Rules of the Chorus Review 2019

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1. Organiser

The Chorus Review will be organised by the City of Tampere on 6–9 June 2019.

2. Purpose of the Review

The purpose of the Chorus Review is to encourage choirs to set goals for their singing and thus to improve the quality of their performance. In addition, the Review offers choirs the possibility of assessing their skills in comparison with other choirs, Finnish and international.

3. Participation

All choirs performing without electronic amplification are allowed to participate in the Chorus Review, regardless of their type or size.

4. Entry

To enter the Chorus Review, pay the participation fee and fill in the online entry form, which will be available on the Tampere Vocal Music Festival website at www.tamperemusicfestivals.fi/vocal from 2 January to 28 February 2019.

Entries must be received no later than 28 February 2019. Entries received after the deadline will be disqualified.

The following enclosures must be attached to the online entry form:
- CV or presentation of the choir;
- photograph of the choir (resolution at least 300 dpi) and name of the photographer;
- receipt of payment of the participation fee.

Also, the following enclosures must be submitted by mail no later than 28 February 2019 (post mark date):
- scores of the pieces on the choir’s programme (6 copies of each);
- brief summary in English of the content of any songs whose lyrics are not in English (6 copies of each).
The mailing address is: Tampere Vocal Music Festival, Tullikamarin aukio 2, FI-33100 Tampere, Finland. The enclosurers must be mailed as ordinary letters (several letters as necessary), delivery paid. Letters that would have to be collected from the post office will not be collected. The scores will not be returned after the festival.

All choirs that have submitted their entry forms according to the above rules will automatically be accepted for the Chorus Review. However, the organiser reserves the right to restrict the number of choirs invited to attend if scheduling issues so require. In such a case, choirs shall be accepted in the order in which they have submitted their entries.

5. Participation fee

The participation fee for the Chorus Review is EUR 300 per choir. It must be paid by bank transfer by 28 February 2019 (though not before 2 January 2019); the bank details are:

Bank: Nordea Bank Finland PLC, Helsinki, Finland
SWIFT / BIC: NDEAFIHH
IBAN: FI92 2046 1800 0628 04
Recipient: Tampereen kaupunki (City of Tampere)
Additional information to be included: ‘Tampere Vocal Music Festival’ and the name of the choir

An entry is valid only if the participation fee has been received by the deadline given above. In the case of a cancellation, the participation fee will not be refunded.

6. Programme

Participating choirs are free to choose their repertoire, although it should focus on a cappella performances. The length of the programme shall be no longer than 15 minutes from entrance to exit. If a performance runs over this time limit, it will be interrupted. The programme must be given on the entry form in the order in which the choir will perform it. The content of the programme cannot be changed after it has been submitted. Any accompanying instruments and the names of the accompanists must also be given on the entry form. The concert hall will have a grand piano available, but any other accompanying instruments must be brought by the choirs themselves.

7. Awards

At the concluding concert, the jury will distribute a total of EUR 10,000 in awards. The jury may also, at its discretion, award a Grand Prix to a particularly distinguished choir. All choirs will be sent a diploma with one to three bronze, silver or gold stamps awarded by the jury, together with a written assessment from the jury, by mail after the chorus review.

8. Concluding concert, 9 June 2019

The concluding concert of the Chorus Review will be held on Sunday 9 June 2019 at 14.00. Its purpose is to present a representative cross-section of the Chorus Review. The jury will select the performers and their programme from among the performances in the Chorus Review.

9. Jury

The Chorus Review will have an international jury consisting of five members. Composition of the jury: chairman Kari Turunen (FI), members Saara Aittakumpu (FI), Volker Hempfling (DE), Carsten Seyer-Hansen (DK) and Jennifer Tham (SG).

10. Miscellaneous

By submitting an entry form, choirs agree to appear in the Chorus Review on a day and at a time designated by the Tampere Vocal Music Festival. Choirs may indicate their preference for a day of performance (foreign choirs: Thursday 6 June, Friday 7 June) on the entry form. If necessary, the Tampere Vocal Music Festival will allocate performance times in the order in which choirs have submitted their entries.

Participating choirs are responsible for all their costs (including but not limited to travel, accommodation and meals). It is recommended that choirs make their travel and accommodation arrangements as far in advance as possible.

Choirs must use legitimate musical scores.

The organiser reserves the right to all radio and television broadcasts, recording, filming and photographing of Chorus Review performances as well as the publication of the resulting images, recordings and video streaming online, in social media and for the purposes of festival marketing, all without reimbursement to the participants.

The official languages of the Chorus Review are Finnish and English. In questions of interpretation arising from these rules, only the current version in Finnish shall be binding.

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