2020 Choral Competitions

 

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2020 group applications close 29 November 2019

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Category A: Choral

  • Closing date for all group applications: Friday 29 November 2019
  • Successful applicants will be notified by: Friday 13 December 2019
  • First day of the competitions: Tuesday 7 July 2020

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 (Saturday 11 July)

Mixed choirs of no fewer than 16 voices. Singers must be aged 18 or over on the first day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 10 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

A2. Youth Choirs (Friday 10 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 first day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 10 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 11 July)

Female voice only choirs of no fewer than 16 voices. Singers must be aged 18 or  over on the first day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 10 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

A4. Male Voice Choirs (Saturday 11 July)

Male voice only choirs of no fewer than 16 voices. Singers must be aged 18 or over on the first day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 10 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 11 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) of up to 10 minutes of music. Programme must include at least one unaccompanied work. Prizes: 1st International Trophy + £750, 2nd £500, 3rd £250

A6. Show Choirs (Friday 10 July)

Female, male or mixed choirs of no fewer than 20 voices. No upper or lower age limits apply in this category. Choirs are required to prepare a contrasting programme up to 10 minutes (in which one item must be from the musical theatre genre) which must include a fusion of choral singing with stage choreography (dance or otherwise) in which all performers take part. The performance must be appropriate for a family show. Choirs should note that they can include items that are native to their own country. 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 A6 will compete against each other on the final night of competitions, Saturday 11 July. Therefore, it is important that all choirs stay until Sunday 12 July. In the Final each choir is required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 10 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.


A7. Junior Children’s Choir (Wednesday 8 July)

Choirs of no fewer than 16 voices. Singers must be aged 12 or under on the first 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

A8. Senior Children’s Choir (Tuesday 7 July)

Choirs of no fewer than 16 voices. Singers must be aged 12 to 18 on the first day of the competitions. Choirs are required to prepare a contrasting programme of up to 7 minutes of music.  Prizes: 1st International Trophy + £500, 2nd £300, 3rd £150

A9. Children’s Folk Song Choir (Tuesday 7 July)

Choirs of no fewer than 12 voices. Singers must be aged 18 and under on the first 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 A7 to A9, and added to this a Conductor’s Prize of £200 for the most inspiring conductor. These prizes will be awarded on Wednesday 8 July, and representatives of the winners of categories A7 to A9 are required to be present.


A10. Adult Folk Song Choir (Friday 10 July)

Female, male or mixed choirs of no fewer than 12 voices singing in mixed or equal voice. Singers must be 18 or over on the first 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

A11. A cappella Group (Thursday 9 July)

Open to groups of 4 to 20 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