Béla Bartók 29th International Choir Competition and Folklore Festival
8-12th July 2020, Debrecen, Hungary
The Municipality of Debrecen announces to host the Béla Bartók 29th International Choir
Competition and Folklore Festival between 8-12th July, 2020.
Founder and Honorary Life President of the Competition:
President of the Competition:
- Csaba Somos
Máté Szabó Sipos
Director of the Competition:
Organizers of the Competition:
- Főnix Event Organizing Public Benefit Status NP LTD
1. Aims and purposes of the Competition:
to present and perform pieces of contemporary choral music in an intelligible and convincing way
to popularize high-level collective singing and vocal folk music
to encourage the relationship between contemporary music and the general public as well as to extensively familiarize the values of choral music
to promote the meeting of composers and choral artists of different nationalities
to support the international publicity of the cultural wealth of Debrecen
2. Terms and conditions of participation
The Béla Bartók 29th International Choir Competition is open to both amateur and professional choirs. Choirs may enter the competition in maximum two categories, moreover are welcome to participate in the accompanying folklore festival.
Singers who might be members of several choirs are only allowed to sing in one ensemble in each category of the contest.
Choirs may enter the competition in the following categories, with the number of members and age-limits indicated below:
NUMBER OF MEMBERS
||Maximum age limit: 15 years*
(born after 8 July 2005)
|max. 50 singers|
||Maximum age limit: 21 years*
(born after 8 July 1999)
|Youth equal voices: max. 50 singers|
Youth mixed choirs: max. 50 singers
(female ans male choirs)
|Minimum age limit: 18 years for female choirs
(born before 8 July 2002)
|max. 40 singers|
||Vocal ensembles: max. 12 singers|
Chamber choirs: 16 - 24 singers
max. 50 singers
*10 percent of the number of singers in a choir may be 1 year older at the most
The Artistic Committee reserves the right to cancel any of the categories in case of fewer than three entries in the category.
3. Rules and Regulations
Only „a cappella” works
may be presented at the competition. The use of an untuned percussion
instrument is allowed in one piece in each round of the competition as
long as it can be considered as an integral part of the given piece and
its use is indicated in the score submitted. Even in such cases a
previous approval from the Artistic Committee is also required. (The
competition for the Grand Prize is an exception to this rule. See
Chapter 5 of the Competition Announcement)
The competition consists of a semi-final and a final round. In each round, competitors must present one compulsory piece and a selection of optional works
(free choice). In both the semi-finals and the finals the competing
choirs must start their programme by performing the compulsory work,
followed by the optional pieces. (For time limits of the programme see
3.1 Compulsory works:
the semi-final and the final rounds of each category, a set piece -
written by a Hungarian composer - is to be performed.
||Miklós Kocsár: Csili-csali nóták II. Áll a ladik… III. Birka-iskola
||Ede Terényi: „…cum dulci jubilo”
||YOUTH EQUAL CHOIRS
||Béla Bartók – Bánat
||Péter Andorka: Laudate Dominum
(Universal Music Publishing EMB - 14942)
||YOUTH MIXED CHOIRS
||György Orbán: Nunc dimittis
(Ars Nova - AN051)
||Jenő Pertis: Három szerelmes vers I. Nehéz szívem II. Altató
||József Karai: Hodie Christus natus est
(Akkord – A-K 102)
||Levente Gyöngyösi: Missa Lux et Origo - Sanctus
(Kontrapunkt - K-0146)
||Sándor Szokolay – Három epigramma régi stílusban
Editio Musica Budapest (13483)
||Béla Bartók – Székely dalok (movements 2., 3., 4.)
Editio Musica Budapest (4675)
||Márton Levente Horváth: Nunc dimittis
||Péter Tóth: Trois beaux oiseaux du paradis
||Ilona Meskó: Vivat, crescat, floreat!
(Universal Music Publishing EMB 14826)
||János Vajda: Jubilate Deo
||Rezső Ott: Romeo’s Farewell
(Universal Music Publishing EMB - 15049)
||Miklós Csemiczky: Deus creator omnium
(Ars Nova - AN017) (Sulasol)
3.2 Optional works
Composition of the programme:
The optional programme in both the semi-finals and the finals must contain solely contemporary choral works composed after 26th September 1945 (i.e. the date of Bartók's death) + Bartók.
It is compulsory to perform at least one composition written after 1990 in each round.
including a piece written after 1st January, 2015 in their programme,
automatically enter the competition for a special prize to be awarded
for the best interpretation of a contemporary piece . (See chapter 6)
Choirs are required to perform a piece written by a foreign composer (who is not a native of their country of origin) in their optional programme.
optional programme should facilitate the demonstration of the artistic
qualities of the choirs in a complex and comprehensive way.
3.3 Time limits of the performances
The time frame (excluding the
duration of applause, rearrangement) allowed for the performance of the
optional programme in both rounds is as follows:
- Children's Choirs, Youth Choirs, Equal voices and Vocal Ensembles
minimum 8 minutes, maximum 10 minutes,
- Chamber Choirs and Mixed Choirs
minimum 10 minutes, maximum 12 minutes
The compulsory piece(s) shall not be considered in the time limits specified above. (See also Jury Regulations, Chapter 2.3)
3.4 Other regulations
3.4.1. The scores of the compulsory pieces shall be sent to the choirs – in accordance with the number of participants – after their application has been accepted and the registration fee has been received.
3.4.2. We wish to call your attention to copyright
responsibilities. Concerning the copyright and publishing rights of the
performed works, all responsibility shall rest with the individual
choirs. The organizers shall not take any responsibility for any breach
of such rights.
3.4.3. The compulsory as well as the optional works must be performed in the original key, with the following exceptions:
- a different key version written by the composer,
- the composer's instruction referring to the same effect.
In such cases the jury must be informed in advance, at the same time provided with the composer's instruction and the differing score version.
3.4.4. Compositions performed at the competition must be sung in the original language or in an official translation.
3.4.5. Optional works, or any movements previously performed in the programme of the semi-final may not be performed again in the finals. If a choir competes in two categories, the optional works (movements) of their choice may not be the same for both categories.
3.4.7. The order of appearance in the competition will be decided by the Organising Committee by drawing lots.
3.4.8. Changes in the submitted and accepted programme may be implemented not later than 1st March, 2020. Such changes should be approved by the Artistic Committee
3.4.9. Conductors are kindly requested to the careful
consideration of the Competition’s choral traditions with a notable
past and to refrain from performing pieces that exaggerate the acoustic
effects and spectacular elements.
4. Prizes of the Competition
CHILDREN'S CHOIRS, YOUTH CHOIRS
- 1st prize - 1.200 €
- 2nd prize - 1.000 €
- 3rd prize - 800 €
EQUAL VOICES, VOCAL ENSEMBLES / CHAMBER CHOIRS
- 1st prize - 1.400 €
- 2nd prize - 1.200 €
- 3rd prize - 1.000 €
- 1st prize - 1.600 €
- 2nd prize - 1.400 €
- 3rd prize - 1.200 €
5. Grand Prize of the Béla Bartók 29th International Choir Competition
The Organizing Committee announces a competition for the
of the Béla Bartók 29th International Choir Competition
The amount of the prize: 2.000 €
The conductor of the grand prize
winning choir is awarded 500 € as a special prize, at the same time gets
invited to the jury of the Béla Bartók 29th International Choir Competition in 2020.
The competition for the Grand Prize is open for
choirs earning the first place in their own categories. In case the
winner of the given category does not wish to enter the competition or
no first prize has been awarded, the choir taking the second place may
compete for the Grand Prize. If a choir wins first prizes in several
categories, it may enter the competition for the Grand Prize in only one
category. In such case it will represent the category it has received a
higher score of points.
Choirs are supposed to indicate their intention to enter the contest for the Grand Prize, provided they meet the necessary requirements, when applying for the competition. In such case choirs are kindly requested to submit the scores of their Grand Prize programme electronically. Official entries for the Grand Prize need to be submitted during the course of the competition, following the announcement of the results (the official announcement of a victory in the given category) in each category. The competition for the Grand Prize is held only if a minimum of three choirs have been entered.
The order of appearance in the competition for the Grand Prize shall be the following:
- Children's Choir
- Youth Choir
- Equal voices
- Vocal Ensemble / Chamber Choir
- Mixed Choir
In the competition for the Grand Prize, a selection of works composed in the 20th and 21st
centuries may be performed. The quality and the level of difficulty of
the performed pieces must reflect the spirit and traditions of the Béla
Bartók International Choir Competition. It is especially desirable to
choose pieces written by composers from the turn of the millennium.
Choral works with musical accompaniment may also be
performed in the programme for the Grand Prize but with a maximum of
five instrumental participants. Only one piece or
movement the choir has performed in the general competition may be
repeated here with the maximum time limit of 8 minutes at the most. The
conductors of eligible choirs wishing to enter the contest for the Grand
Prize must receive an approval of their programme from the Artistic
Committee. Music scores of the programme shall be submitted in 11
The net time limit („pure singing time”) for the programme is minimum 12 and maximum 15 minutes.
The winner of the Grand Prize is invited to the
Competition for the “European Grand Prix for Choral Singing” held in
every year alternately in Arezzo, Debrecen, Maribor, Tolosa, Tours and
Varna. This competition is organized for the Grand Prize winners of the
six respective choir contests to compete for the European Grand Prix.
The Grand Prize winner of the Béla Bartók 29th International Choir Competition will be invited to the competition for the “European Grand Prix for Choral Music” (EGP) 2021.
6. Special prizes
A special prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary piece may be awarded to one choir for the high-quality and authentic rendering of a piece written after 1st January 2015 as part of their optional programme.
The jury may also grant additional prizes offered by cultural or musical institutions and various sponsors.
Besides competition prizes, the jury shall present a certificate to the winning choirs. All choirs participating in the competition shall receive memorial certificates.
7. International Folklore Festival
All participating choirs are welcome to sing at the concerts of the folklore festival.
Choirs are expected to perform traditional folk songs in the form of unisono or polyphonic singing, with or without instrumental accompaniment to demonstrate the living traditions of their respective countries. Modern adaptations of original folk tunes may also be presented.
Performances in national costumes would be greatly appreciated by the audience and the organizers alike.
The net time (“pure singing time”) allowed for the presentation is minimum 10 and maximum 12 minutes.
The choirs participating in the folklore festival shall be awarded folklore diplomas by the jury.
8. Concerts in church buildings - Musica Sacra
On the closing day of the competition (Sunday, 12th
July 2020), all participating choirs are invited to sing during Church
Services or Holy Masses of different religious denominations in Debrecen
and its vicinity. Choirs are requested to arrange a programme of
ceremonial music containing at least three short compositions.
9. Registration and Application
Applications for the Choir Competition are required to be submitted electronically as well as by mail in two steps:
Please indicate your intention to participate at the competition via email at email@example.com
, or at our website: http://www.bbcc.hu/registration
issuing your request to participate, the registration email should also
contain a brief presentation of the choir (no more than 1200
will be informed about their successful registration at the same time
will be provided with a detailed guideline on how to arrange and submit
their competition material.
To be forwarded:
1 copy of application form per category (If the
choir enters several categories separate application forms are required
for each additional category).
a short English introduction about the choir in a publishable quality (ca. 800-1200 characters)
- a short English introduction about the conductor of the choir in a publishable way (no more than 400 characters)
a list of the names of those arriving (choir members, conductors, escorts)
in the case in children's and youth choirs, dates of birth should also be indicated
3 digital photos of 300 dpi about the choir, and 2 digital photos about the conductor(s)
the scores of the optional pieces in 5 copies
(bound and arranged in the order of performance), with the following
data: composer's name, date of birth, year of composition and the pure
singing time of the piece
a minimum 15-minute-long recording of an a cappella
programme of contemporary choral works (all good quality audio formats
are accepted) from the last one year of the choir
a short English description of the contents of the optional pieces
Application materials will not be returned to the participants, as they need to be retained for documentary reasons.
To promote the competition and the choirs, short, introductory videos are warmly welcome to allow the audience to get to know the participating groups before the competition starts. The promo materials submitted or shared via the internet may introduce the choirs even in an informal, funny way, thus providing the audience with the peculiarities of each ensemble. Why don’t you make use of this promotional opportunity? The materials of each registered choir will automatically be uploaded on our home page and on our social networking pages. The most gripping ones will even be awarded.
Application deadline of the Béla Bartók 29th International Choir Competition
30th November 2019
Application material is considered valid and
complete when all necessary data and attachments have fully been sent
electronically and by mail not later than the application deadline.
The Organizing Committee reserves the right to refuse incomplete or delayed applications.
Béla Bartók International Choir Competition
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10. Conditions of participations
10.1.1 Invited choirs
It is the Artistic Committee that shall decide on the choirs to be invited to the contest considering the artistic quality of the submitted entry materials. The performing members of the invited choirs (numbers as specified under chapter 2), and their conductor shall be provided with accommodation in Debrecen from the beginning to the end of the competition free of charge by the Organizing Committee.
The service begins on 8th July 2020, 12.00 and ends on 13th July 2020, 10.00 (a.m.).
The invited choirs, both from abroad and from Hungary, shall be accommodated in youth hostels.
Should any choir wish to stay in a hotel, the
difference in price between the youth hostel and the hotel (see below)
is to be paid not later than on arrival at the Competition Office. If
you prefer hotel accommodation please indicate it in your application.
Expenses of higher quality accommodation:
Breakfast, VAT and taxes are included.
|5* Hotel - single room
|5* Hotel - double room
|4* Hotel - single room
|4* Hotel - double room
|3* Superior Hotel - single room
|3* Superior Hotel - double room
|3* Hotel - single room
|3* Hotel - double room
The accommodation of higher quality and any other
additional services booked can only be modified or cancelled free of
charge by 8th June 2020 at the latest. If modified or cancelled later, the additional charges resulting from the modification are to be paid.
10.1.2 Choirs with no invitation, escorts, and folklore festival only
of sufficient artistic quality – attested by the Artistic Committee -
wishing to participate in the contest, but not invited at the expense of
the organizer, shall have to pay a reduced accommodation fee.
The same practice applies to the escorts accompanying
the choirs and to those ensembles who wish to participate solely in the
Reduced accommodation prices:
|5* Hotel - single room
|5* Hotel - double room
|4* Hotel - single room
|3* Hotel - single room
|3* Hotel - double room
|Youth Hostel, rooms with 2 - 3 bed
Breakfast (excluding youth hostels!) VAT and tourist taxes are included in the price.
10.2.1 Invited Choirs
The performing members of the invited choirs (numbers as specified under chapter 2) and their conductor/s shall be provided with half-board catering (breakfast and dinner) in Debrecen from the beginning to the end of the competition free of charge by the Organizing Committee.
The service begins on 8th July 2020 with dinner and ends on 13th July 2020 with breakfast.
Full board may be requested – at the choirs' own expense- whose difference in price is to be paid not later than on arrival at the Competition Office. Further information on requesting full board please inquire at the competition office.
Request for the extra meals can only be modified or
cancelled free of charge by June 8th 2020 at the latest. If modified or
cancelled later the additional charges resulting from the modification
are to be paid.
10.2.2 Choirs with no invitation, escorts, and folklore festival only
Visitors belonging to this group may request half-board (breakfast and dinner) catering at 16€ /person/day. For further information regarding other fees of additional catering, please contact the Competition Office.
Any prices published in this announcement are only for information and liable to change. However, if any such change should occur, participants shall be notified directly.
10.3 Registration fee
receiving a confirmation of acceptance of the application for the
competition, invited choirs are requested to transact the registration
fee within a period of 15 days to the following address:
Name and address of bank: OTP Bank Nyrt. 4025 Debrecen, Pásti u. 1-3.
IBAN: HU17 1176 3385 2498 3882 0000 0000
In the comment box, please write the following: " Registration fee for the Béla Bartók Choir Competition"
Account holder: Főnix Rendezvényszervező Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft. (H–4026 Debrecen, Hunyadi u. 1-3.)
Registration fee depends on the number of the
competing choir members, it is 20€ per person, which has to be paid
after each performing choir member and the conductor(s).
Minimum amount of the registration fee is 450€ per choir
Participants sending their application material by 30th September 2019 at the latest are offered a special early bird registration fee of 15€ per person by the Organizing Committee with a Minimum amount of 350€ per choir.
Transaction costs are paid by the sender. A copy of the proof of transaction and the precise invoicing address should be sent to the Competition Office once the transaction has been completed. In case of withdrawal, registration fees will not be refunded.
In case of any difficulty in transacting the registration fee, choirs are expected to contact the Competition Office.
Travelling expenses to and from Debrecen shall be covered by the choirs. Upon request, the organisers may assist with travel issues. During the competition all means of travelling for the choirs – in Debrecen and to venues of concerts outside Debrecen – is arranged by the organisers.
10.5 Miscellaneous conditions
Choirs may be requested to give additional concerts by the Organising Committee. Choirs may not charge for these occasions or any other individual performances, including radio and television broadcasts as well as film and sound recordings made during the competition, at the same time they relinquish all their performance rights.
As the Organizing Committee respects the privacy of the participants all personal data, video/audio recordings, and photos are handled in accordance with the rules and regulations of the European Commission's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Choirs that have qualified from the semi-final but fail to participate in the final due to any fault of their own shall refund all expenses incurred.
Debrecen, 18th February, 2019.