• Nice International Choral Festival

    Nice, France

Nice International Choral Festival

Included in your festival packages
  • 3 nights’ accommodation with French breakfast
  • Opening ceremony and performance by Les Voix de Nice
  • Festival participation fees
  • Guided half-day sightseeing tour of Nice (Entrance fees not included)
  • Choral evening with local choir
  • The opportunity to perform during a Catholic Mass or a service of another denomination
  • Closing ceremony and farewell dinner
  • Escort for all official programme events

Costs are tailored to each individual choirs’ requirements

  • Optional Extras
  • Half-day tour of St Paul de Vence and Vence
  • Full-day tour to Eze, Monaco and Monte Carlo
Sample Itinerary

Below is the most popular itinerary of the CCI Family of Choirs who have attended the Nice International Choral Festival. This is for information purposes only. All final itineraries are tailored to individual choirs requirements.

DAY 1

  • Choirs arrive in Nice.
  • Choirs arriving by plane are be met by their local assistant for transfer to your hotel.
  • In the evening, choirs come together for the official festival opening ceremony hosted by the Deputy Mayor of Nice. Choirs will have a performance by local choir Les Voix de Nice and will enjoy a welcome cocktail.
  • Choirs can then enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure, perhaps taking a stroll over the famous illuminated “Promenade des Anglais” at the Angel’s bay.

DAY 2

  • In the morning, choirs have a guided sightseeing tour of Nice taking them to all the main attractions; the beautiful Promenade, the ancient and baroque monuments of the “Belle Epoque”, the famous Hotel “Negresco”, the Russian-Orthodox Cathedrale, the Cimiez Hill with the Franciscan church and the rose garden belonging to the adjoining monastery, the Arena and the Matisse Museum. The city tour finishes with a walk through the Old Town.
  • In the afternoon, the festival performances for all choirs take place in the beautiful baroque Cathedral “Sainte Reparate”. At the end of the performance cycle, all choirs join together to sing the final song “Canticorum Jubilo” by G.F. Haendel. The festival performances are brought to a close by the Deputy Mayor of Nice.
  • There is an opportunity to perform a Friendship concert in the evening with a local choir in or around the Nice area.
  • After today’s busy schedule, choirs can relax and enjoy dinner in their hotel.

DAY 3

  • In the morning, choirs have free time to explore the medieval Old Town or can opt to perform during a church service in Nice or nearby area.
  • In the afternoon, choirs can take a guided tour to St. Paul de Vence and Vence.
  • For choirs who do not wish to perform as part of a mass or church service, we offer the opportunity to take a full-day tour to Monaco and Monte Carlo.
  • All choirs come together on the final evening to enjoy a farewell dinner in a local Nice restaurant.

DAY 4

  • Choirs depart Nice

This is for information purposes only. All final itineraries are tailored to individual choirs requirements.

Competition Information & Rules

Choirs have the opportunity to perform up to three times during the Nice International Choral Festival:

1. Performance in the 17th century Sainte Reparate Cathedral

Choirs should prepare a concert programme of 25 minute duration, including getting on and off the stage. Choirs perform their own selected repertoire which should include folk music from your country.

At the end of the festival performances, all choirs join together to sing “Canticorum Jubilo” by G.F. Haendel.

2. Performance at a friendship concert with a local choir

Choirs should prepare a concert programme of approximately 30 minute duration. There is no actual time limit for this performance, 30 minutes is a recommendation.

3. Performance a Catholic Mass or service of another domination

Choirs should prepare 5 - 6 songs which match the mass or service liturgy.

Choir Directors Orientation Trip

CCI offer choir directors the opportunity to participate in an orientation trip in advance of each festival and competition to view the hotels, venues and restaurants and, for choirs with younger members, to perform risk assessments.

During the orientation trip, the director or representative of the choir has the opportunity to meet with the organisers and sponsors of the festival and to ask questions about all aspects of the trip. Choir directors can also discuss the choirs’ unique requirements with the CCI representatives on hand. On the trip, CCI will answer directors’ questions concerning such topics as instrumental accompaniment, size of stage, and performance information.

Please ask us about dates for the Nice International Orientation Trip.

Flights and transfers

Flights

Choir Contact International experienced travel consultants are able to advise you on the most appropriate flight options and will advise best fares at time of booking.

Once you enquiry with CCI you will be given your own dedicated festival planner, and this planner will also assist you with the booking of flights for your group.

We use the most up-to-date modern technology for searching best fares including low cost carriers, allowing us to book you the best flights at the best fares for a fully co-ordinated service. We use both low-cost internet fares and our long-standing relationships with other carries to ensure that we can secure the best travel option for your choir.

We will advise you on luggage allowance and all details relating to your flight booking.

Airport transfers

CCI are happy to arrange airport-hotel-airport transfers for all choirs who have booked flights with us. Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange airport transfers where flights are not booked as part of the festival package.