What is Flicorno d’Oro?

Flicorno d’Oro is an international competition for amateur bands, divided into categories and judged by celebrities from the international world of music and bands.

Can professionals take part?

All non-professional bands can take part in the competition, with no limit to the number of musicians included. Each band may include a number of professional musicians that does not exceed 10% of the entire group of players in the band. Professional musician means: teachers in musical conservatories or authorised music schools, players permanently employed by a orchestra or with a contract of at least 12 months with a professional band or orchestra.

What does Open Category mean?

In the Open Category (out of competition) bands receive a private written assessment from a qualified international jury. For participants in this category a judgement is also assigned which bands can use to compare their level with the five categories of the Flicorno d’Oro. The spirit of this category is that of assisting bands in approaching the Flicorno d’Oro. There are no prizes for those who register in this category.

What are the participation costs?

The fee for each participating band, including the Open Category, is € 300.00. This fee does not include the scores of the pieces of own choice, which must be provided by the bands themselves. The fee must be paid online or by bank transfer.

Are there any prizes?

The first three classified in each category will receive Yamaha Music Europe musical instruments, as described in the prize section. The band with the highest score over 90/100 points will be awarded absolute Trofeo Flicorno d’Oro. All bands taking part will receive a participation certificate.

When are the results announced?

The results are announced at the end of the competition, during the prize giving ceremony.

Can a conductor conduct more than one band in the competition?

A conductor can conduct ​two bands taking part in the competition, providing that they are in different categories.

Is it obligatory to attend the prize-giving ceremony?

During the prize giving ceremony we require the presence of at least one representative from each participating band, who will receive a participation certificate and score sheet, plus any awards and trophies they may have won. If nobody is present, then the above items will be shipped to the band at the expense of the band itself.

Can musicians play in two or more bands?

Musicians can play in two or more bands taking part in the competition, providing that they are in different categories. They may not play in two bands taking part in the competition in the same category.

Is there an admission fee?

We do charge a small admission fee, but by making your hotel booking through the Rivatour Travel Agency, you will receive various advantages, including free admittance to the competition.

Hotel special offers

For the Flicorno d’Oro, our Association has tied up agreements with a number of hotels, offering special, advantageous rates, cheaper than those currently quoted at list price.

By booking through our agency Rivatour, you will receive:
– free entrance to the competition;
– 2 hours of rehearsal possibility (subject to availability – so we advise you to book as soon as possible!).

What is the registration deadline?

The registration deadline is 15th November 2019.
Admission to the competition and to the Open Category is subject to the decision of the Artistic Direction and will be communicated in writing by 31st January 2020. In case of non-admission, the entire registration fee will be returned.

What must a band play?

Bands taking part in the competition must perform the compulsory piece for their chosen category, from an original score, not photocopied, and a piece of their own choice selected from the published lists. A short warm up piece can be performed for a maximum of 3 minutes and will not be judged.

The execution order is:
– warm up max. 2 minutes
– compulsory piece
– piece of own choice.

Any band wishing to change the order of execution, must submit a written request to info@flicornodoro.it.

Is it possible to perform a piece that does not appear in the category list?

Each band in the competition must perform a piece of their own choice from the category list. Any pieces that do NOT appear in this list must be submitted in writing to the Artistic Direction.

Can a band perform a piece of their own choice from a different category?

The Artistic Direction recommends performing pieces from the chosen category. However, it is possible to present a piece from a superior category, but only upon receipt of written authorisation.

Can a band choose the date on which it performs in the competition?

The order of appearance will be set by the Artistic Direction according to organisational requirements, and will be communicated in writing to the participating bands. In the event of special needs, a preference for a date can be indicated upon registration. The organisation will draw up a calendar that endeavours to take into account everyone’s needs. However, we regret that there is no guarantee that all requests will be granted. The calendar drawn up by the organisation is non-negotiable.

How long does a performance last?

Bands taking part in the Excellence Category must perform a programme – including the warm-up, the compulsory piece and the piece of their own choice – with an effective playing time of a maximum of 45 minutes and their presence on the stage must not exceed 50 minutes. Bands taking part in the Superior and First Category must perform a programme – including the warm-up, the compulsory piece and the piece of their own choice – with an effective playing time of a maximum of 40 minutes and their presence on the stage must not exceed 45 minutes.
Bands taking part in the Second and Third Category must perform a programme – including the warm-up, the compulsory piece and the piece of their own choice – with an effective playing time of a maximum of 30 minutes and their presence on the stage must not exceed 35 minutes.

What must be performed in the Open Category?

Bands taking part in the open category must perform two pieces of their own choice based on an original score, one of which must be an original band composition. Preceding its performance, each band is entitled to play a warm-piece not exceeding 3 minutes. The programme – including the warm-up and the two pieces – must have an effective playing time of a maximum of 25 minutes and their presence on the stage must not exceed 30 minutes.