1st Florence International Choir Festival

This is the first edition of the Festival, which will take place in the city of Florence, famous throughout the world for its cultural and artistic heritage, its warm welcome, accomodation capacity and outstanding quality of food and wine.
The Florence International Choir Festival FICF is organized by the “Ensemble San Felice”, an internationally renowned vocal and instrumental group that has been performing all over Europe for almost 20 years, its concert activity ranging from the medieval to contemporary repertoire.
The 1st edition of FICF will take place from 18th to 20th July 2012 in some of the most prestigious places in the historical center of the city, such as the Salone dei Cinquecento, the Saloncino of Teatro della Pergola and the magnificent churches of Santa Croce, San Lorenzo and Santa Trinita.
This Festival will be a great chance to spend wonderful days to celebrate friendship, music and different cultures. The organization will be happy to arrange longer stay to give the chance to visit the beautiful areas and cities near Florence, like Fiesole, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Pisa, Arezzo.

Summer editions of the FICF will be held in the month of July. July and August are the hottest months in Italy – high average temperature is almost 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Visitors cool off inside museums and churches. Nights are warm and many restaurants have outdoor service. Most Italians leave their cities in July and August. There are, however, many tourists during the summer.
July is a big month for festivals in Tuscany, such as Il Palio in Siena and the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago Puccini, near Viareggio.

CHOIRS AND ENSEMBLES CATEGORIES

A – Mixed Choirs Adults
B – Equal Voices Choirs Adults
C – Youth Choirs
D – Children Choirs
E – Chamber Choirs
F – Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles
G – Sacred Music Choirs
H – Popular, Folk, Gospel, Barbershop Ensembles
I – Jazz and Modern vocal ensembles
L – Early Music
M – Modern and Contemporary Music
Each group will perform 3 pieces. The total performance must be from 9 to 15 minutes

PRIZES

In each category the jury will assign the following prizes:
1st place: Gold Medal, Golden Diploma
2nd place: Silver Medal, Silver Diploma
3rd place: Bronze Medal, Bronze diploma

SPECIAL PRIZES
1 – The Golden David
2 – The Best Conductor
3 – The Best Male and Female Soloist
4 – The Best Performance of Italian Composer’s Work
5 – The Best Contemporary Composer Arrangement
6 – The Best Choreography
7 – The Best Traditional Costumes
The Golden David, a very special prize, will assigned to the best Choir or Ensemble for excellent artistic performance. It consists of a statue of the Michelangelo’s David, the emblem of Florence and our Festival. All choirs which do not receive a prize will get the Diploma of successful participation in Festival.

PROGRAM

1st day: 18th July 2012
- 5 pm Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento – Opening Ceremony
- 9 pm Basilica of San Lorenzo – Concert of the first group of choirs
2nd day:19th July 2012
- 10 am – 6 pm Saloncino del Teatro della Pergola- Competition
- 9 pm Basilica of Santa Trinita – Concert of the second group of choirs
3rd day: 20th July 2012
- 6 pm Salone dei Cinquecento – Award Ceremony
- 9 pm Basilica of Santa Croce – Final Concert of all the choirs

ENROLLMENT

The Festival enrollment fee for each choir is 200 euros and 150 euros for every supplemental category.

HOTEL ***

The accommodation will be in 3 star hotels in the historical Center of Florence, few steps from the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio.
3 nights  (including breakfasts) from 18/7/2012 to 20/7/2012
180 euro/person in triple room
210 euro/person in twin room
260 euro/person in single room

MEALS

The members of the choirs, the conductors and the accompanying people could choose to have lunches and dinners in the Historical Center of Florence in typical Tuscan Restaurants. A complete meal for only 15 euro per person

All conductors will be our guests for the final dinner after the closing ceremony in a very renowned florentine restaurant

More information, application: www.florencechoirfestival.com

Palazzo Vecchio