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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.

 

COMPETITION CATEGORIES
each Category 3 pieces max. 15 minutes.

 

Choirs
A - Mixed Choirs Adults
B - Equal Voices Choirs Adults
C - Youth Choirs
D - Children Choirs
E - Chamber Choirs
F - Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles
G - Sacred Music
H - Popular, Folk, Gospel, Barbershop Ensembles
I - Jazz and Modern vocal ensembles
L - Early Music
M - Modern and Contemporary Music

 

Orchestras
A – Children Orchestras
B – Youth Orchestras
C - String Orchestras
D - Chamber Orchestras
E - Symphonic Orchestras
F - Instrumental Ensembles
G - Mixed Ensembles (Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles)
H - Orchestras with Dance
I - Baroque Ensembles (Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles)
L - Folk Music Ensembles

 

Bands
A - Youth Big Bands
B - Big Bands
C - School Bands
D - All Female Bands
E - Boys Bands
F - Marching Bands
G - Military Bands
H – Fife and Drums
I - Brass Ensembles
L1 - Jazz Ensembles
L2 - Jazz Bands
M – Rock Bands


 
Rules for each category Choirs


Categories A, B, C, D, E, F, G
1. one work of classical repertoire
2. one work composed from the choir's country of origin
3. one work of own choice

Category H
1. one work of italian repertoire with custom arrangement
2. one work composed from the choir's country of origin
3. one work of the choir's own choice 
 
Category I 
1. one work from the great American Jazz repertoire
2.  one work by a composer from the choir's home country
3.  one work of the choir's own choice
 
Category L

1. one work composed before year 1400
2. one work composed before year 1600
3. one work composed before year 1750

- minimum one piece must be a cappella
- one piece must be from italian repertoire
- one piece must be from the choir's country of origin

Category M

1. one obligatory work composed by Luis da Fonseca, Winner of the 4th International Competition of Choral Composition "Ennio Morricone", organizers will send the scores
- for Children Choirs
- for Female Choirs
- for Male Choirs
- for Mixed Choirs
2. one work of modern music (1900-2000)
3. one work composed after 2000

- minimum one work must be a cappella

 

Rules for each category Orchestras

 

Categories A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H
1. one work of classical repertoire
2. one work composed from the group country of origin
3. one work of own choice 

 

Category I
1.  one work by a composer from the group home country
2.  two works of the group own choice

 

Rules for each category Bands


Categories A, B, C, D, E
1. one work of classical repertoire
2. one work composed from the group country of origin
3. one work of own choice 

 

Category I, L
1. one work from the great American Jazz repertoire
2.  one work by a composer from the group home country
3.  one work of the group own choice


 

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

Apply now here!

PRIZES

In each category the jury will assign the following prices:

1st place: Gold Medal, Golden Diploma
2nd place: Silver Medal, Silver Diploma
3rd place: Bronze Medal, Bronze diploma

SPECIAL PRIZES

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 Contemporary Composer Arrangement
6 - The Best Choreography
7 - The Best Traditional Costumes
 
The Golden David, a very special prize, will assigned to the best Choir or Ensemble 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.

JURY

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.
 
ENROLLMENT RULES

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.
 
COPYRIGHT
Each choir is responsible for obtaining copyrights and permission to use all material during their performance at the festival.

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Contact Us

Florence International Choir Festival

Address:
Via Campoli, 29
50020 Mercatale in Val di Pesa, Firenze - ITALY
Phone: +39 339 8362788
E-mail: info@florencechoirfestival.com
Registered office:
ENSEMBLE SAN FELICE
viale Eleonora Duse, 12 - 50137 Firenze
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