Florilège Vocal de Tours - 48° edition MAY 2019

Mairie de Tours - 3 rue des minimes, Tours

Florilège Vocal de Tours - 48° edition MAY 2019

Unique international choral song competition organized in France, the Florilège Vocal de Tours welcomes every year choirs from the entire world. Small or big ensembles, mixed or equal voices, they are judged by an international jury composed by choral song personalities. The jury awards, amongst other prizes, the highest reward: le Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours. During 3 days, a wide audience of music lovers takes part to a festival where voices of the world unite to offer wonderful moments of musical harmony.

Candidates

The 48th edition of the Florilège Vocal de Tours will be held from May 31st to June 2nd 2019.

The competition is open to :
– Vocal ensembles
– Equal voices ensembles
– Mixed choirs
– Small vocal ensembles

Category I : Choirs (mixed or equal voices) 25 to 36 singers
Category II : Vocal Ensembles (mixed or equal voices) 4 to 24 singers

INTERNATIONAL CHORAL MUSIC COMPETITION
- HOW TO ENTER
Entries for the International Choral Music Competition (see Entry Form below) should be sent by e-mail by November 15th, 2018 at the latest.
The choirs not selected by the artistic committee will receive their notification before January 15th, 2019.
The choirs selected will be informed by January 1st, 2019 at the latest. They will have to confirm their participation by email by January 10th, 2019 at the latest. In case of non-confirmation, choirs on the waiting list will be selected.
In the course of January the selected choirs which have confirmed their participation will receive a post mail with the following request:
- pay the entry fee of €250 and participation fee €10/person (non-refundable),
- pay a deposit of €200, which will be refunded by cheque or SWIFT1 transfer when the competition is over2,
- pay the cost of the four meals (Friday May 31st diner, Saturday June 1st lunch and diner, Sunday June 2nd evening buffet (€32/person),
- send the musical program of all rounds (annexe 1) as well as the scores of all selected works in six copies in February 28th 2019 at the latest,
The titles of the works and the names of the composers must be indicated in French or in English.
(These scores will be given back to the choirs at the end of the Florilège Vocal except for one copy that we keep in our archives)
The Florilège Vocal de Tours will regard the entry procedure as completed only when all the above formalities have been carried out.

RULES
The International choral music Competition (adults) comprises 2 categories.
Choirs take part in one of them only.

Category I: Choirs (mixed or equal voices) -> 25 to 36 participants
Category II: Vocal Ensembles (mixed or equal voices) -> 4 to 24 participants
The competition is open to all singers above the age of 15 on May 30th, 2019.

COMPETITION
The International Competition 2019 falls into four parts:
I. Compulsory program in the evening of Friday May 31st 2019
II. Renaissance competition (optional) in the afternoon of Saturday June 1st 2019
III. Free program in the evening of Saturday June 1st 2019,
IV. "Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours" competition in the afternoon of Sunday June 2nd 2019.
Every chosen work should be sung in the original language.
Encores are strictly forbidden.
In the compulsory program or in the free program a work will be staged and not conducted.
A work in the free or compulsory program will be the arrangement of a popular song (rock, pop, international variety, traditional song).
Each mixed vocal choir or equal voices choir will have to sing, in the free or compulsory program, a work of Patrick Burgan, French composer.
(http://www.patrick-burgan.com)

I. COMPULSORY PROGRAM
Each program will last rigorously between 16 and 18 minutes. For the two categories the program will include at least:
- Three works of different periods of which one has to be composed after 1990.
- One of these works has to be accompanied, up to 5 instruments are allowed. Only one piano will be available on stage.
- One of these works at least will be of a French composer.
II. FREE PROGRAM
Each program will last rigorously between 16 and 18 minutes.
The chosen works will have to be different from the compulsory items.
The Audience prize will be awarded during the free program.
III. GRAND PRIX DE LA VILLE DE TOURS
The Jury will select the best choirs to take part in the “Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours”. At the end of this round the “Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours” will be awarded to the choir whose performance has been judged to have been the best throughout the competition.
The chosen choirs will present a program of their choice lasting rigorously between 20 and 24 minutes.
This program should include at least:
- a work from a French composer,
- a work accompanied by 1 to 5 instruments. Only one piano will be available on stage.
The chosen works should originate from at least 3 different periods.
Only two works already sung during the previous rounds may be repeated.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOUR STAY
I. TRAVEL
Choirs taking part will pay their own travel costs.
II. ACCOMMODATION
Free of charge accommodation (based on 2 persons per twin bedroom) will be provided to those choirs which confirm they are taking part - if they reply within the time-limit to the first circular and if they are up-to-date with the entry formalities.
For an upper level hotel category (3 or 4*), the group might contact us to info@globfestival.com which will process to the booking and will mention the amount to be paid to the Florilège Vocal de Tours.
Accommodation is available for:
- the conductor,
- duly notified Singers,
- one or two drivers if the choir is coming by coach from a long distance.
Any additional person will be paid for by the choir.
Accommodation is for 3 nights maximum (Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday).
Choirs may arrive in Tours on Thursday evening if they wish, but in that case they must bear the costs of accommodation.
Choirs choosing to leave Tours after the final concert on Sunday evening should inform the organisers at least two months in advance.
Choirs will bear the costs of any extension of their stay.
Choir groups may wish to make arrangements for their own accommodation but it will be at their expense. The Florilège Vocal de Tours should be kept informed.

Each choir should take out the necessary insurance to cover all third party risks.
The interested choirs can extend their stay by invitation of nearby municipalities avid to welcome a choir having participated in the Florilège Vocal de Tours. Thank you for specifying it at the time of registration.


Application Form

- HOW TO ENTER
Entries for the International Choral Music Competition (see Entry Form below) should be sent by e-mail by November 15th, 2018 at the latest.
The choirs not selected by the artistic committee will receive their notification before January 15th, 2019.
The choirs selected will be informed by January 1st, 2019 at the latest. They will have to confirm their participation by email by January 10th, 2019 at the latest. In case of non-confirmation, choirs on the waiting list will be selected.
In the course of January the selected choirs which have confirmed their participation will receive a post mail with the following request:
- pay the entry fee of €250 and participation fee €10/person (non-refundable),
- pay a deposit of €200, which will be refunded by cheque or SWIFT1 transfer when the competition is over2,
- pay the cost of the four meals (Friday May 31st diner, Saturday June 1st lunch and diner, Sunday June 2nd evening buffet (€32/person),
- send the musical program of all rounds (annexe 1) as well as the scores of all selected works in six copies in February 28th 2019 at the latest,
The titles of the works and the names of the composers must be indicated in French or in English.
(These scores will be given back to the choirs at the end of the Florilège Vocal except for one copy that we keep in our archives)
The Florilège Vocal de Tours will regard the entry procedure as completed only when all the above formalities have been carried out.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOUR STAY
I. TRAVEL
Choirs taking part will pay their own travel costs.
II. ACCOMMODATION
Free of charge accommodation (based on 2 persons per twin bedroom) will be provided to those choirs which confirm they are taking part - if they reply within the time-limit to the first circular and if they are up-to-date with the entry formalities.
For an upper level hotel category (3 or 4*), the group might contact us to info@globfestival.com which will process to the booking and will mention the amount to be paid to the Florilège Vocal de Tours.
Accommodation is available for:
- the conductor,
- duly notified Singers,
- one or two drivers if the choir is coming by coach from a long distance.
Any additional person will be paid for by the choir.
Accommodation is for 3 nights maximum (Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday).
Choirs may arrive in Tours on Thursday evening if they wish, but in that case they must bear the costs of accommodation.
Choirs choosing to leave Tours after the final concert on Sunday evening should inform the organisers at least two months in advance.
Choirs will bear the costs of any extension of their stay.
Choir groups may wish to make arrangements for their own accommodation but it will be at their expense. The Florilège Vocal de Tours should be kept informed.

Each choir should take out the necessary insurance to cover all third party risks.
The interested choirs can extend their stay by invitation of nearby municipalities avid to welcome a choir having participated in the Florilège Vocal de Tours. Thank you for specifying it at the time of registration.