Choral Trips

Festival di Verona 2018 - International Choir Festival and Choir Competition in Verona

29th International Days of Choral Music at the Arena di Verona

from 04. bis 08. April 2018

foto: Agenzia Europlan, Bardolino

all fotos: Agenzia Europlan, Bardolino

Associazione Gruppi Corali Veronesi

The annual Verona choir competition with choir festival belongs to the cultural highlights of the music events in the province of Verona and also of the Associazione Gruppi Corali Veronesi. The 29th edition of the International Choir Competition offers choirs and choral societies the opportunity to meet choirs from other nations and to present themselves musically at different venues. The program of the festival includes the participation in the opening concert, the performance of your choir during the competition, a joint friendship concert together with a local Italian host choir. The famous Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona, offers an impressive setting for the closing ceremony and the final group singing.

During your stay you will get to know the historic Old Town of Verona with its romantic lanes and balconies once inspired Shakespeare to the classic love story, Romeo & Juliet. Let yourself be inspired by the rich tradition of this city.

Our program for your choir trip

04 April 2018
Arrive and official opening ceremony of the choir festival

Attending choirs arrive at the Lake Garda (southern part)
Meet your local assistant at the hotel and group dinner.
Official opening concert of the choir festival  in Verona.
 

05 April 2018
Choir competition begins in Verona

Group 1: Participation in the competition and city sightseeing in Verona. Group dinner at your hotel in the evening.

Group 2: Free day on your own at the Lake Garda (without guide assistant). Opportunity for optional day excursion to Venice, Parma, Bergamo or Trento.
In the evening free time on your own.
 

06 April 2018
Second day of the choir competition

Group 1: Free day on your own at the Lake Garda (without guide assistant). Opportunity for optional day excursion to Venice, Parma, Bergamo or Trento.
In the evening free time on your own.

Group 2: Participation in the competition and city sightseeing in Verona. Group dinner at your hotel in the evening.
 

07 April 2018
Closing ceremony of the choir festival

Morning reception in Verona for all choir directors together with the city mayor and representatives of the city.
Following the closing ceremony of the choir festival in Verona with awards ceremony.
Distribution of prizes and cups to the participants of the choir competition.

Following all choirs are invited to attend a get-together event with canapés and wine.
The Festival ceremony ends with a grand procession from the reception through the city of Verona to the Arena di Verona, where all choirs will join together to sing “Va pensiero” by G. Verdi, “Ode to Joy” by L. van Beethoven and “Amazing Grace” by J. Newton.
Return back to your hotel in the late afternoon and group dinner at hotel.
Evening friendship concert together with an Italian host choir near Verona.
 

08 April 2018 Departure

Depart the Lake Garda after breakfast and return for home.
 

Our services for your choir trip

  • 4 nights in a 3* category hotel at the Lake Garda (southern part)
  • Breakfast and 3x dinner in the evening
  • Participation in choir competition including all costs and fees
  • Opening ceremony of the choir festival with concert in Verona
  • Sightseeing in Verona (no official guided tour)
  • Evening friendship concert together with Italian host choir
  • Closing ceremony  in Verona with prize giving ceremony to participants of the choir competition
  • Get-together event for all attending choirs with canapés and wine in Verona
  • English speaking escort throughout the festival stay
  • 1 free place based on a minimum of 25 participants
  • Optional day excursion to Venice, Parma, Bergamo or Trento (supplement)

Depending on your travel arrangements we will be happy to assiste you with organizing your choir trip and with booking ground transportation (local Italian coach) to/from the airports either in Verona, Milano-Malpensa, Milano-Linate and Bergamo or to/from the train station in Verona.

Request an individual offer for this trip