About Festival

Festival is open to all amateur choirs from the world, which will present their repertoire of advent, christmas and sacred choir music in the most prestigious churches in Krakow – Peter and Paul Church and famous Mariacki Church.

The international Jury panel will award Golden Angels and diplomas to the choirs in 5 categories. We also invite non-competetive choirs to take part.
Choirs will also take part in additional concerts in Krakow. We hope that our festival will be great occasion to listen many magnificent choral performances and exchange of experiences with other choirs.

Please read the rules in the next section.

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RULES 8-10.12.2017

Please read the rules 2017:

Download application form 2017:

application .PDF
application .DOC

All application for 2017 edition (8-10.12.2017) should be sent till 10.10.2017

Please send applications to:

MELODY
Ogrodowa 27A
05-509 Jozefoslaw, POLAND

You can also register by email:
krakow@christmasfestival.pl

Jury

Auditions will be evaluate by an international jury composed of:

Rihards Dubra
Jurmala/ Latvia

Was born on February 28th, 1964 in Riga. He studied music first in Jurmala School of Music, after that at the Emils Darzins College of Music. In 1989, he graduated from the Latvian Music Academy composition class under Adolfs Skulte (as an elective he learned symphonic conducting), and in 1996 earned his master’s degree at the Latvian Academy of Music under Juris Karlsons. During his studies, he began to teach harmony and composition at the Jurmala School of Music, where he still works today. His other sphere of work is involved with the organ and liturgy. Rihards Dubra was the organist at the Riga Our Lady of Suffering Church, and, as of 1999, he is the cantor of the Riga St. Mary Magdalene Church. The basic genres of the composer’s creative work are large-scale genres for voices with accompaniment, choir music, organ music and symphonic music. Irrespectively of his genre choice, Dubra’s basic creative interests turn to sacred music. “As the belief is the only purity in this world, I cannot see anything better, only to write sacred music,” the composer comments on his creative activities. The composer’s activities at St. Mary Magdalene congregation in Riga and singing in the group Schola Cantorum Riga from its very beginning give inspiration for his creative work. The basis of Rihards Dubra music style is the unification of minimalism and neo-romantic tunes with the intonation, form and philosophy of Gregorian, Medieval and Renaissance music. “My music often is meditative; I like to stop a moment and to check it for some time. It is not possible in life, but music lets manage the impossible – light, longing and eternity speak to us feeling every moment…” Rihards Dubra’s music has been performed in several countries of the world: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Poland, England, France, Austria, Italia, Japan, South Africa, Canada, Argentina, USA and others.

Prizes

In each category there are the following prizes:

Statuette of “Golden Angel” – for the choir with Golden Diploma with highest no. of points in each category.

90,00-100,00 points Golden Diploma

75,00-89,99 points Silver Diploma

60,00-74,99 points Bronze Diploma

Any choir with lower score – diploma of participation.

The Jury may award ex aequo prizes in all categories. The Jury may award also additional prizes and also more money prizes if festival has additional funds. Statuettes are hand made in Poland and are also beautiful work of art.

CATEGORIES:

  • A. Mixed Choirs Adults – singers above 18 years (minimum 20 singers)
  • B. Equal Voices Choirs Adults – Male & Female Choirs
    – singers above 18 years (minimum 16 singers)
  • C. Youth Choirs – singers 13-19 years (minimum 20 singers)
  • D. Children Choirs – singers under 15 years (minimum 20 singers)
  • E. Chamber Choirs – no age limits (12-24 singers)
  • F. Non-competitive – choir takes part in gala concert

History

2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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Contact

The best way to contact us is by e-mail:

krakow@christmasfestival.pl

You can also send us fax (+48226416157) or call +48226416157
mobile +48603361616 (for urgent cases please)

Two weeks before arrival you will also receive a phone number to the volunteer who will take care of your choir during your stay in Poland.

Please send all correspondence by e-mail krakow@christmasfestival.pl
or by registered air mail to:

MELODY
ul. Ogrodowa 27A
05-500 Jozefoslaw, POLAND

 

All payments send to: (ACCOUNT IN EURO)

PL88 1090 1694 0000 0001 1554 3717 (SWIFT): WBKPPLPP
Bank: Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. ul. Rynek 9/11,50-950 Wroclaw. POLAND
Holder of Account: MELODY, Ogrodowa 27A,05-500 Jozefoslaw, POLAND
please write in title “name of your choir” All amounts we shall get net (you pay all transfer fees).

You can pay the registration fee by credit card here
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Partner of the Festival is Choral Society “Lira” Stefan Wasiak.