The Festival and Competition are organized by the "Ensemble San Felice", an internationally renowned vocal and instrumental group that has been performing all over Europe for almost 20 years, its concert activity ranging from the medieval to contemporary repertoire.
The 1st edition of FICF took place from 18th to 20th july 2012 in some of the most prestigious places in the historical center of the city.
each Category 3 pieces max. 20 minutes. 

A - Children Choirs (up to 14 years)
B - Youth Choirs (15 – 25 years)
C - Adult Choirs
D - Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles
P - Early Music
E - Children Orchestras (up to 14 years)
F - Youth Orchestras (15 – 25 years)
G - Adult Orchestras
H - Children Bands (up to 14 years)
I - Youth Bands (15 – 25 years)
L - Adult Bands
Chamber Music
M - Children Ensembles (up to 14 years)
N - Youth Ensembles (15 – 25 years)
O - Adult Ensembles

X - Non Competitive Groups
Rules for each category Choirs & Orchestras
1. one work of classical repertoire (for jazz, gospel, pop choirs: one work of the great jazz, gospel, pop international repertoire)
2. one work composed / arranged from the group's country of origin
3. one work of own choice

Rules for each category Bands
1. one work of the great jazz – pop international repertoire
2. one work composed / arranged from the band's country of origin
3. one work of own choice

Rules for each category Chamber Music
1. one work of the Classic Repertoire (1700 – 1900)
2. one work composed / arranged from the group country of origin
3. one work of own choice

After receiving the application form, each group will be contacted by email and receive detailed information on further steps. 

Apply now here!


In each category the jury will assign the following prices:
1st place: Gold Medal, Golden Diploma (at least over 90 points)
2nd place: Silver Medal, Silver Diploma (at least over 80 points)
3rd place: Bronze Medal, Bronze diploma (at least over 70 points)
Diploma of Participation (under 70 points)

1 - The Golden David
2 - The Best Conductor
3 - The Best Male and Female Soloist
4 - The Best Performance of Italian Composer's Work
5 - The Best Performance of Contemporary Composer's Arrangement
6 - The Best Choreography
7 - The Best Traditional Costumes
The Golden David, a very special prize, will assigned to the best Group (Choir, Orchestra or Band) for excellent artistic performance. It consists of a statue of the Michelangelo's David, the emblem of Florence and our Festival. 
All choirs which do not receive a prize will get the Diploma of successful participation in Festival.

Performance will be judged by international jury members,
including conductors, opera singers, composers.
The Jury will judge: intonation, vocal production, interpretation, diction and general artistic effect.
The decisions of the Jury are final.
The Jury, after consideration of all artistic matters, may not award some prizes or may award joint or additional prizes.

The Festival enrollment fee for each choir is 200 euros and 150 euros for every supplemental category, non refundable.
In order to be admitted in the Competition and Festival, the payment of enrollment fee is required.
Each choir is responsible for obtaining copyrights and permission to use all material during their performance at the festival.

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FICF - Florence International Choir & Orchestra Festival

Borgo Ognissanti, 42
50123 Firenze - ITALY
Phone: +39 339 8362788
Registered office:
viale Eleonora Duse, 12 - 50137 Firenze
CF 94182950488 PI 06051270483