Flicorno d'Oro -  International Band Competition ASSOCIAZIONE FLICORNO D’ORO | Rules and regulations Flicorno d'Oro -  International Band Competition ASSOCIAZIONE FLICORNO D’ORO | Rules and regulations
Flicorno d'Oro rules

Flicorno d'Oro rules

25th International Band Competition
Riva del Garda, 11-13 April 2025

Organizers
Associazione Flicorno d'Oro
Corpo Bandistico Riva del Garda
Trentino Bands Federation

Artistic Direction
Marco Somadossi

Musical Advisor
Daniele Carnevali

CATEGORIES

5 CATEGORIES are foreseen:

  • EXCELLENCE CATEGORY
  • SUPERIOR CATEGORY
  • FIRST CATEGORY
  • SECOND CATEGORY
  • THIRD CATEGORY

The competition is open to all kind of bands regardless of the number of their musicians. The bands must be composed of amateurs, but each band can have professional musicians in a number not exceeding 10% of the total number of the ensemble members. Under professional musicians is to understand teachers of Conservatory, Music School or Academy and orchestra or music band players with a contract of at least 12 months. The Organizer is entitled to check the identity of each band member at any time during the whole competition. The responsibility for each declaration regarding the participants is up to the president of the association / band.

Only wind and percussions instruments or instruments requested in the score are allowed. Every change to the written band instrumentation must be submitted to the Artistic Direction.

Each band in competition must perform:

the chosen category compulsory piece on a original score

  • EXCELLENCE CATEGORY:
  • SUPERIOR CATEGORY:
  • FIRST CATEGORY:
  • SECOND CATEGORY:
  • THIRD CATEGORY:

a piece of own choice from the list published HERE. Pieces, that do not occur on this list must be submitted to the Artistic Direction.

Preceding its contest performance each band is entitled to play a warm-piece not exceeding 3 minutes, which will not be evaluated by the jury.

Bands taking part in the category Excellence – must perform a programme - including the warm-up, the compulsory piece and the piece of own choice – with an effective playtime of a maximum of 45 minutes and their stay on the stage must not exceed 50 minutes.

Bands taking part in the categories Superior and First – must perform a programme - including the warm-up, the compulsory piece and the piece of own choice – with an effective playtime of a maximum of 40 minutes and their stay on the stage must not exceed 45 minutes.

Bands taking part in the categories Second and Third – must perform a programme - including the warm-up, the compulsory piece and the piece of own choice – with an effective playtime of a maximum of 30 minutes and their stay on the stage must not exceed 35 minutes.

A penalty is foreseen for those who exceed the time allowed.

The jury secretary has a stopwatch and will check the time between the first musician on the stage and the last musician leaving the stage.

The enrolment fee for each participating band is € 500.00 and does not include the scores of the compulsory and the piece of own choice.

The registration fee includes:

  • participation in the competition
  • participation in all activities, availability of cloakroom, warm-up stage, intonation and concentration room before the competition
  • free entry to the opening and awards ceremony
  • evaluation form and participation diploma
  • prizes if won
  • official program of the competition
  • on-site support from the Flicorno d'Oro team
  • stage set up with the large percussion instruments required for the compulsory piece

The registration fee DOES NOT include the rehearsal room and free entry to the competition, these benefits are reserved for ensembles who book their stay through our agency Onthego.

The enrolmente fee of € 500.00 has be sent by bank transfer to:
FLICORNO D'ORO

Bank details:
CASSA RURALE ALTO GARDA
VIA DAMIANO CHIESA 10/A
38066 RIVA DEL GARDA TN
IT BBAN V 08016 35320 000002145971
EU IBAN IT76 V080 1635 3200 0000 2145 971
Codice BIC CCRTIT2T04A

by 30 November 2024 together with the application form and the following documentation:

  • an artistic biography of the band;
  • the artistic curriculum of the conductor;
  • a recent recording;

PLEASE NOTE that the competition will be held from Friday 11 April at 14.00 until Sunday 13 April 2025 at 18.00

After the official confirmation and until 15 February 2025 the registration must be completed with:

  • a photo of the band (possibly lined-up as for a concert) as an .jpg file;
  • 5 (five) original copies only of the score of the piece of own choice. The organizers will not be held responsible for photocopied scores. After the competition, four original scores will be returned to the bands, a copy will be kept by the organizers
  • a stage plan of the band with number of chairs and music stands in each row.

Before 6 April 2025 one must send:

  • a stage plan of the band with number of chairs and music stands in each row.
  • registration of each musician with personal data and the instrument played (MUSICIAN FORM will be sent you per mail). Please advise if any musician plays as professional. (REGISTRATION FORM).
  • The order of performances within the category will be determined by the Artistic Direction on the base of technical and organizational or artistic reasons. Please note that the competition will start on Friday 11 April 2025 at 2.00 pm.
  • A conductor is not allowed to conduct more than one band in the same category, while a band can be conducted by two different conductors. A conductor is allowed to conduct two bands only if these are competing in different categories. The members of a participating band are not allowed to perform in other formations taking part in the competition in the same category.
  • Any change regarding the musicians will be taken into consideration by the Artistic Direction and by the President of the jury only if communicated in writing at the latest before the beginning of the competition (11 April 2025).
  • If the number of participants in a single category is not sufficient, the organizers may cancel that category.
  • All rights of further use of films, videos, photographs and sound recordings taken during the competition are reserved to the organizers.
  • The organizers are not responsible for any accident to persons or things during their journey or during the competition.
  • Travel and accommodation costs are at the expense of the participating bands. In occasion of the Flicorno d’Oro our Association has reached an agreement with some hotels that offer special rates compared to the currently quoted price list. The hotels are informed about the competition program and are able to meet all your needs. If you book your stay through the travel agency Onthego you will be entitled to some advantages, which include free entrance to the competition.

  • The jury is composed of internationally recognized band music experts.
  • Each performance will be given a maximum of 100/100 points by each member of the jury assessed by the following criteria:

    - Tuning
    - Quality and balance of the sound
    - Technique and articulation
    - Rhythmic and ensemble playing
    - Dynamics and phrasing
    - Interpretation

    The jury will also judge the conduction separately. The task of the jury is subjected to internal rules.
  • The judgement of the jury is to be considered final and no appeal can be made.
  • If a band exceeds the maximum performance time allowed and/or its stay on stage, 0,01 points will be deducted from the final score for each extra second.
  • The bands which are not present at the established time without any valid justification will be excluded from the competition.
  • The results will be announced at the end of the Competition.

PRIZES

  • In each of the following categories a score classification will be drawn up. The band with the highest score will be awarded the title of category winner and will be given the price consisting in instruments provided by Yamaha Music Europe.
  • All bands will receive a participation certificate;
  • The band with the highest score over 90/100 points will be awarded the overall Flicorno d’Oro trophy.
  • The organisers may award further prizes for outstanding performances or for conductors with particular artistic skills.
  • At the end of the competition procedures, the jury president and the artistic director will meet the president and the conductors (or their representatives) of the participating band for a greeting, for the delivery of the scores and for the awards ceremony information. In case of absence, the organization of the competition will send the material at the expense of the band self.
  • The presence of two representatives for each participating band is required at the award ceremony, they will receive the certificate of participation, the scorecard for each piece and criterion, and any prizes. In case of absence, the organization of the competition will send the material at the expense of the band self.

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