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Rimini Choral Competition

Rimini Choral Competition - VOLENDO VIAGGI

Welcome to Rimini, the capital of hospitality and culture!

With great pleasure we organise a new edition of the ‘City of Rimini International Choral Competition’ (RICC2015), which will take place from 24 to 27 September 2015.

Choral music, especially in the last few years, has improved In quality thanks to the precious and tireless contribution of thousands of supporters. It is no longer a subject for only a niche audience but, on the contrary, has gained an important place in the musical field.

The aim of the Rimini Choral Competition Is not only to have groups competing against one another, but also to present to the audience the characteristics and diversities of each choir and repertoire. The event will take place in the beautiful setting of this ancient Roman city, well-known for the beauty of its beaches and rich in monuments from a splendid past.

The organizers will be happy to welcome you to Rimini to celebrate together the beauties of music and friendship.

SEE MORE INFORMATION ON THE SITE:  http://www.riminichoral.it/welcome/

Timetable of the Competition

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24th 2015
11:00 – 18:00: Welcome and registration of the Choirs (Theatre Novelli)

15:00: Choral Competition (Class E - Sacred Music – Church of San Giovanni)

21:00: First non-competitive Concert (Theatre Novelli)

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25th 2015
Morning and Afternoon: Welcome and registration of the Choirs (Theatre Novelli)

9:30: Choral Competition (Class A - Equal Voices Choirs – Theatre Novelli)

15:00: Choral Competition (Class D - Folk, Spiritual, Gospel – Theatre Novelli)

21:00: Second non-competitive Concert (Theatre Novelli)

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26th 2015
9:30: Choral Competition (Class C - Children and Youth Choirs – Theatre Novelli)

16:30: Sung Service at the Church of St. Agostino
21:00: Concert in Riccione for two selected choirs
21:00: Third non-competitive Concert (Theatre Novelli)

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27th 2015
9:30: Choral Competition (Class B - Mixed Choirs – Theatre Novelli)
17:30: Social party and meeting with the jury for the Conductors and 2 Delegates for each Choir

21:00: Choral Competition (Class X - Grand Prix) – Awarding and Closing Ceremony – Theatre Novell 

Rules of the Competition

Rules of the Competition - VOLENDO VIAGGI

Enrolments and requested documents for the Rimini International Choral Competition must be sent by the Entry e-Form before the 31 May 2015 at the latest.

Enrolments will be registered in order of arrival. Enrolments are subject to the approval of the organizing Committee whose decision will be confirmed to both selected and non-selected choirs by e-mail no later than one week after receiving the application. The groups selected must confirm their application by e-mail as soon as possible, and will then receive a circular giving all further details.

Then, they will need to :

a) Pay an application fee of 100 Euros (for each choir and for each category chosen) as described in detail at the bottom of the Rules.

b) Send not later than the 31 May 2015 the Repertoire e-Form and, by registered post not later than the 15 June 2015, five copies of each work chosen for the class or the classes entered, included the six further copies of the scores for the class X, the Grand Prix (in the event the Choir achieves the final round). Copies of the scores will not be given back.

No enrolments will be considered complete until all these formalities have been met.

 

1 - Classes

The Rimini International Competition includes five normal Classes (A, B, C, D, E) and a special Class (X).

The same competing Group may participate in not more than three normal Classes, if it wishes.

A - Equal Voices Choirs (Male or Female)

B - Mixed Voice

C - Children and Youth Choirs (Male, Female and Mixed. Singers maximum age is 20 years old. It is accepted that not more than 10% of the singers may have more than 20 years but anyway no more than 24 years. The Organizers reserve the right to check the age and to evaluate single cases)

D - Folk or Gospel/Spiritual Choirs (Male, Female or Mixed)

E - Sacred Music (Mixed, Equal Voices, Youth and Children Choirs)

X - "Grand Prix City of Rimini” Competition (the winners and runners-up from each of the classes, A, B and C - if their mark is at least 80,01 points or higher - must be prepared to compete in this class).

 

 

 Number of Singers

Minimum

Maximum

Class  A 

7

unlimited

Class   

7

unlimited

Class   

12

unlimited

Class   

7

unlimited

Class  E 

7

unlimited

 

2 - Prizes

At the outcome of each competition, the following prizes will be awarded:

 

1st PRIZE 

2nd PRIZE 

3rd PRIZE 

Class  A 

Trophy

Medal

Medal

Class   

Trophy

Medal

Medal

Class   

Trophy

Medal

Medal

Class   

1.000 €, Medal

Medal

Medal

Class   

1.000 €, Medal

Medal

Medal

Class  X 

5.000 €, Medal

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The Jury will not assign any ex-aequo prize.

The first prize-winners of classes A, B, C will receive a trophy specially hand-crafted for the Competition. The first prize-winners of classes D and E will receive a golden medal plus a money prize of 1.000 Euros. The second prize-winner of classes A, B, C, D, E will receive a solid silver hand-made medal. The third prize-winner of classes A, B, C, D, E will receive a solid bronze hand-made medal.

The winner of the "Grand Prix" (class X) will receive the medal given by the President of the Italian Republic. (if it will be given this year too)

Other prizes:

Prize "Emilia Romagna Region": Diploma and plaque by the President of the Emilia Romagna Region to the best Choir Director of the X class.

The Committee reserves the right to add other prizes.

Choirs will be judged according the following criteria:

INTONATION
FIDELITY TO THE SCORE
SOUND QUALITY
PROGRAMME CHOICE
OVERALL ARTISTIC IMPRESSION

The jury may award a maximum of 100 points for each choir, as follows:
95,01-100,00:            Outstanding
85,01-95,00:              Excellent
80,01-85,00:              Very Good
75,01-80,00:              Good
65,01-75,00:              Moderate

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

 

Repertoire of the Competition

CLASSES A (Equal Voices) and B (Mixed Choirs): The programme choice, for Classes and B, is left to each ensemble, but it must include four works, as follow:

a) One piece by a composer of the Renaissance, Baroque or Classical period. The Jury will evaluate especially fidelity to style.

b) One piece written after 1900.

c) Two pieces chosen freely from any period desired.

The total duration of performed repertoire must be between 11 and 15 minutes of pure singing time (that is, the duration of the performed pieces excluding applause and going onto or leaving the stage). The choir must sing at least 2 pieces "a cappella" (without any instrumental accompaniment).

 

CLASS C (Youth and Children Choirs): The programme choice for Class C, is left to each ensemble, but it must include four works, as follow:

a) One piece written before 1900, sung in any language, performed a cappella or with instrumental accompaniment.

b) Two pieces written after 1900 by composers of the same Country of the choir. At least one of the two pieces must be sung in the original language of the composer and at least one of the two must be performed a cappella.

c) One piece chosen freely from any period desired and in any language, performed a cappella.

The total duration of performed repertoire must be between 11 and 15 minutes of pure singing time (it is the duration of the performed pieces excluding applause and going onto or leaving the stage) The choir must sing at least 2 pieces "a cappella" (without any instrumental accompaniment).

 

CLASS D (Folk, Spiritual, Gospel): The programme choice for Class D, is left to each ensemble, but it must include four works, as follow:

a programme including choral arrangements of folk and traditional songs from the choir's native country OR spirituals and gospels.

An English translation of the lyrics or a summary of each score must be sent. The use of idiophonic or ethno-musicologically or historically justified instruments is allowed. The combination of (stylistically justifiable) choreographic movements together with singing is also permitted and desirable. This may deserve special merits. The total duration of performed repertoire must be between 8 and 12 minutes of pure singing time (it is the duration of the performed pieces excluding applause and going onto or leaving the stage).

 

CLASS E (Sacred Music): The programme choice, for Class is left to each ensemble, but it must include four works, as follow:

a) One piece by a composer of the Renaissance, Baroque or Classical period. The Jury will evaluate especially fidelity to style.

b) One piece written after 1900.

c) Two pieces chosen freely from any period desired.

The total duration of performed repertoire must be between 11 and 15 minutes of pure singing time (that is, the duration of the performed pieces excluding applause and going onto or leaving the stage). All the repertoire, having entirely sacred text, must be performed "a cappella", without any instrumental accompaniment.

 

CLASS XThe winners and runners-up (second place) from classes A, B and C, if their mark is at least 80,01 points or higher, must be prepared to compete in class X and may not use any piece from an earlier class.

The programme choice for Class X, is left to each ensemble, but it must include three works:

a) One piece written before 1900.

b) One piece written after 1900.

c) One piece chosen freely from any period desired.

The total duration of performed repertoire must be between 7 and 10 minutes of pure singing time (it is the duration of the performed pieces excluding applause and going onto or leaving the stage) The choir must sing at least 2 pieces "a cappella" (without any instrumental accompaniment).

  • No Choir may sing the same repertoire in two or more different classes of competition (A, B, C, D, E). Choir Conductors are kindly requested to abstain from performing their own works in classes A, B, E. Nevertheless Choirs may perform arrangements and elaboration by their Conductors.
  • Choirs will be penalized by two points for not respecting the time limits set out in the above rules.
  • Accompaniment may be provided by a piano or other instrument / instruments. Recorded accompaniment is not allowed.
  • Subsequent to repertoire entry a choir may not change its repertoire nor the order in which it will be sung.
  • Five copies of each piece of music (six for the X category) must be enclosed with the repertoire entry form. Copies of the scores will not be given back.