European Grand Prix For Choral Singing Association
GENERAL COMPETITION RULES
Article 1 – THE EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX FOR CHORAL SINGING is organized by the six international contests which follow: ARREZO (Italy) – DEBRECEN (Hungary) – MARIBOR (Slovenia) – TOLOSA (Spain) – TOURS (France) – VARNA (Bulgaria).
Article 2 – It takes place every year in turn in each of the six cities above mentioned, the date being arranged by the organizer.
Article 3 –The choirs that can take part in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing are those who won the Grand Prix at any of the six contests the previous year. Under exceptional circumstances, a substitute choir may be called.
As soon as a choir has been qualified by one of the Competition members, it cannot be qualified again in the same year.by another Competition member.
Article 4 – Qualified choirs must perform in the same group/category as in the contest won (mixed choir, female choir, children’s choir …)
Article 5 – All the choirs that take part in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing must participate with the same number of choristers that they had for the qualification contest. However a margin of 10% more or less of this number of choristers is allowed (enlarged to the nearest integer: decimals from 1 to 5 go down and from 6 to 9 go up) with a minimum of 12 choristers and a maximum of 50 choristers (10% included). If these limits are not respected the choir will be automatically disqualified.
Article 6 – It is reminded that only the Amateur choirs may take part in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing.
Article 7 – The programme is up to the choirmaster and it should include various works throughout times and styles. The length of the whole programme (music only!) should not be shorter than 22 and not longer than 26 minutes.
If these margins are not respected the choir will be punished by deduction of points (up to 1 minute – 1 point, up to 2 minutes – 2 points …)
The Instrumental accompaniment should not exceed ten minutes.
Article 8 – The winning choir is granted the appellation “EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX FOR CHORAL SINGING – WINNER” with specification of the year. The choir will be awarded an honorary diploma and Trophy. A financial prize in the amount defined by the host contest may be also given to the winning choir.
The “Festival des Choeurs Lauréats” (partner of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing) will offer the winning choir:
– An invitation to perform some concerts in the surroundings of Vaison la Romaine (France).
– An important indemnity for these concerts which will be stated by the “Festival des Choeurs Lauréats”
– Travel expenses to be determined together by the winning choir and the Festival.
– The Festival will provide all accommodation, meal and travel expenses at Vaison la Romaine and in the surroundings.
The other competing choirs will be awarded a smaller copy of the Trophy and a Diploma mentioning them as finalist of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing.
Article 9 – The winning choir of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing cannot be nominated for another EGP finale in the following two years.
Article 10 – Except case of force circumstances, a choir that refuses to take part in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing will be banned from any of the six contests organized by the cities mentioned in article 1 following the European Grand Prix that the choir did not take part in.