The Centre of Initiatives of Tolosa organizes for the 51st time this event according to following Rules:

DATES

30th of October: Arrival of the groups

31st of October – 2nd of November: Competition

3rd of November: Closing Act, with the obligatory participation of the awarded choirs in each modality.

2019

51th EDITION

From 31st of October to 2nd of November

CATEGORIES AND MODALITIES

The competition is developed according to the following categories:

Category 1 – Chamber Choirs

Category 2 – Vocal Groups

 

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: NEGUAN ORBELA, de Xabier Sarasola (1960).
  • Equal Choirs: MAITIA, de Iker González Cobeaga (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: BUSCANDO MIS AMORES, de David Azurza (1968)
  • Equal Choirs: NUNC DIMITTIS, de Albert Alcaraz (1978)

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 – VOCAL GROUPS

  • Vocal groups made up of a mínimum of 4 and a máximum of 16 singers may take part and could be male, female or mixed groups. The choir breaking these number limits will be penalized, as it is explained in point 11.
  • The groups may be amateur as well as professional, with no age limit.
  • During your performance the Vocal Group might change some of its components up to a maximum of four singers. In case this rule would not be fulfilled, the group would be eliminated.
  • The programmes to be performed at the contest in this Category must be finally approved by the Artistic Committee of the Contest.
  • 2.5 All the participating groups must take part in two modalities:
    1. Modality I: RELIGIOUS MUSIC
    2. Modality II: SECULAR MUSIC

MODALITY I: RELIGIOUS MUSIC

The groups will have to perform a free selection programme with religious text. In this programme, they must include at least:

a) One work composed before 1800

b) One work composed between 1801 and 1980

c) One work composed after 1980

MODALITY II – SECULAR MUSIC

  • The groups will have to perform a free selection programme with non religious text. In this programme, they must include at least:

a) One work composed before 1800

b) One work composed between 1801 and 1980

c) One work composed after 1980

  • The programme to be performed in each one of these Modalities will last, at least, 15 minutes and, at most, 18 minutes of real singing time (applauses and pauses are not included). The choir that breaking these time limits will be penalized as it is said in point 10.
  • If the maximum of 18 minutes time of performance is not reached, other supplementary songs may be chosen.
  • The songs must be performed “a cappella”, and the use of any melodic or percussion instrument is completely forbidden.
  • None of the songs will last more than half of the total performance time.
  • At least one of these compositions must be from the native country of the group.
  • – It is recommended that the songs belong to different and varied styles and characters.

 

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 “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 2020 in DEBRECEN (Hungary), for the European “Grand Prix” for Choral Singing.

All the choirs participating in any of the several Contests within this 51st Tolosa Choral Contest compete, at the same time, to obtain this Tolosa Choral Contest “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 27th October to lunch of the 1st November:

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

INSCRIPTIONS 2019

51TH EDITION

Applications to take part in this Competition are now open. The deadline will be the 15th of May, 2019. The application should include the following documents

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Agua de Insalus
Colegio Hirukide Jesuitinak
Convento de Santa Clara
Distribuciones Mendieta
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Iglesia de los Franciscanos
Industrias Borobil
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Sociedades Populares de Tolosa
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