Activities and Timetable of the Competition


11:00 – 18:00: Welcome and registration of the Choirs (Theatre Novelli)

15:00: Choral Competition (Class E – Sacred Music – Church of Santa Maria dei Servi)

21:00: First non-competitive Concert for choirs class D and E (Theatre Novelli)



Morning and Afternoon: Welcome and registration of the Choirs (Theatre Novelli)

10:30: Choral Competition (Class A – Equal Voices Choirs – Theatre Novelli)

15:00: Choral Competition (Class D – Folk, Gospel, Spiritual – Theatre Novelli)

21:00: Second non-competitive Concert for choirs classes A and C (Theatre Novelli)



9:30: Choral Competition (Class C – Children and Youth Choirs – Theatre Novelli)

17:30: Sung Service at the Rimini Cathedral

21:00: Additional Concert in Riccione, for three selected choirs from ‘Children and Youth Choirs Category’

21:00: Third non-competitive Concert for choirs class B (Theatre Novelli)



9:30: Choral Competition (Class B – Mixed Choirs – Theatre Novelli)

17:30: Social party and meeting with the Jury (Conductors and 2 representatives of each choir)

21:00: Choral Competition (Class X – Grand Prix) – Awarding and Closing Ceremony – Theatre Novelli


Sung Service at the Church of St. Agostino – Map

The first 10 Choirs selecting this option as one of the activities on the entry form may sing all together a Mass at the Church of St. Agostino, directed by Andrea Angelini, on Saturday afternoon 22nd September 2018 at 16:30. The repertoire and the music scores of the programme is available here. The Sung Service at the Church of St. Agostino is one of the most intensive moment of the Competition. This church is worth visiting for various reasons; the architecture of the large auditorium was transformed with precious stuccoes, ancones and frescoes in the 17th and 18th centuries, although the general structure and its tall bell tower date from the 13th century.Furthermore, the apsidal part houses two wonderful cycles of frescoes by the “14th-century School of Rimini”. The bell tower chapel narrates the life of the Virgin Mary and the apse the life of John the Evangelist, whilst on the far end wall there is a mighty Enthroned Christ and a majestic and gentle Virgin with Child. The decorations in this church, probably by 14th-century Rimini-based artists, perhaps the brothers Giovanni, Giuliano and Zangolo, active in the early decades of the century, also include a Crucifix painted on a wood panel, now on the right wall of the nave and a large, fragmented fresco of the Last Judgement, now housed in the Municipal Museum.By ideally reuniting and positioning these works we have an idea of the “educational” and catechetical function those responsible for creating them and those who commissioned them sought to achieve and the spirituality of the message transmitted through the painted figures.



The ‘sacred venue’ of the Competition Church of St.a Maria of Servi – Map – Piazzetta dei Servi 1 – Rimini

At the beginning of the XIV century the Malatesta family donated some properties within the city of Rimini to the Servants of Mary who built a first chapel. A few years later the friars decided to expand their church by building a larger one, of which today you can see the side along the main street, Corso d’Augusto. The church was a single nave, inside there were numerous altars and works of art, the apse area was characterized by three chapels with the central one of greater dimensions. The right side chapel had been built by the noble family of the Agolanti, to whom we owe the coat of arms in a pilaster on the side of the church, of the mid-fourteenth century. Between 1774 and 1777 the church and the convent were renovated according to a design by the Bolognese architect Gaetano Stegani (1678-1777); Antonio Trentanove worked as a plasterer and plasticist. In 1798 the Order of Servites was suppressed and the convent passed to the Dominicans who had been transferred from their convent San Cataldo. The Dominicans brought many works of art belonging to their previous headquarters but their order was revoked in 1799. Since 1806 the church has been a parish of Santa Maria in Corte. In 1885 the parish priest Don Ugo Maccolini established the Pious Work of the Rosary and thanks to the funds collected with it, he was able to reconstruct the façade of the church built in 1894 to a design by Eng. Giuseppe Urbani (1861-1937), rebuild the upper part of the bell tower and decorated the interior of the church with gilding made by Luigi Samoggia from Bologna.


The ‘secular venue’ of the Competition Teatro Ermete Novelli – Map – Via Cappellini 3 – Rimini 

On the 27th March 1895 the Town Council decided to build a brick stage in the centre of the Racetrack, between the beach and the harbour. The measure was deemed necessary to attract the foremost theatre and variety companies during the tourist season, some of which, in the past, had declined the invitation because of the precariousness of the existing stage. The venue for various types of shows had long been placed temporarily in the area near the Kursaal, and when the Town Council decided to build a stable structure here the history of the theatre began. It was originally named “Arena al Lido” and later “Teatro Ermete Novelli”. For over a decade this “friendly fairground booth” built entirely of wood, mounted in June and dismantled at the end of the season, became one of the most important summer evening venues, contending the audience with the other two focal points for entertainment in Rimini: the Kursaal and the Pier. The Arena al Lido was the property of the Town Council, but – like all the other tourist attractions in Rimini – it was run by the “Società Anonima Bagni”, the company which managed the bathing establishments.  In 1911 the Arena al Lido ran the risk of closure as it did not conform to public safety standards. Over the years, the entire structure had become worn and shaky. Under these conditions the theatre, now decrepit, was taken over by Ermete Novelli. This great star performer decided to carry out a series of important works of restoration and embellishment. On the 10th August the newspaper “Momento”, commenting on the work done by the artist, wrote: “Mr. Ermete Novelli has worked one of his usual miracles: he has given new life to a dead structure”. And a few days later the people of Rimini, grateful for his intervention, decided to name the theatre after him. The official baptism took place on the 29th August 1911, with a comedy interpreted by Novelli himself, after a series of very successful performances. That evening Count Carlo Biancoli, the chairman of SAB, took the stage to thank publicly, on behalf of the people of Rimini, the famous star of the show, and to thunderous applause from the audience he re-named the theatre “Politeama Ermete Novelli.” Under the direction of the famous actor the theatre near the beach became a focal point for the best Italian theatre companies and for displays of elegance and worldly pleasures. The war closed this fascinating chapter of history. On the 30th January 1919 Ermete Novelli died and the theatre by the sea was taken over by the company which managed Rimini Politeama. After the war, and four years of deplorable neglect, the theatre no longer offered any guarantee of safety: the framework was corroded and the seating precarious, and the whole building threatened to collapse at any moment. The new management patched up the structure as best they could, and the theatre came to life once more: for the next six seasons the calendar of the Novelli Theatre entertained its fans once more. But in August 1925 the one-time “friendly fairground booth,” now “a rotting carcass”, was demolished. After 10 years, in the same area, a new theatre was built, again named after Ermete Novelli. This building, modern, functional and in “sober and elegant” twentieth-century style, was built throughout in reinforced concrete and could seat 1,500 people between stalls and gallery. Designed and built by surveyor Oddo Rondini and by engineer Enrico Del Piano, the new theatre filled the huge gap in the artistic and recreational life of the seaside part of the city. The major Italian companies came once more to perform at the new Novelli Theatre and for some years the city of Rimini was once more a venue for enthusiastic audiences and  all the pomp and elegance of the times of the old “Arena al Lido” were renewed.  The theatre miraculously survived the carpet bombings of 1943 and ’44, although there was some damage to the stage. For two years it was occupied by the Allies and used to entertain the occupying troops; in the summer of 1945 a modest opera season took place and in 1946 there were several variety shows. In 1947 the theatre was returned to the city. Without any explanation whatsoever, the Allies returned the Theatre in a filthy and severely damaged state: the roof, ceiling, windows, walls and decorations were devastated; boxes and seats were beyond repair; the electrical system was completely destroyed, and all the scenic equipment had disappeared. That same summer, after substantial restoration work, the Novelli Theatre opened again to the public and began once more to fulfill its role as the artistic, cultural and recreational centre of the seaside part of the city.