The registration process for the 2016 competitions is now open!.
Choirs wishing to enter the competition are required to complete the registration form provided. This registration form contains full administrative details and expectations of the MACC. To download the MACC registration form, please go to the end of this page. Places are allocated on a first come/first served basis.
For all choirs selected for the 2016 competitions, there will be an administration fee charged per choir: £50 for adult choirs & £25 for youth choirs. This is due to increased venue hire costs. The MACC is a not for profit organisation and all funds are re-invested in the event. Payment can be made via post/cheque or via BACS payment.
Below are the various criteria that are required for entry into the competition
The choir must consist of 12 persons or above (and up to approximately 100). Lesser numbers will be permitted in the Youth Choirs competition.
For the Adult Choirs competition, the choir must be one that has existed for at least 6 months prior to registration
The choir must meet and rehearse on a regular basis
For the Adult Choirs competition, the choir must be constituted in some way (ie. an organisational structure which includes a committee of officers and a definition of the role of members)
For the Youth Choirs competition, the majority of singers must be age 18 and under. No singers older than 19 on the 31st December 2016 can participate in this category
Although the choir may be paid collectively for musical engagements, no individual members of the choir shall be paid on a regular basis for their musical services or be professional singers in their own right
Each choir's performance in the competition can be accompanied or a cappella. A piano is usually supplied but any other instruments and/or portable power supply must be provided by the choir
There are no geographical limits within the UK pertaining to eligibility of entry. In essence, the 'Manchester' aspect of the competition is only in relation to where the competition is centered upon.
The MACC will be open to all choirs and singing groups from any musical background.
Each choir entering the competition will be required to rehearse and perform songs from their repertoire (enough to fill their timed performance slot), the style of which can be any that suits their abilities and tastes - maybe songs from musicals, songs from the charts or world music etc.
Choirs will be judged on the following criteria:
Performance presentation & approach
Choice and suitability of material
The winning choir shall be awarded the title of "Winner of the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition" or 'Winner of the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition: Youth Choirs', as appropriate.