Choral Competitions

 

2022 group applications are now closed.

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Category A: Choral

  • Closing date for all group applications: 14 March 2022
  • Successful applicants will be notified by: 14 March 2022
  • First day of the competitions: Thursday 7 July 2022

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

A1. Mixed Choirs (Saturday 9 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 8 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 8 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. Please Note: The winner of this competition will be required to prepare a longer programme of up to 10 minutes for the final, Choir of the World. Prizes: 1st International Trophy + £750, 2nd £500, 3rd £250

A3. Female Voice Choirs (Saturday 9 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 9 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 9 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. folk, 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 (Saturday 9 July)

Female, male or mixed choirs of no fewer than 16 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 at least one item must be in 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 9 July. Therefore, it is important that all choirs stay until Sunday 10 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 (Thursday 7 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 6 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 (Thursday 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 8 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

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 A8, and added to this a Conductor’s Prize of £200 for the most inspiring conductor. These prizes will be awarded on Thursday 7 July, and representatives of the winners of categories A7 to A8 are required to be present.

 

A9. A cappella Group (Friday 8 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 8 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