Trophy, Diploma
ADJUDICATING CRITERIA
Performances will be judged by the international jury whose members include conductors, opera singers and composers, instrumentalists

 

Adjudicating Criteria

Performances will be judged by the international jury whose members include conductors, opera singers and composers.
Choirs will be judged according to the following criteria:
  • Intonation
  • Vocal Production
  • Insieme
  • Interpretation
  • Dynamics
  • Repertoire
  • Diction
  • Overall Artistic Effect

The Jury

The Jury for the Competition will be composed of 5 members.
Another Jury of 5 members, different from the Competition Jury, will decide the Winner of the Choral Grand Prix. According to the mark achieved, Bronze, Silver and Gold Diplomas will be awarded. If the choir does not achieve a Diploma (mark under 65, 01) it will receive a certificate of participation. Each member of the Jury will write a report containing reviews and impressions about the performed repertoire of the choirs. The reports will be sent to the choirs by email.

Diploma

Level

Points

Bronze Diploma

1

65,01 – 70,00

2

70,01 – 75,00

Silver Diploma

1

75,01 – 80,00

2

80,01 – 85,00

Gold Diploma

1

85,01 – 90,00

2

90,01 – 95,00

3

95,01 – 100,00

FINAL CONCERT
The final concert, with orchestra, will focus on a selected repertoire and will be conducted by a famous musician. The repertoire will be communicated soon after the application. This concert is not compulsory but it is a great chance to enhance the artistic skills of the choir.
 
ENROLLMENT FEE
The Festival enrolment fee for each Choir is 200 euros and 150 euros for every additional category, non-refundable. The Festival enrolment fee for each Choir joining only non-competitive concerts (category Z) is 200 euros.
 

Travel and Accommodation 

Accommodation for all choirs and orchestras will be organized by the Festival organisers in single, double, triple, multiple rooms in 2, 3, 4, 5 stars Hotels in the historical centre of Florence. For every group, up to three complimentary free accommodation will be offered according to the number of participants.  On request we can organise a longer stay in Florence with visits to other Italian cities.
The Festival will organize meals for all the choirs and orchestras in typical Florentine restaurants serving traditional Italian food with quick service and inexpensive prices. At the end of the Festival there will be a dinner (offered by the Organisers) for choir and orchestra conductors (up to 2 members for each group), Jury, staff in a very special and historical restaurant in the centre of Florence. All the other participants will have a special dinner-buffet in another venue in Florence.
Application Deadline
Application deadline: 10th January 2020. After receiving the application form, each group will be contacted by email and receive detailed information on further steps. The payment of the enrolment fee must be paid as soon as possible after application.
20th January 2020 – Deadline for the first payment for rooms and board – 40% of the total
10th February 2020 – Deadline for the final payment for rooms and board.
 
Price does not include Flights
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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