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The 13th International Choir Festival “Tallinn 2013”
April 18 – 21, 2013

Winner of the Grand Prix of the 13th International Choir Festival Tallinn 2013 is Head Ööd, Vend Chamber Choir (Estonia)

On Saturday  the 13th international choir festival Tallinn 2013 finished.
 
During two days 23 choirs from six countries- altogether 900 singers competed in the Estonia Concert Hall.
In addition there were concerts in Tallinn Secondary School and Niguliste Church

The jury chose five choirs to sing in the GP category and the best of them was the chamber choir Head Ööd , Vend (conductors Külli Kiivet and Pärt Uusberg). They won the first place in the chamber choir’s category and the second place in the contemporary music category

The jury highly appreciated the conducting of Ingrid Kõrvits, who got the special prize of the best conductor. Both of her choirs were chosen to sing in the GP category. - Ellerhein Girls Choir won the second prize in the youth choirs category and the Girls’ Choir of Tallinn Music High School won the first prize in the female choirs’ category

Estonia Society Mixed Choir won the first prize in the category of mixed choirs.

The results:
Grand Prix – Head Ööd, Vend Chamber Choir 

Children’s Choirs
II place Kinder& Jugendsingakademie Graz (Austria)
II place Shurawatschka Children’s Choir (Belarus)
III place Ellerhein Children’s Choir 

Youth Choirs
I place Girl’s Choir of Tallinn Old Town Music School (Estonia)
II place Ellerhein Girls’ Choir (Estonia)
III place E STuudio Girls’Choir (Estonia)
 
Female Choirs
I place Girls’ Choir of Tallinn Music High School (Estonia)
II place Sireen Female Chamber Choir (Estonia)
III place Academic Female Choir of Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

Mixed Choirs
I place Mixed Choir of Estonia Society (Estonia)
II place K.O.O.R. Mixed Choir
III place Concert Choir of Heino Eller Music School (Estonia) 

Chamber Choirs
I place Head Ööd, Vend Chamber Choir (Estonia)
II place Chamber Choir of Tallinn University (Tallinn)
III place Danderyd Vocal Ensemble (Sweden)
 
Contemporary Music
II place Head Ööd, Vend Chamber Choir
III place Nuku Choir 

See the points HERE





FESTIVAL PROGRAMME



Wednesday, April 17

at 21.00 in Estonia Concert Hall
"Between Reality ”
Concert of the Estonian National Male Choir.
Conductor Mikk Üleoja
Tickets for the participants of the festival 5€


Thursday, April 18

Acoustic rehearsals in Estonia Concert Hall:
16.19 – 16.26 Youth Choir of Tallinn English College (Estonia)
16.27 – 16.34 Girls' Choir of Tallinn Old Town Music House (Estonia)
16.35 – 16.42 Shurawatschka Girls' Choir (Belarus)
16.43 – 16.50 Ellerhein Children’s Choir (Estonia)
16.51 – 16.58 Danderyd Vocal Ensemble (Sweden)
16.59 – 17.06 Ellerhein Girls’ Choir (Estonia)
17.07 – 17.14 Lastivka Children’s Choir (Ukraine)
17.15 – 17.22 Head Ööd, Vend Chamber Choir (Estonia)
17.23 – 17.30 Kinder- & Jugendsingakademie Graz (Austria)

18.00 Opening Concert in Estonia Concert Hall
Performing:
• Danderyd Vocal Ensemble (Sweden)
• Ellerhein Girls’ Choir (Estonia)
• Lastivka Children’s Choir (Ukraine)
• Head Ööd, Vend Chamber Choir (Estonia)
• Kinder-& Jugendsingakademie Graz (Austria)
Tickets 7/5 €

Acoustic rehearsals in Estonia Concert Hall:
19.45 – 19.52 Miina Youth Female Choir (Estonia)
19.53 – 20.00 Carmina Female Choir (Estonia)
20.01 – 20.08 Sireen Female Chamber Choir (Estonia)

20.30 Reception by the Mayor of Tallinn in Town Hall (max two representatives per choir)

Friday, April 19

Acoustic rehearsal in Estonia Concert Hall
9.30 – 9.37 DO-RE-MI Children’s Choir (Estonia)

10.00 Competition for children’s choirs
10.00 – 10.02 introducing the jury
10.02 - 10.14 DO-RE-MI Children’s Choir (Estonia)
10.15 – 10.27 Ellerhein Children’s Choir (Estonia)
10.28 – 10.40 Kinder- & Jugendsingakademie Graz (Austria)
10.41 – 10.53 Shurawatschka Girls' Choir (Belarus)

10.54 – 11.10 BREAK

12.55 – 13.35 Festival concert in Tallinn Science School:
• Lastivka Children’s Choir (Ukraine)
• DO-RE-MI Children’s Choir (Estonia)

Acoustic rehearsal in Estonia Concert Hall:
10.58 – 11.05 E STuudio Girls’ Choir (Estonia)

11.10 Competition for youth choirs
11.10 – 11.22 Lastivka Children’s Choir (Ukraine)
11.23 – 11.35 Ellerhein Girls’ Choir (Estonia)
11.36 – 11.48 Girls’ Choir of Tallinn Old Town Music House (Estonia)
11.49 – 12.01 Youth Choir of Tallinn English College (Estonia)
12.02 – 12.14 E STuudio Girls’ Choir (Estonia)

12.14 – 12.30 BREAK

12.30 Competition for female choirs
12.30 – 12.42 Carmina Female Choir (Estonia)
12.43 – 12.55 Sireen Female Chamber Choir (Estonia)
12.56 – 13.08 Academic Female Choir of Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
13.09 – 13.21 Girls’ Choir of Tallinn Music High School (Estonia)
13.22 – 13.34 Miina Youth Female Choir (Estonia)

Combined ticket for children, youth and female competition 5/3€

13.34 -15.00 LUNCH

Acoustic rehearsals in Estonia Concert Hall for mixed and chamber choirs category:
13.45 – 13.52 Concert Choir of Heino Eller Music School (Estonia)
13.53 – 14.00 Mixed Choir of Estonia Society (Estonia)
14.01 – 14.08 K.O.O.R. Mixed Choir (Estonia)
14.09 – 14.16 Solare Chamber Choir (Estonia)
14.17 – 14.24 The New Cambridge Singers (UK)
14.25 -14.32 Chamber Choir of Tallinn University (Estonia)

15.00 Competition for mixed choirs
15.00 – 15.02 introducing the jury
15.02 – 15.14 Concert Choir of Heino Eller Music School (Estonia)
15.15 – 15.27 Mixed Choir of Estonia Society (Estonia)
15.28 – 15.40 K.O.O.R. Mixed Choir (Estonia)


15.40 – 16.00 BREAK

16.00 Competition for chamber choirs
16.00 – 16.12 Solare Chamber Choir (Estonia)
16.13 – 16.25 The New Cambridge Singers (UK)
16.26 – 16.38 Chamber Choir of Tallinn University (Estonia)
16.39 – 16.51 Danderyd Vocal Ensemble (Sweden)
16.52 – 17.04 Head Ööd, Vend Chamber Choir (Estonia)

Combined ticket for mixed choirs and chamber choirs competition 5/3 €

CONCERT REHEARSALS on the stage of Estonia Concert Hall 
17.30 – 17.40 Ellerhein Children’s Choir (Estonia)
17.40 – 17.50 Shurawatschka Girls' Choir (Belarus)
17.50 – 18.00 Sireen Female Chamber Choir (Estonia)
18.00 – 18.10 Concert Choir of Heino Eller Music School (Estonia)
18.10 – 18.20 NUKU Choir (Estonia)
18.20 – 18.30 Girls' Choir of Tallinn Old Town Music House (Estonia) 

19.00 Festival concert in Estonia Concert Hall
• Ellerhein Children’s Choir (Estonia)
• Shurawatschka Girls' Choir (Belarus)
• Sireen Female Chamber Choir (Estonia)
• Concert Choir of Heino Eller Music School (Estonia)
• Girl's Choir of tallinn Old Town Music House (estonia)
 • NUKU choir (Estonia)
Ticket 5/3 €

Acoustic rehearsal in Estonia Concert Hall:
21.00 – 21.07 The New Cambridge Singers (UK)
21.08 – 21.15 Miina Youth Female Choir (Estonia)
21.16 – 21.23 Head Ööd, Vend Chamber Choir (Eesti)
21.24 – 21.31 Danderyd Vocal Ensemble (Sweden)
21.32 – 21.39 NUKU Choir (Estonia)
21.40 – 21.47 Singakademie Graz (Austria)
21.48 – 21.55 K.O.O.R. Mixed Choir (Estonia)

Saturday, April 20

10.00 Competition for contemporary music category
10.00 – 10.12 The New Cambridge Singers (UK)
10.13 – 10.25 MIINA Youth Female Choir (Estonia)
10.26 – 10.38 Head Ööd, Vend Chamber Choir (Estonia)
10.39 – 10.51 Danderyd Vocal Ensemble (Sweden)
10.52 – 11.04 NUKU Choir (Estonia)
11.05 – 11.17 Kinder- & Jugendsingakademie Graz (Austria)
11.18 – 11.30 K.O.O.R. Mixed Choir (Estonia)
Tickets 5/3 €

12.00 Festival concert in St. Nicholas Church:
• Carmina Female Choir (Estonia)
• The New Cambridge Singers (UK)
• Miina Youth Female Choir (Estonia)
• E STuudio Girls’ Choir (Estonia)


REHEARSALS (St. Nicholas):

10.30 – 10.45 Carmina Female Choir (Estonia)
10.45 – 11.00 The New Cambridge Singers (UK)
11.00 – 11.15 Miina Youth Female Choir (Estonia)
11.15 – 11.30 E STuudio Girls’ Choir (Estonia)

13.00 announcement of Grand Prix competition in Estonia Concert Hall

15.00 – 16.30 Grand Prix
Tickets 7/5 €

16.30 – 18.00 BREAK, rehearsal of the closing concert

18.00 – 20.00 Final Concert and Closing Ceremony in Estonia Concert Hall
Tickets 10/7 €

ca 20.00 After Party in Hotel Viru

***
Festival jury:

Charles Barbier (France)
Aira Birziņa (Latvia)
Kåre Hanken (Norway)
Robert Sund (Sweden)
Helena Tulve (Estonia)


The Choral Festival includes both the choral contest and a series of concerts in the churches and concert halls of Tallinn. 

Artistic Director of the Festival is Mikk Üleoja 

The festival is organised by Estonian Choral Association.

Rules
1. The contest is open to amateur choirs in all choral categories (mixed, chamber, female, male, children's and youth choirs).

2. The contest is held in the following categories:
Mixed choirs (at least 30 singers)
Chamber choirs (16 - 32 singers)
Female choirs (at least 16 singers)
Male choirs (at least 16 singers)
Children’s choirs (at least 16 singers, born after 18.04.1997)
Youth choirs (at least 16 singers, born after 18.04.1993)
Early music (until Baroque Period included, at least 12 singers)
Contemporary music (composed after 1960; at least 12 singers)

3. Each choir may participate in several categories, with the approval of the Festival Artistic Commission.

4. Performing time in each category is 9-12 minutes.

5. Competition program in the categories of mixed, chamber, female and male choirs:
- Compulsory piece
- A song by a composer of the choir’s native country, composed after 1980
- Music of the choir’s own choice
One song in the program allowed with accompaniment. Percussion instruments (without tuned pitch) may be used also in other pieces. At least one song a cappella.

6. Competition program in the categories of youth and children’s choirs:
- A song by a composer of the choir’s native country, composed after 1980
- Music of the choir’s own choice
One song in the program allowed with accompaniment. Percussion instruments (without tuned pitch) may be used also in other pieces.At least one song a cappella.
To enter the competition, choir singers need to be equipped with an identity card (with a photo) issued by a competent authority. This document must be shown before appearing on stage.

7. Competition program in the category of early music:
- Compulsory piece
- Early music (until Baroque Period included) of the choir’s own choice
- One piece in the program may be secular piece

8. Competition program in the category of contemporary music:
- Compulsory piece
- Music of the choir’s own choice composed after 1960
If applying for the contemporary music category, please send the scores of the chosen works (one copy) with your registration form!

9. Piano and organ will be available on the stage. If your choir will use any other instruments for accompaniment, please inform the organisers about that in the registration form.

10. The Festival has the right to use radio and TV recordings at their own discretion excluding any fees to the participants.

11. All rounds are open for audience.

12. If needed, the organisers have the right to merge categories or not open one if it lacks sufficient number of choirs.

13. Grand Prix
13.1 Choir performs a program of their own discretion excluding pieces performed in the 1st round.

13.2 The performance time is 12 - 15 minutes.

13.3 The contestants (no more than 6 choirs) will be chosen by the jury from amongst the choirs who have received at least 90 points of the total of 100 in the style category round.

13.4 All groups who are participating are expected to have prepared for the Grand Prix. The refusal to participate will result in disqualification.

14. Jury and assessment
14.1. The choirs will be assessed by a 5-member international jury.

14.2 In the 1st Round, the jury will assess interpretation, technical acuity and the difficulty of the program (max 100 points).

14.3 Jurors will give written comments for each choir, which participants will get during 1 month after the competition, with their points.

14.4 The jury has the right to award the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize in each category, with the respective scores of 90, 80 and 70 points of the total of 100. The jury has the right to award special prizes and/or redistribute the prizes at their own discretion.

14.5 In case a choir exceeds the time limit for more than 30 seconds, each extra minute will equal to 1 minus point in the total score. The same rule applies in case of shorter performance time.
14.6 The winner of the Grand Prix round will be chosen by simple majority.

14.7 The decision of the jury is final and will not be submitted to further discussion.

15. Participation conditions
15.1 All singers have to be amateurs, i.e. they cannot have singing as a professional job. The choristers must be the permanent members of the group.

15.2 Each choir will submit the following documents by 1 October 2012 at the latest:
• short annotation (1900-2006 characters) of the choir and the CV of the conductor(s) in English
• photos of the choir and the conductor(s)
• a completed registration form
• a recent (recorded not earlier than 01.01.2011) audio recording of a concert (minimum length 15 minutes)
• a copy of the participation fee payment receipt
• the scores of the chosen works (one copy) if registering for the contemporary music category.
Please send annotation and photos by e-mail!

15.3 Each choir will cover their travel and accommodation expenses.
15.4 Each choir will transfer the registration fee of 200 € for first category and 150 € for each following participation category
onto the account of Estonian Choral Association. Returnable if the choir should not be chosen to participate. The bank fees will be covered by the payee.
15.5 The final date of registration is 1 October 2012 (date of postage). The artistic board will announce the final list of participant choirs by 12 November 2012 at the latest.
15.6 By March 18, 2013, each choir is requires to submit the scores of the works which will be performed in the competition (5 copies, not to be returned).
The sets of scores should be filed in the order they are going to be performed. The Estonian Choral Association will not be held responsible for the authenticity of the scores.
15.7 The choirs have also opportunity to give a concert (program about 15 minutes) with sacred or secular program.
15.8 To enter the competition, singers of children’s and youth choirs need to be equipped with an identity card (with a photo) issued by a competent authority. This document must be shown before appearing on stage. 

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Prizes in children’s and youth choirs’ categories

I koht / 1st Prize 1000 €
II koht / 2nd Prize 700 €
III koht / 3rd Prize 500 € 

Prizes in other categories
I koht / 1st Prize 1300 €
II koht / 2nd Prize 1000 €
III koht / 3rd Prize 600 €

Grand Prix: 3000 €

Compulsory pieces:

Mixed choirs: Rudolf Tobias Vivit! (Eres Edition)
Chamber choirs: Arvo Pärt Alleluia-Tropus (Universal Edition), a cappella
Female choirs: Veljo Tormis Virmalised (Northern Lights) from cycle Winter Patterns (Fennica Gehrman). This work may be performed in Estonian or in English.
Male choirs: Andres Lemba Gloria (available in Estonian Choral Association)
Children choirs: no compulsory piece
Youth choirs: no compulsory piece
Early music: Ave Maria (download here!)
Contemporary music: Galina Grigorjeva „In Paradisum“ (can be bought from EMIC-Estonian Music Information Centre: http://www.emic.ee/?sisu=tootekataloog2&mid=150&kat=77&lang=eng&id=76&kataloog=1 )


Contact:
Eesti Kooriühing / Estonian Choral Association
Roosikrantsi 13
10119 Tallinn
Eesti / Estonia

Tel. (372) 627 44 51
Mob (372) 51 44 301
Fax: (372) 627 44 59

e-mail: kooriyhing@kul.ee
http://www.kooriyhing.ee

Bank information
Bank Name: SEB Pank
Code: 401
Account name: Estonian Choral Association
Account No: 10 0220 0252 0006
IBAN: EE3910 10 0220 0252 0006
SWIFT: EEUHEE2X

The contest will be held in Estonia Concert Hall
(Estonia Blvd 4, Tallinn).




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