Competitive Programme

SACRED MUSIC

1SACRED MUSIC CATEGORY 1 (Sacred 1) with free programme

This category is intended for those less experienced choirs who would like to perform a programme of their own choice. The presented programme shall nevertheless offer a variety of styles that demonstrate the choir's abilities at their best.

Choirs will be required to perform a freely-chosen and varied programme of not less than three (3) and not more than six (6) works.

• Organ or piano accompaniment is allowed but at least two (2) works should be originally written and performed a cappella.
• Maximum duration is fifteen (15) minutes.

2SACRED MUSIC CATEGORY 2 (Sacred 2) with compulsory programme

This category is intended for those more experienced choirs who would like to perform a challenging programme ranging over a span of five (5)centuries, thus showing versatility and adaptability to various styles and genres from different eras.

Choirs will be required to perform:
1. - 1 work written up to 1600
2. - 1 work written between 1601 & 1750
3. - 1 work written between 1751 & 1900
4. - 1 work written after 1901

• Organ or piano accompaniment is allowed but at least two (2) works should be originally written and performed a cappella.
• Maximum duration is fifteen (15) minutes.

3SACRED MUSIC CATEGORY 3 (Sacred 3): Monodic Chant

This category is intended for choirs interested in the art of Monodic Chant of the choir's own religious denomination.

Choirs will be required to sing a freely-chosen programme that should consist of not less than three (3) contrasting works.

• Accompaniment is not allowed.
• Maximum duration is fifteen (15) minutes.

SECULAR MUSIC

1SECULAR MUSIC CATEGORY 1 (Secular 1) with free programme

This category is intended for those less experienced choirs who would like to perform a programme of their own choice. The presented programme shall nevertheless offer a variety of styles that demonstrate the choir's abilities at their best.

Choirs will be required to perform a freely-chosen and varied programme of not less than three (3) and not more than six (6) works.

• Piano accompaniment is allowed but at least one (1) work should be originally written and performed a cappella.
• Maximum duration is fifteen (15) minutes.

2SECULAR MUSIC CATEGORY 2 (Secular 2) with compulsory programme

This category is intended for those more experienced choirs who would like to perform a challenging programme ranging from the distinguishing vocal idioms of medieval music to the new challenges of contemporary works.

Choirs will be required to perform:
1. - 1 work written up to 1750
2. - 1 work written between 1751 & 1900
3. - 1 work written after 1901
4. - 1 work written by a living composer (at the time of application)

• Piano accompaniment is allowed but at least one (1) work should be originally written and performed a cappella.
• Maximum duration is fifteen (15) minutes.

3SECULAR MUSIC CATEGORY 3 (Secular 3): Folk Music

Choirs are asked to perform a folk programme typical of their country of origin. The programme may include a choreographed folk scene although the main emphasis should remain on the actual singing. Choirs taking part in this category should, ideally, wear traditional costumes.

Choirs will be required to sing a freely-chosen programme that should consist of not less than two (2) contrasting works.


• Piano accompaniment is allowed.
• Instrumental accompaniment is allowed but any non-standard instruments and performers need to be provided by the choir. Amplification of any instrument whatsoever is not allowed.
• In cases where vocal scores are not available, either a musical transcription or a short description of the piece in English is required.
• Choreographed scenes should be accompanied by a short description of the relative custom/tradition and context in English.
• A translation into English of all texts sung in this category is required.
• Maximum duration is fifteen (15) minutes.

CHILDREN & YOUTH CHOIRS

1CHILDREN & YOUTHS CATEGORY 1 (Youths 1): Children's Choirs

Children's choirs of any formation (girls only, boys only or mixed) are invited to participate in this category with compulsory programme. Works performed in this category may be of either sacred or secular nature.

Choirs will be required to perform:
1. - 1 work written up to 1800
2. - 1 work written after 1801
3. - 1 work written by a living composer (at the time of application)
4. - 1 freely-chosen piece

• Piano accompaniment is allowed but at least one (1) work should be originally written and performed a cappella.
• Maximum age limit of choristers in this category is sixteen (16).
•Maximum duration is fifteen (15) minutes.

2CHILDREN & YOUTHS CATEGORY 2 (Youths 2): Youth Choirs

Youth choirs in any formation (girls only, boys only or mixed) are invited to participate in this category with compulsory programme. Works performed in this category may be of either sacred or secular nature.

Choirs will be required to perform:
1. - 1 work written up to 1800
2. - 1 work written after 1801
3. - 1 work written by a living composer (at the time of application)
4. - 1 freely-chosen piece

• Piano accompaniment is allowed but at least one (1) work should be originally written and performed a cappella.
• Maximum age limit of choristers in this category is twenty five (25).
•Maximum duration is fifteen (15) minutes.

GRAND PRIX OF MALTA

Each category winner shall also gain the right to take part in the Grand Prix of Malta on the final night . This is divided into three (3) divisions: (i) Sacred, (ii) Secular and (iii) Children & Youths.

Participating choirs will be required to perform one (1) freely-chosen piece of not longer than six (6) minutes.

• Only piano accompaniment is allowed.
• The selected work for the Grand Prix of Malta shall be a different composition than the ones performed in the competition by the same choir.