General Contest Information

There are three contest classes: Men, Women and Mixed.
There will be both chorus and quartet contests in all three classes.
Contests for three organizations will be ongoing in parallel: SNOBS, NLR (SA Nordic Light Region 32) and European Barbershop.
This means that there will be a variety of rules and judging panels in the various contests.
All non-SNOBS and non-NLR groups compete only in the European Barbershop contest.
Results for the top 3 SNOBS Choruses in each class will be considered in the European Barbershop Chorus contest.
SNOBS Quartets will sing in both a semifinal and final. Results for the top 3 SNOBS Quartets in each class will be considered in the European Barbershop Quartet contest.
Results for the top 3 NLR Choruses and top 3 NLR Quartets will be considered in the European Barbershop Chorus and Quartet contest in the Women’s class.
Contest entry for EBC is now closed.

Contest Information European Groups (Non-NLR and Non-SNOBS)

Open to qualified/nominated Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Choruses and Quartets.
BHS Rules apply to all contests.
Choruses and Quartets must prepare 2 songs.
Judging panel will consist of 6 BHS judges in all contests.
Results from all groups will be considered in the European Contests.
Note that publication of results for European groups competing in the Women’s and Mixed Quartet contests will be delayed until the corresponding finals in the SNOBS contest have been completed.

Stage test

  • Wednesday: 10.00 - 11.00   SNOBS Men + SNOBS & Euro Mix quartets, 1 min each
  • Thursday: 09.00 - 10.00   Women SNOBS quartets, 1 min each
  • Friday: 08.00 - 08.10   Euro Men quartets 1+1 min each
  • Friday: 08.10 - 9.00   SNOBS Men + Euro choruses 2+1 min each

Contest Information NLR Groups

Open to NLR Women’s Choruses and Quartets
Sweet Adeline rules apply to the NLR Contest. BHS rules apply to the European and SNOBS Contests.
Choruses and Quartets must prepare 2 songs.
NLR Choruses and Quartets may choose to compete in International Division, Open Division or for Evaluation only.
Both Choruses and Quartets may also choose to compete in the SNOBS Contests.
Judging panel for the NLR Contest will consist of 4 Sweet Adeline judges (1 in each category).
All groups will be judged in parallel for the European Contest by a panel of 3 BHS judges (1 in each category). Results from the top 3 Choruses and top 3 Quartets will be considered in the European contest. If you are competing in both NLR and SNOBS it’s only your SNOBS final score that will be taken into consideration for the European Contest.
Some groups will be judged in parallel for the SNOBS Contest by a panel of 6 BHS judges (2 in each category). 50% (or at least 6) of the competing Quartets will qualify for the SNOBS finals.
Note that publication of the Women’s quartet results from the BHS panels will be delayed until the corresponding finals in the SNOBS contests have been completed.
Sound check chorus on Wednesday at 08.30 - 10.00. We will need as many NLR members as possible to attend at the arena (up to 100 people is needed)

Forms you need to hand in on the day of competition


Stage test and briefing
  • Wednesday: 08.30 - 10.00   Sound check chorus (judges check sound and light)
  • Thursday: 08.00 - 09.00   Women’s quartet briefing + emcee test
  • Thursday: 09.00 - 10.00   Women’s quartet stage test, 1 min each
  • Saturday: 08.00 - 09.00   Women’s chorus briefing + emcee test
  • Saturday: 09.00 - 10.00   Stage test for chorus directors, 2 min/director

Contest Information SNOBS Groups

Open to SNOBS Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Choruses and Quartets.
BHS rules apply to all contests.
Choruses must prepare 2 songs.
Quartets must prepare 4 songs (2 songs for the semifinal and 2 songs for the final, if qualified). 50% (or at least 6 quartets) of the quartets competing in the semifinal in each class will qualify for the final.
Judging panel will consist of 6 BHS judges (2 in each category) for all contests. However, results from the finals from only 3 of these judges (1 in each category) will be used for the European Women’s Chorus and Quartet contests.
Results from the finals for the top 3 Choruses and top 3 Quartets will be considered in the European contest.

Stage test

  • Wednesday: 10.00 - 11.00   SNOBS Men + SNOBS & Euro Mix quartets, 1 min each
  • Thursday: 09.00 - 09:45   Women SNOBS quartets, 1 min each
  • Thursday: 09:45-10:00 SNOBS Mixed Choruses
  • Friday: 08.00 - 08.10   Euro Men quartets 1+1 min each
  • Friday: 08.10 - 9.00   SNOBS Men + Euro choruses 2+1 min each

Determination of European Championship

The medalists in the European Championships in each class will be determined as shown below.

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Arena and Stage

Contestants enter the arena via the main entrance, where our contest assistants will guide you along the path.

All groups except women’s choruses may use their warmup rooms for singing before you go to backstage area nr 1. All choruses will in backstage area nr 1 have 8 risers to practice and sing on. Then you move to the Backstage area nr 2, right behind the stage, no singing is allowed. Practice your best smile until it’s your turn to enter the stage. Quartets will be guided directly to backstage nr 2.

For women’s choruses there will be rooms available for final touch, get together, but NO singing for 30 minutes. Then there will be rooms provided for 30 min (no raisers) where you can sing and do other preparations prior to entering the stage. All choruses will in backstage area nr 1 have 8 risers to practice and sing on. Then you move to the backstage area nr 2, right behind the stage, where no singing is allowed. Practice your best smile until it’s your turn to enter the stage.

The stage is entered from the left side - audience perspective - and the exit on the right side.

As there is limited space to keep your items during the performance we ask that you bring as few things as possible to the arena. Your belongings will be taken care of by contest assistants during your stage time and you pick them up after getting off the stage. It is however important to note that the convention committee cannot be held responsible for your valuables, so the fewer you bring to the arena, the better. In the entrance hall of the arena there are unattended cloak rooms, on the left side for women and on the right for men, directly adjacent to toilets.

Detailed layout

Judges

NLR

  • Beth Smith - Sound
  • Mary Ashford - Music
  • Vickie Maybury - Expression & Panel Chair
  • Becki Hine - Visual Communication

SNOBS and EC

  • Steven Armstrong - Music
  • Clay Hine - Music
  • David Mills - Singing
  • Eric Dalbey - Singing
  • Robert Ross – Performance
  • Patrick Brown - Performance

Rehearsing Possibilities

The arena is limited when it comes to rehearsal rooms during the event. Apart from the preparation time in the rooms mentioned above we cannot provide rehearsal space.

STIM/NCB report

All participants - contestants AND show performers - must hand in a STIM/NCB-report at the briefings before the competitions.
STIM, Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå (Swedish Performing Rights Society), is a Swedish collecting society for songwriters, composers and music publishers. Its role is to act as an agent for its members in order to collect license fees whenever their musical works are performed in public, broadcast or transmitted, and to pay out performing royalties. Copyrights are administered through another organization, NCB, of which STIM is part owner.Remember to STIM-report participation in the shows as well. Do this when receiving the score sheets at the latest.
Questions about STIM can be sent to Ulrika Lernmark at MrsCopyrightnordiclightregion@gmail.com

Background information for the Webcast

In order for our webcast hostess to introduce you to the viewers properly, we ask that you fill out a chorus form or a quartet form, providing us with details needed. This will be an important part of the scripts used to introduce you and will also be used as a base for questions/topics when you visit the webcast hostess after your performance. Read the instructions carefully and be as generous and embellished as possible when answering the questions.
If you have not yet filled in the webcast form please do so, it will give our webcast host the best way to introduce your group!

Photographs

Our official photographer this year is Dick Gillberg and he will take pictures of the performing groups on stage. Inform him about your final photo pose by filling out this form.
The pictures can after the competition be ordered either printed or as digital photos. More information will follow.
Please note that it is not permitted to take pictures or record video or sound during the competition unless you have a special permit from the organizers.

Competition assistants needed!

In order for the competitions to run smoothly, the committee requires all participating Nordic groups to assist as competition assistants, by supplying as many members as possible to help out backstage, at the registration desk, with traffic pattern etc. This will of course not interfere with their time of competition. Please ask your chorus/quartet members to fill out this form as soon as possible.

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