The Centre of Initiatives of Tolosa organizes for the 52nd time this event according to following Rules:

This competition is open to all amateur choirs, except in the category of Vocal groups which can be professional. The amateur qualification does not concern the conductors of the choirs

DATES

28th of October: Arrival of the groups

29th of October – 31st of October : Competition

1st of November: Closing Act, with the obligatory participation of the awarded choirs in each modality.

2020

52th EDITION

From 29th of October to 1st of November

CATEGORIES AND MODALITIES

The competition is developed according to the following categories:

Category 1 – Chamber Choirs

Category 2 – Children’s Choirs

 

CATEGORY 1 – CHAMBER CHOIRS

In this Category, Choirs of Mixed Voices and Equal Voices made up of a minimum of 20 singers and a maximum of 40 can participate. The choir breaking these number limits will be penalized, as it is explained in point 11.

The programmes to be performed at the contest in this Category must be finally approved by the Artistic Committee of the Contest.

The participants have the obligation to participate in the following modalities:

  1. Modality I: BASQUE SONG AND POPULAR MUSIC
  2. Modality II: POLYPHONY

MODALITY I: BASQUE SONG AND POPULAR MUSIC

a) Obligatory rendering

  • Mixed Choirs:
  • Equal Choirs: ITSASOA LAINOA DAGO, Josu Elberdin (1976).

b) A popular Basque composition or an Original composition with text in Basque language

c) A Folklore work from the choir’s country of POPULAR CHARACTER.

d) Works of popular character (Folklore, Jazz, Pop, Show-choir…).

  • It is allowed the use of a small instrumental accompaniment. The organization will only provide a piano.
  • The programme to be performed (including the obligatory score) will last, at least, 15 minutes and, at most, 20 minutes of real singing time (applauses and pauses are not included). The choir breaking these time limits will be penalized as it is explained in point 10.

MODALITY II: POLYPHONY

a) Obligatory rendering ;

  • Mixed Choirs: LAUDATE PUERI, Javier Busto (1949)
  • Equal Choirs: BIZITZAREN BASOAN, Eva Ugalde (1973)

b) A piece composed before 1800.

c) A piece composed between 1801 and 1980.

d) A piece composed after 1980.

  • The programme to be performed (including the obligatory score) will last, at least, 15 minutes and, at most, 20 minutes of real singing time (applauses and pauses are not included). The choir breaking these time limits will be penalized as it is explained in point 10.
  • If the maximum 20 minutes time of performance is not reached, other supplementary songs may be chosen.
  • The mixed choirs must present a repertoire for 4 or more voices.
  • It is recommended that one unique song, either from section “c” or “d” has a small instrumental accompaniment. The organization will only provide a piano. The rest of the programme must be performed exclusively “a cappella”.
  • None of the songs will last more than half of the total performance time
  • At least one of the presented songs has to be from the choir’s native country.
  • It is recommended that the songs belong to different and varied styles and characters

 

CATEGORY 2 – CHILDREN’S CHOIRS

  • 2.1 Within this Competition Children’s Choirs will be considered those that are composed of a minimum of 20 singers and no more than 40 singers. The choir breaking these number limits will be penalized, as it is explained in point 11.
  • 2.2 The Children should be born after the 1st November 2003. A 10 per cent of them may be also 17 years, but not more. The choir that does not observe these terms will be eliminated.

2.3 Each of the participating choirs should perform the following compositions:

a) Obligatory rendering: KOLOREZKO KAIOLA, David Azurza (1968)

b) A popular Basque composition or an Original composition with text in Basque language.

c) 2 or 3 free choice works.

  • Apart from use of piano in the obligatory piece, it is allowed the use of 4 instruments at most in one song. The organization will only provide a piano. The rest of the programme, except the Compulsory Score, must be performed exclusively “a cappella”.
  • The programme to be performed (including the obligatory score) will last, at least, 12 minutes and, at most, 15 minutes of real singing time (applauses and pauses are not included). The choir breaking these time limits will be penalized as it is explained in point 10.
  • The programme to be performed at the contest in this Category must be finally approved by the Artistic Committee of the Contest.

 

PRIZES

The following prizes will be given for each Modality:

1º Prize: Gold Medal and 1.000 EURO.

2º Prize: Silver Medal and 750 EURO.

3º Prize: Bronze Medal and 500 EURO.

 

TOLOSA CHORAL CONTEST KUTXA “GRAND PRIX”

The European “Grand Prix” for Choral Singing is a Contest organized by the International Choral Contests of Arezzo in Italy, Debrecen in Hungary, Maribor in Eslovenia, Tours in France, Varna in Bulgay and Tolosa.

The choirs winning in any of these Contests will compete in 2021 in TOURS (France), for the European “Grand Prix” for Choral Singing.

All the choirs participating in any of the several Contests within this 52st Tolosa Choral Contest compete, at the same time, to obtain this Tolosa Choral Contest Kutxa “Grand Prix” awarding the nomination to the European “Grand Prix” representing Tolosa. The prize is 2.000 EURO which will be given at the moment of his participation in the European “Grand Prix” for which has been nominated.

The conditions to obtain the aforesaid nomination are the following:

  • To have obtained the maximum scoring of the Contest in any of the various Categories.
  • It must be made up of a minimum of 12 singers.
  • It must be a choir made up of non-professional singers exclusively.
  • Not to be nominated previously, on that same year, in any of the other contests of the Grand Prix.

 

HELP FROM THE ORGANIZATION

For distances over 200km, the Organization will cover the lodging expenses (bed and meals), from the dinner of 28th October to lunch of the 1st November, 2020.

The travelling expenses to Tolosa will be at charge of the participating group.

INSCRIPTIONS 2020

52TH EDITION

Applications to take part in this Competition are now open. The deadline will be the 15th of May, 2020. The application should include the following documents

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SPECIAL PARTNERS

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PARTNERS

Agua de Insalus
Colegio Hirukide Jesuitinak
Convento de Santa Clara
Distribuciones Mendieta
Euskalherriko Abesbatzen Elkartea

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Iglesia de los Franciscanos
Industrias Borobil
Kaiz Lorategia
Sociedades Populares de Tolosa
Udaberri Dantza Taldea

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