2019 Choral Competitions

 

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Category A: Choral

Closing date for all group applications: 23 November 2018. Successful Applicants will be notified before: 14 December 2018.

Each choir is expected to undertake an additional public performance on either our outside stages on the Eisteddfod field or at other local venues.

A1. Mixed Choirs (Friday 5 and/or Saturday 6 July)*

Mixed choirs of no fewer than 16 voices. Singers must be aged 18 and over on the last day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 12 minutes of music. Programme must include at least one work (original or arrangement) written by a composer from the choir’s native country and at least one unaccompanied work (original or arrangement). Choirs should note that they can combine the native country work and the unaccompanied work, and that at least one original work must be included in the programme. *The day of competition will be decided during selection. Prizes: 1st International Trophy + £750, 2nd £500, 3rd £250

A2. Youth Choirs (Friday 6 July)

This category is open to male, female or mixed youth choirs with a minimum of 16 voices. Singers must be aged 16 to 25 on the last day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 12 minutes of music. Programme must include at least one work (original or arrangement) written by a composer from the choir’s native country and at least one unaccompanied work (original or arrangement). Choirs should note that they can combine the native country work and the unaccompanied work, and that at least one original work must be included in the programme. Prizes: 1st International Trophy + £750, 2nd £500, 3rd £250

A3. Female Voice Choirs (Saturday 6 July)

Female voice only choirs of no fewer than 16 voices. Singers must be aged 18 and over on the last day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 12 minutes of music. Programme must include at least one work (original or arrangement) written by a composer from the choir’s native country and at least one unaccompanied work (original or arrangement). Choirs should note that they can combine the native country work and the unaccompanied work, and that at least one original work must be included in the programme. *The day of competition will be decided during selection. Prizes: 1st International Trophy + £750, 2nd £500, 3rd £250

A4. Male Voice Choirs (Saturday 6 July)

Male voice only choirs of no fewer than 16 voices. Singers must be aged 18 and over on the last day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 12 minutes of music. Programme must include at least one work (original or arrangement) written by a composer from the choir’s native country and at least one unaccompanied work (original or arrangement). Choirs should note that they can combine the native country work and the unaccompanied work, and that at least one original work must be included in the programme. Prizes: 1st International Trophy + £750, 2nd £500, 3rd £250

A5. Open Choirs  (Saturday 6 July)

Female, male or mixed choirs of no fewer than 16 voices. No lower or upper age limits apply in this category. Choirs are required to prepare a programme in one genre only (i.e. barbershop, classical, glee, gospel, jazz, pop, show etc.) of up to 12 minutes of music. Programme must include at least one unaccompanied work. Prizes: 1st International Trophy + £750, 2nd £500, 3rd £250

CHOIR OF THE WORLD: PAVAROTTI TROPHY

Each year some of the finest amateur choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Choir of the World Pavarotti Trophy and £3,000. The winners of competitions A1 to A5 will compete against each other on the final night of competitions, Saturday 6 July. Therefore, it is important that all choirs stay until Sunday 7 July. In the Final each choir is required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 12 minutes of music. At least one unaccompanied work must be included. Competitors are advised to vary their programme from the previous round.

The Jayne Davies Conductor’s Prize of £200 and an International Medal will be awarded to the most inspirational conductor of the Choir of the World finalists.


A6. Junior Children’s Choir (Wednesday 3 July)

Choirs of no fewer than 16 voices. Singers must be aged 12 and under on the last day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 7 minutes of music. Programme must include at least one original work or an arrangement by a living composer. Prizes: 1st International Trophy + £500, 2nd £300, 3rd £150

A7. Senior Children’s Choir (Thursday 4 July)

Choirs of no fewer than 16 voices. Singers must be aged 12 to 18 on the last day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 7 minutes of music. Programme must include a test piece composed especially for this competition by Roderick Williams OBE (approximately 2.5 minutes). The piece will be sung in English. Please contact the Eisteddfod office on +44 (0) 1978 862 003 to obtain a copy from 1st October 2018 onwards.  Prizes: 1st International Trophy + £500, 2nd £300, 3rd £150

A8. Children’s Folk Song Choir (Wednesday 3 July)

Choirs of no fewer than 12 voices. Singers must be aged 18 and under on the last day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a programme of two contrasting choral arrangements of traditional folk songs of the choir’s own country. Programme must not exceed 6 minutes.  Prizes: 1st International Trophy + £500, 2nd £300, 3rd £150

CHILDREN’S CHOIR OF THE WORLD

As a way of celebrating the fantastic work that is done with children and young people, the Eisteddfod has introduced a special Trophy and an additional £500 for the highest scoring choir from categories A6 to A8, and added to this a Conductor’s Prize of £200 for the most inspiring conductor. These prizes will be awarded at the end of the day on Thursday 4 July, and representatives of the winners of categories A6 to A8 are required to be present.


A9. Adult Folk Song Choir (Friday 5 July)

Female, male or mixed choirs of no fewer than 12 voices singing in mixed or equal voice. Singers must be 18 and over on the last day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a programme of two contrasting choral arrangements of traditional folk songs of the choir’s own country. Programme must not exceed 6 minutes.  Prizes: 1st International Trophy and £500, 2nd £300, 3rd £150

A10. A cappella Group (Thursday 4 July)

Open to groups of 4 to 12 members. Any music style is acceptable, but repertoire and choreography must be appropriate for a family show. No instruments of any kind are allowed, and the programme must not exceed 10 minutes. Groups will be provided with microphones if needed and they must not use their own sound, microphones, headsets, processors or sound technicians. Prizes: 1st International Trophy and £300, 2nd £100, 3rd £50