From August 22 to 26, the International Polyphonic Competition Guido d’Arezzo returns to Arezzo for its 71st edition: six days of concerts, competitions, workshops, and in-depth exploration of the world of choral music on an international level.

This year too, there’s renewed international interest in the event, as evidenced by the participation of 13 choirs in the competition:

Hots Abesbatza, Basque Country – Spain

The Archipelago Singers, Tangerang Selatan – Indonesia

VU-Kamerkoor, Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Coro da Camera di Torino, Turin – Italy

Coro Musicanova, Rome – Italy

Palawan State University Singers (PSUS), Puerto Princesa City – Philippines

Coro de Dones de la Universidad de Ia Islas Baleares (UIB), Palma – Spain

Coro Feminino do Conservatório do Vale Suousa (CVS), Lousada – Portugal

Rondo Vocal Ensemble, Wrocław – Poland

Evoke, London – United Kingdom

Lund Academic Choir, Lund – Sweden

New Dublin Voices, Dunboyne, Meath – Ireland

Madrid Youth Choir, Madrid – Spain

A week of concerts, competitions, conferences, and masterclasses with a focus on the world of choral music will take place at the following venues:

Caurum Hall – Auditorium Guido d’Arezzo 

Basilica di San Domenico 

Chiesa dei Santi Michele e Adriano 

Teatro Pietro Aretino 

Fortezza Medicea 

Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo



Tuesday, August 22, 9 AM – 1 PM / 3:30 PM – 7 PM, and Wednesday, August 23, 9 AM – Chiesa di SS. Michele e Adriano Masterclass by Maestro Ambrož Čopi in collaboration with the KGBL Choir (Slovenia) for the Choral Conductors School of the Guido d’Arezzo Foundation.

Wednesday, August 23, at 3:30 PM, and Thursday, August 24, at 9 AM, Teatro Pietro Aretino International Conference of Studies, “Heritage and Perspectives of Contemporary A Cappella Choral Music” organized by the Guidoniani Study Center of the Guido d’Arezzo Foundation

9 PM – Chiesa San Domenico, opening concert by the KGBL Choir (Slovenia), awarded “Best Choir” and “Best Conductor” at the International Competition in Hong Kong, conducted by Maestro Ambrož Čopi.

Choirs in the province  – 9 PM Sansepolcro, The Archipelago Singers (Indonesia).

Thursday, August 24, 3:30 PM – Caurum Hall – Auditorium “Guido d’Arezzo” Section 3 – Secular music program.

Friday, August 25, 9 AM – Caurum Hall Auditorium “Guido d’Arezzo” Section 1 – Mandatory program.

Friday, August 25, 3:30 PM – Caurum Hall Auditorium “Guido d’Arezzo” Section 2 – Sacred music program.

Friday, August 25, 9 PM – Fortezza medicea Section 5 – 38th International Folk Singing Festival.

Choirs in the province  – 9 PM Castiglion Fibocchi (Rondo Vocal Ensemble, Poland) .

Choirs in the province  – 9 PM Castel Focognano (Lund Academic Choir, Sweden).

Saturday, August 26, 9 AM – Caurum Hall Auditorium “Guido d’Arezzo” Section 4 – Monographic Renaissance program – In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of W. Byrd (1543-1623).

Saturday, August 26, 4:30 PM: Grand Prix Guido d’Arezzo – Caurum Hall Auditorium “Guido d’Arezzo”.

7 PM: Award ceremony.

Admission is free until seating capacity is reached.