Competition & Festival including the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation Grand Prix and a special prize awarded by Miroslav Miroslav Košler.
The “Praga Cantat” Competition and the Choir Singing Festival represents the very best Prague choral events. In 30 years, 850 choirs from 38 countries have taken part. The city of the “Cent Clochers “and its many churches, castles and palaces will seduce you long with the Charles Bridge, the Church of St. Nicholas, the Hradcany Castle and the historic city: this magnificent heritage site classified by UNESCO offers a superb atmosphere for this festival. The Festival and the Competition take place in the Mayakovsky Hall of the National House, a unique Neo-Renaissance period.
Upon arrival at the hotel, welcome by your guide and room check in.
18:00: reception for choirmasters and presidents (2 people per choir) at the Old Town Hall.
Dinner (optional) at the hotel and free evening.
Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
10:00 am: Opening of the event by a concert with the famous Czech Chorus “Cancioneta Praga” and “Bonifantes” at the Na Vinohrady National House, Prague 2, where the competition, the festival and the closing ceremony are held.
Free time for lunch.
In the afternoon from 2 pm (and until evening): Competition for all categories.
For the choirs participating in the festival (category G), free time with the possibility of listening to the choirs participating in the contest. OR, possibility of a concert organized in a retirement home (depending on the time available).
Dinner (optional) and free evening.
Possibility of reserving places in one of Prague’s theaters, such as the Black Light Theater, the National Theater, the Municipal House or the Opera House.
Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel
Morning: Guided tour (entrance fees not included) of Prague including visit of the Castle district (Hradcany)
You will see: the Royal Palace, St George’s Basilica, a masterpiece of Czech medieval art, the church of Notre Dame de Lorette, Saint-Guy Cathedral, which houses an admirable stained glass window painted by Mucha Strahov as well as two famous libraries and the legendary
Golden lane …. Entry fees NOT included.
Free time for lunch for all choirs.
Afternoon: Competition for the “Grand Prix 2017”. All choirs can attend.
Free time for dinner for all choirs.
Evening: Closing ceremony at the National House with prizes and diplomas, followed by the performance of the mandatory works in each category, a small concert given by the choir that will win the “Grand Prix”; Then an evening of dancing .
Return to the hotel at the end of the evening.
Departure after breakfast or extended stay.
Standard program, subject to modification by the organizer.
Possibility to meet a local choir if you choose to extend your stay: let us know.
Optional guided tours in Prague:
It is in the old town, a labyrinth of cobbled, lively and picturesque alleys that is the hearbeat of Prague. This district, which dates back more than a thousand years, is one of the most important places in the history of Bohemia. It stretches from the Old Town Square to the famous Charles Bridge.
You will discover the Town Hall and the stunning 15th century astronomical clock, St Nicholas Church, Kinsky Palace with Rococo façade, House with stone bell the most valuable building of the Old Town, the church Gothic Notre-Dame de Tyn, then the Place de la République where the Powder Tower stands and the magnificent Art Nouveau building of the Municipal House (Obecni dum).
Situated at the foot of the castle, Mala Strana “the little side” is the aristocratic district of Prague where one passes from wonderful palaces to secret gardens, through alleys and stairways. (This maze of alleys appears in the film “Amadeus” directed by the Czech Milos Forman).
You will discover the church of St Nicolas, a masterpiece of baroque art, with all its exuberant excess. The church is easily recognizable by its green dome, 75 m high, surmounted by the bell tower.
It was in this church that Mozart, in Prague, played the organ in 1787.
You will cross the famous Charles Bridge (14th century) which offers a magnificent panoramic view over the Castle and the river. It connects Mala Strana to the old town.