Florilège Vocal de Tours 2012

The International choral competition Florilège Vocal de Tours 2012 will be held in Tours, France, from 25th to 27th May 2012.


There are about 30 prizes donated from 320 € up to 2.500 € for the different categories and competitions.
The winner of the GRAND PRIX OF VILLE DE TOURS will qualify for the “European Grand Prix” (“Grand Prix Européen de Chant Choral”) in Arezzo in 2013, which could be described as a “true world championship of Choral Art”.


International Choral Competition

The competition begins on Friday 25 May 2012 and has three parts:


For categories I, II and III, the choice of programme is left to each choir. It should comprise three works sung a cappella:

  • a work composed before 1750
  • a work written between 1750 and 1900
  • a work composed after 1900.

For category IV, the programme should contain a cappella works (max.3) different from those in the other chosen category. Non-melodic percussion instruments are allowed.


For categories I, II and III, the programme should comprise three works different from those chosen for the qualifying rounds:

  • a work written after 1970
  • a work written after 1940 by a French composer
  • a free choice of work from any period.

One of the works may be accompanied on the piano (a piano will be available on the stage). For Category IV, the programme will contain a cappella works (max. 3) not sung before. Non-melodic percussion instruments are allowed. The final rounds will determine the award of the “Public Prize”.


Among the choirs chosen for the finals, the Jury will pick out 4 or 5 of the best choirs to take part in the “Grand Prix of Ville de Tours”. At the end of this round the “Grand Prix of Ville de Tours” will be awarded to the choir whose performance has been judged to have been the best throughout the competition. The chosen choirs will present a programme of their choice lasting between 18 and 22 minutes. This programme should include at least:

  • one work by a French composer
  • a work accompanied by 1 to 5 instruments of the choir’s choice (6 minutes maximum). The accompanists, and the instruments they are playing, should be provided by each choir. Only a piano will be available on stage.

The works chosen should be from at least three different periods. Only two works already sung during the qualifying or final rounds may be repeated.

Renaissance competition

Choirs wishing to compete should present a Renaissance programme comprising as a minimum 3 works lasting a total of 9 to 14 minutes. It is compulsory to include a 16th century setting of a poem by Ronsard. Your attention is drawn to the need to adapt the number of singers: according to the work concerned. The number can be varied from a few singers to the whole choir. This round will take place on Saturday morning, separately from the other rounds.

International Youth’s choirs and Children’s choirs competition

This competition has two parts:

I. For the Saturday round:

Each choir will sing between 4 and 6 works of their own choice. One must be in French. One must be enhanced by a setting in space. Two works may be accompanied (a piano will be available on stage). Total singing time must be between 15 and 18 minutes.

II for the Sunday morning round:

Each choir will have free programme for a 12 to 15mns programme (compulsory work not included). It will have to be representative of the choir’s musical tradition. Musical instruments are allowed and only a piano will be available on stage. During this round, choirs will sing the imposed work by Julien JOUBERT. This piece to a maximum of 4 minutes is with 2 equal voices + piano for children’s choirs or with 3 mixed voices a cappella for youth choirs. It will be available at the end of 2011 and will be sent to selected choirs on January 2012. It can be sung at any point of the programme.

Entries for the International Choral Music Competition should be sent by 14 November 2011 at the latest.

Please visit the homepage for further information: www.florilegevocal.com