• ‘Praga Cantat’

    Prague, Czech Republic

‘Praga Cantat’ International Competition and Festival

Included in your festival packages
  • 3 nights' half-board accommodation in a 3* or 4* hotel
  • Welcome drink
  • Reception for Choir Directors in the Town Hall
  • Performance by the world famous children's choir, the Bambini di Praga
  • Competition/Festival participation fees
  • Participation in general rehearsal (Festival participants)
  • Performance at church/social institution (Festival participants)
  • Closing ceremony
  • Certificate, cup and souvenir for each choir and prizes for winning choirs
  • Prague City Tour
  • Farewell event with entertainment and refreshment
  • Translation service throughout the stay

Costs are tailored to each individual choirs' requirements

Testimonials from choirs who attended the festival

We returned from Prague this morning after a wonderful trip. Thank you for making it all possible. Our trip went smoothly and was enjoyed by everybody. Even though we were not competing we were still made feel important and that our contribution was of value. The adjudicator gave help and advice and we were invited to participate in the closing ceremony. Our hotel was excellent Olive. Thank you for all your organisation and planning. It is a pleasure doing business with you.

Will be in contact again for our next trip!

Renewed thanks!

Gerardine, Le Chéile Choir

Competition Information & Rules

General information

  • Only amateur choirs may participate, though the conductor may be professional.
  • There is no limit on the number of members of a choir.
  • If fewer applications are received, certain categories may be combined.
  • The competition performance should last no longer than 15 minutes, including stage arrival and departure
  • Competitive performance repertoire must be approved in advance by the event committee

Categories A, B, C Male-voice, Female-voice and Mixed Choirs (obligatory composition)

The competitive programme comprises a maximum of five unaccompanied compositions (a cappella), including obligatory composition. The selection of compositions may be made from diverse epochs and styles, e.g. old masters, romantic period, contemporary music, folksong, etc.

Obligatory compositions will be advised to you on booking

Category D – girls’, boys’ and youth mixed choirs

This category is for girls’, boys’ and youth mixed choirs aged 14 to 24. The competitive programme does not contain an obligatory composition and will comprise 5 compositions at most of various styles and genres, of which one may be accompanied by 1 – 2 acoustic instruments.

Category E Choirs with a programme of sacred compositions

This category is for male-voice, female-voice, mixed and young choirs. The competition programme comprises a maximum of five sacred compositions without accompaniment (a cappella). The compositions may be from diverse epochs and styles - old masters, romantic period, contemporary music.

Category F Folksong

This category is for male-voice, female-voice, mixed and young choirs. Choirs perform 3 to 5 folksongs (with an emphasis on songs from the choir's own country). The compositions may be accompanied by folk instruments (not piano). However, at least 1 composition must be performed without accompaniment (a cappella).

Category G Non-competitive, festival (only for foreign choirs)

This category is for male-voice, female-voice and mixed choirs. There is no restriction on the number of singers or age. Choir must prepare a programme of its choice with a maximum duration of 15 minutes. The compositions can have a piano accompaniment, but at least 1 composition must be a cappella. A member of the competition jury will listen to the programme and will offer a specialist analysis of the performance and write a short performance evaluation for the choirmaster. Choirs participating in this category will perform a composition by J. C. Vodnanský, “IN PRAGA CARMINA RESONANT” (a simple homophonic four-part piece), which everyone will sing together on the final evening of the festival.

The Jury

An international jury will assess the quality of performances and choirmaster will receive constructive criticism on their performance which will aid them in future choral development

Competition prizes

  • All participating choirs receive a diploma
  • Category winners receive a winner's cup
  • The best evaluated choir (the festival laureate)receive a cup and a prize of €500

The jury may decide to award special prizes in each category

  • Outstanding conducting
  • Best selected programme
  • Most effective performance of a folksong
  • Outstanding performance of a piece by a Czech composer or Czech folksong (only for foreign choirs)
  • Special prizes at the discretion of the jury
Competition Categories

Praga Cantat has 7 categories. Six are competitive categories and the seventh category is non-competitive.

  • Category A Male-voice choirs
  • Category B Female-voice choirs
  • Category C Mixed choirs
  • Category D Girls', boys' and mixed youth choirs aged 12 to 25.
  • Category E Choirs with a programme of sacred compositions
  • Category F Folksong - male-voice, female-voice, mixed and youth choirs
  • Category G Festival (non-competitive - only for foreign choirs)
Sample Itinerary

Below is the most popular itinerary of the CCI Family of Choirs who have attended the Praga Contat Competition.

DAY 1

  • Choirs arrive in Prague.
  • Choirs arriving by plane are be met by their tour assistant who will assist with transfer to your hotel in Prague.
  • In the evening, choirs have a welcome dinner in their hotel restaurant where they can relax and meet with other choirs staying in the hotel.

DAY 2

  • This morning, Choir Directors are invited to attend the Choirmasters reception, hosted by the Mayor of Prague, in the historical Old Town Hall.
  • In the afternoon, the official Praga Cantat inauguration takes place in the distinguished National House. The Neo-Renaissance National House dates back to 1893 - 1894 and was designed by architect Antonín Turek. As part of the inauguration, choirs enjoy a concert by the world famous "Bambini di Praga". This is followed by the choral performances.
  • In this afternoon, choirs participating the Festival category perform in a local Senior Citizens Center. After the performance, choirs have time to meet with their audience.
  • After today's busy schedule, choirs enjoy dinner in their hotel.

DAY 3

  • In the morning, the festival and competition performances continue in the National House. Directly after the festival choirs performance, one member of the jury will discuss and evaluate the performance with the choir director. During this discussion, choir members can join the audience and listen to the remaining choirs perform.
  • Choirs also have the option of performing during a mass/church service in one of the many beautiful churches in Prague.
  • Free time for optional lunch near the National House.
  • In the afternoon, choir enjoy a guided city tour of this wonderful city where your local guide will take you to the main historical sights: the New Town, Wenceslas Square, the Old Town and the picturesque Lesser Town (Mala Strana). During the tour, choirs can admire the grandeur of Saint Vitus Cathedral, with stunning views over the whole of Prague.
  • In the evening, choirs attend the closing ceremony. The awards are given out duing the closing ceremony. As part of the closing ceremony, a collective choral session involving all the participating choirs takes place with all choirs coming together to sing "In Praga Carmina Resonant". Choirs will enjoy and evening of music and dance with the opportunity for long-lasting contacts to be made and friendships forged.

DAY 4

  • Choir depart Prague

***This timetable is an example only. Each choir will receive its own detailed program for performances and sightseeing***

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.

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.