Alliance Française Concours de la Chanson


(French Singing Competition)

Wellington June 19-20, 2010

In association with the Cultural Service of the French Embassy, NZ School of Music and NZ Opera Society.

To celebrate the international Fête de la Musique (World Music Day), the Alliance Française Wellington invites entries from singers aged 18- 30 years for the inaugural Concours de la Chanson to be held in Wellington the weekend of 19-20 June, 2010. The competition comprises two categories: modern chanson and classical mélodie. A prize of $1500 will be awarded to the winner of each category, consisting of $1000 plus a scholarship of two terms’ tuition at the Alliance Française Wellington. Entries close June 6, 2010. Information and entry forms available at


1. The competition is open to solo singers aged 18-30 years. Only accompaniment by a single live instrument is permitted. No recorded accompaniments.

2. All songs must be sung in French.

3. There are two categories of competition:

i) modern chanson as epitomised by the work of popular singers like Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens, Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Barbara, Léo Ferré and Serge Gainsbourg.

ii) classical mélodie, that is, classical art song written in French for solo voice and piano in the style of French composers of the 19th century or later such as Berlioz, Massenet, Duparc, Chausson, Chabrier, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc.

4. Entrants may enter both categories.

5. Entrants will be judged on accuracy of language and appropriate style for the genre as well as singing performance.

6. An elimination round may be held on the afternoon of Saturday 19th June.

7. Final at St Andrews on the Terrace, 7.30pm Sunday 20 June.

8. 1st prize in each category is $1000 plus a scholarship for two terms’ tuition at Alliance Française Wellington (not transferable).

9. Enquiries phone 04 475-9909


By June 6, 2010 by post, email to or delivered to our Wellington office with the following details:

Name, date of birth, address, telephone, and email.

Teacher’s name and contact details if applicable.

Title of song, composer and approximate length.

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