Tolosa Choral Contest

This international choral contest has been held in Tolosa every year since 1969, always around the time of All Saints’ Day on 1 November.

Its aim is to bring together the best choirs in the world, in order to enable an exchange of styles, interpretation, choral literature, vocal education and customs of each country, as well as to raise awareness of the musical and cultural tradition of the Basque Country.

The competition, responds to a clear need in our society, in that it offers the choral community a chance to come together to share their music and learn about the latest happenings in a range of different styles, schools and periods.

Over the decades, the competition has become one of the most important choral events in the world and to date, almost 1.200 different choirs from all over the world have come to Tolosa to make their music.

In addition to their participation in the competition, the choirs will also be performing all over the Basque Country, giving a total of over 80 concerts. The overriding atmosphere is unique and extremely convivial, making the whole experience a pleasurable one for both the audience and performers alike.