Mediterranean Choir & Orchestra Games – competition on the MSC SEAVIEW cruise liner

This contest invites for the participation:  Choirs, 🎺 Orchestras, 🎙 Vocal
Ensembles, ☝️
Mixed Ensembles

Barcelona (Spain) – Cannes (France) – Genoa (Italy) – La Spezia (Italy) – Civitavecchia (Italy) – Palma de Mallorca – Barcelona (Spain)


MSC SEAVIEW Cruise Liner

Cruise date:

November 1- 8, 2025

For a long time, our hearts have been yearning to create something truly exceptional for the participants of our festivals and competitions, and finally we have discovered the jewel of the Mediterranean – the “Mediterranean Choir & Orchestra Games”.

This event is not just a competition; it is an immersive experience set against the stunning views of the MSC SEAVIEW cruise liner. We are thrilled to extend a warm invitation to you for the extraordinary “Mediterranean Choir & Orchestra Games” – an event that transcends the boundaries of conventional music competitions. Set against the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and hosted on board the MSC SEAVIEW cruise liner, this competition promises an unrivalled combination of music, travel and cultural enrichment.

Day of arrival and accommodation at a hotel on the Costa Brava or Barcelona*

Day 1Saturday, 1 Nov 2025Port:Barcelona, SpainArrival: —Departure: 17:00
Day 2Sunday, 2 Nov 2025Port:Cannes (Costa Azul), FranceArrival: 8:30Departure: 17:30
Day 3Monday, 3 Nov 2025Port:Genoa (Portofino), ItalyArrival: 7:00Departure: 18:00
Day 4Tuesday, 4 Nov 2025Port:La Spezia (Cinque Terre), ItalyArrival: 7:00Departure: 18:00
Day 5Wednesday, 5 Nov 2025Port:Civitavecchia (Rome), ItalyArrival: 7:00Departure: 19:00
Day 6Thursday, 6 Nov 2025Port:At seaArrival: —Departure: —
Day 7Friday, 7 Nov 2025Port:Palma de Mallorca, SpainArrival: 9:00Departure: 23:00
Day 8Saturday, 8 Nov 2025Port:Barcelona, SpainArrival: 8:00Departure: —

All of our programs consist of two parts:

1. Participation in the competition;
2. Participation in the contest without competing in the competition*.

* For those who do not wish to take part in the competition programme and be evaluated by the jury, but who wish to perform within the framework of the competition in an open and friendly atmosphere. To exchange experiences, attend master classes and take advantage of excursion programmes!

6 reasons why you need participate in this festival

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For the contest:
In the nomination:


Choir Categories:

  • A. Children’s Choir (Up to 12 years old);
  • B. Youth Choir (13 to 18 years old);
  • C. Adult Choir (19 to 45 years old);
  • D. Senior Choir (46 years and above);
  • E. Mixed Age Group (participants from various age categories);
  • F. Vocal Ensembles.


  • I. Academic Singing;
  • II. Pop – jazz – gospel;
  • III. World Sacred Music;
  • IV. Folklore.

Mixed Ensembles:

  • M. Open to groups combining vocal and instrumental elements.

Orchestra and Music Band Categories:

  • A. Children’s Orchestras (Up to 14 years old);
  • B. Junior Orchestra (14 – 18 years old);
  • C. Adult Orchestra (19 years and above);
  • D. Music Band;
  • E. Marching Orchestras.

Performance time: maximum 15 minutes*


Venue and Performance Setup:

  • The competition and Gala concert will take place in one of the theaters on board MSC SEAVIEW cruise liner.

Phonogram Submission:

  • In categories where a phonogram is used for performances, participants must send a phonogram in MP3 format to the e-mail address provided, together with a confirmation form, by the deadline indicated.

Instrumental Requirements:

  • Participants requiring certain musical instruments for their performance must notify the organizers in advance. This ensures timely booking and availability of the required instruments

Rehearsal and Soundcheck:

  • All participants will be allotted a specific time for rehearsal and sound check before their scheduled performance. It is essential to adhere to the allotted time for the smooth running of the competition.

Technical Requirements:

  • Clearly outline any technical requirements such as lighting, sound equipment or special effects.

The jury of the “Mediterranean Choir & Orchestra Games” is staffed by outstanding artists, educators and producers. The exact list of jury members will be published closer to the beginning of the competition. The list of possible members of the jury of the competition can be found at:

The jury has the right

  • not to award all the prizes; 
  • to share prize among performers;
  • to award special prizes to teachers for outstanding achievements;
  • to make a decision about breaking a performance which exceeds the bounds of the regulations;
  • the jury’s decisions are final and are not subject to review.
Judging criteria:
  • Choir Categories:
  • – Vocal Skills: 35 points;
  • – Musical Interpretation: 30 points;
  • – Stage Presence: 20 points;
  • – Program Selection: 10 points;
  • – Overall Impression: 5 points.
  • Orchestra Categories:
  • – Musical technique and mastery: 30 points;
  • – Musical interpretation and expressiveness: 25 points;
  • – Interaction and collaboration among participants: 20 points;
  • – Program selection and originality: 15 points;
  • – Overall impression and stage performance: 10 points.
  • Mixed Ensemble Category:
  • – Musical Performance: 35 points;
  • – Interpretation: 30 points;
  • – Creative Choice and Arrangement: 20 points;
  • – Stage Presence: 10 points;
  • – Overall Impression: 5 points.

The jury evaluates the participants on 100-point scale

  • participants who received up to 70 points become diploma Holders;
  • participants who received from 70 to 79 points – laureates of the third degree;
  • participants who received from 80 to 89 points become laureates of the second degree;
  • participants who received from 90 to 99 points become laureates of the first degree;
  • participants who received 100 points become Winners of the Grand Prize of the contest “Mediterranean Choir & Orchestra Games”.

The Grand Prix winners received a large special crystal trophy and diplomas (one for each group/category) and a Special Cruise trophy cup MSC SEAVIEW.

  • First place winners received a standard crystal trophy and diplomas (one per group/category);
  • Second, third place and Diploma Holders winners received diplomas (one per group/category);

Each group / delegation is given a personalized certificate in the form of engraving on a special base for its contribution into the cultural international relations.

The leader of each group and sponsor is presented with a thank-you letter on stamped paper of the Kingdom of Spain.
*Each contestant in the group can request a named diploma and medal  for 10 euros (before the competition).


1st day – Arrival in Barcelona:
– Transfer to the hotel,
– Optional tour of Barcelona (for additional cost),
– Check-in to hotel in Lloret de Mar or Barcelona,
– Dinner.

2nd day – Boarding day on cruise liner:
– Breakfast in the hotel,
– Boarding – registration, cruise card issuance,
– Lunch on the cruise liner,
– Dinner on the cruise liner,
– General meeting for all participants and a separate meeting with group leaders,
– Evening program.

3rd day – Cannes Research:
– Breakfast,
– Half-day optional excursion to explore Cannes (for additional cost),
– Lunch,
– Dinner in a restaurant or buffet,
– Evening program.

4th day – Milan or Genoa Excursion and First part of the competition:
– Breakfast in the buffet or restaurant,
– Full-day excursion to Milan or excursion to Genoa (optional, for additional cost),
– First part of the competition in the theater,
– Lunch,
– Dinner,
– Creative meetings, masterclasses,
– Evening program.

5th day – La Spezia Exploration and Second part of the competition:
– Breakfast in the buffet or restaurant,
– Full-day excursion to La Spezia (optional, for additional cost),
– Lunch,
– Second part of the competition in the theater,
– Dinner,
– Evening program.

6th day – Exploration of Rome:
– Breakfast,
– Full-day excursion to Rome (optional, for additional cost),
– Lunch,
– Creative meetings, masterclasses,
– Dinner.

7th day – Day at Sea and Gala Concert:
– Breakfast, lunch
– Day at sea with onboard activities,
– Gala concert and awarding of participants,
– Dinner,
– Evening program.

8th day – Excursion on Palma de Mallorca:
– Breakfast,
– Full-day excursion on Palma de Mallorca (optional, for additional cost),
– Lunch,
– Dinner,
– Evening program.

9th day – Arrival in Barcelona:
– Breakfast,
– Arrival in Barcelona,
– Disembarkation (Check-out from cruise liner).

✅ ATTENTION! Organizers can modify the programme.


Accommodation and Cost:

Interior Deluxe

  • Double occupancy: from €1250 per person
  • Third and fourth adult: from €980
  • Third and fourth child (up to 17 years old): from €683

Vista al Mar Deluxe with Window

  • Double occupancy: from €1369 per person
  • Third and fourth adult: from €1045
  • Third and fourth child (up to 17 years old): from €740

Camarote con Balcon Deluxe

  • Double occupancy: from €1475 per person
  • Third and fourth adult: from €1100
  • Third and fourth child (up to 17 years old): from €760

Preferably double accommodations. Children under 12 years old may receive discounts if they are the third or fourth passenger in a cabin.
Triple and quadruple cabins are available in limited quantities. Prices are updated every 2 months.

For participation in the additional nomination for groups up to 10 people – surcharge 25 euros/person.
For participation in the additional nomination for groups of 11 persons and more – surcharge 275 euros per group.

✅ For a detailed calculation, please contact us via email or phone: Email: Phone: +34 688 276 248


  • Accommodation in the chosen cabin;
  • Full board;
  • drinks package included dedicated selection of house wines by the glass, beer, a selection of classic cocktails, mixed cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks (unlimited non-alcoholic cocktails, soft drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, bottled water, fruit juices, a wide range of premium coffee drinks (espresso, cappuccino, caffe latte, hot tea), hot chocolate delights, organic tea and ice cream). Drinks included in the selection can be consumed in all bars, buffets and restaurants, except in speciality restaurants and theme bars;
  • Cocktail with captain;
  • Gala night with a special menu;
  • Use of all ship facilities;
  • Participation in onboard activities and entertainment;
  • Contest participation, Gala concert and Award ceremony;
  • Competition fees for one category;
  • Diplomas and special certificates;
  • Visa support is available;

Not included in the price:

  • One night in Lloret de Mar or Barcelona (please ask our managers for the price:
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the Port of Barcelona (please ask our managers for the price:
  • Excursions.
  • HEALTH CARE INSURANCE – Mandatory insurance for the group with any insurance company or with MSC Cruises (Europe Assistance).

✅ INCREASE the number of days of your stay and we will organize for you a great excursion programme in Barcelona!

✅ BOOK your excursion programme in advance with our managers, find out the details of our excursion offer:

ATTENTION: For accompany persons who do not perform and do not take part in workshops – a 5% discount is given on the package price.

Important Notes

  • Group excursions must be booked in advance with the official organizer for proper coordination;
  • Self-booking of excursions with third-party companies is not allowed;
  • If you arrive in Spain earlier than the cruise start date, please ask our managers for hotel prices:
  • After the cruise, we can arrange an additional stay in Spain and organize an excursion programme to Barcelona, the Dali Museum, etc.


Participating in the “Mediterranean Choir & Orchestra Games” contest on the MSC SEAVIEW cruise liner offers a unique and enriching experience for performers. Here are seven compelling reasons to be a part of this exceptional event:

  • An unprecedented festival-competition is being held on a cruise liner.
  • Official Prizes and Awards: Compete for prestigious awards and official prizes.
  • International Participation: Engage with participants from diverse countries, fostering cultural exchange and creating lasting connections with artists worldwide.
  • Expert jury evaluation and exchange of experience: receive valuable feedback and evaluations from an outstanding jury and cultural experts. Learn from the evaluations and exchange of experiences with fellow participants.
  • Explore various European destinations in one week: embark on a fascinating journey to multiple European cities, including Barcelona (Spain) – Cannes (France) –Genoa (Portofino), Italy – La Spezia (Italy) – Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy – Palma de Mallorca (Spain) – Barcelona (Spain).
  • Cultural enrichment: immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of each destination, gaining insights into the history, art, and traditions of the Mediterranean region.
  • Showcase on a professional stage: have the opportunity to perform on a professional stage during the Gala concert, presenting your artistry in front of an international audience.
  • Participation in the “Mediterranean Choir and Orchestral Games” competition promises a memorable and rewarding experience combining artistic excellence, cultural enrichment and an unprecedented cruise ship journey on the Mediterranean.

  • the last day of receiving of the applications is for 70 days before the beginning of the competition for participants who do not require a visa;
  • the last day of receiving of the applications is for 90 days before the beginning of the competition for participants who require a visa;
  • the last day of payment is for 60 days before the beginning of the competition;
  • terms and conditions of the agreement are to be requested from our managers.

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Competition jury and master classes

The jury includes world renowned vocalists, conductors, musicians, producers, music critics from Spain, France, Italy, China, the USA and other countries. The international jury is formed by the organizer of the competition.

Bernardo Latini

Composer · Choir conductor · Educator

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Bernardo Latini. A significant portion of his time is devoted to writing music, with a special focus on choral compositions, whether a cappella or combined with orchestra or ensemble.

Teaching also plays a vital role in Bernardo’s activities. He is a faculty member at the National University of La Plata (UNLP) in Argentina and regularly conducts courses and workshops in Latin America and Europe.
Bernardo pursued studies in Composition and Choral Conducting at the Faculty of Arts of UNLP. He further refined his skills in Composition under the guidance of Maestro Bernat Vivancos at the Escola Superior de Música (ESMUC) in Barcelona, Catalonia, and in Choral Conducting with Maestro Marco Berrini in Milan, Italy.
His compositions and arrangements have received 16 awards in National and International Choral Composition or Arrangement Competitions, and his works have been published by prestigious publishers in Germany, Austria, Catalonia, the United States, and Argentina.

Jordi Casas Bayer

Conductor and musician

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Jordi Casas Bayer
He began his musical studies at the Escolania de Montserrat, and later continued pursuing them in Barcelona, where he also studied Law and Philosophy. He founded the Càrmina Choir and was its conductor for more than fifteen years. He also conducted, for two years, the RTVE Choir. From September of 1988 until 1998 he was the musical director and artistic director of the Orfeó Català. In September of 1990 he formed the Chamber Choir of the Palau de la Música Catalana, which he conducted until July of 2011. He has also been in charge of the Comunidad de Madrid Choir from 2000 until July of 2011. In Madrid, he also developed his work as a choir conductor with the Teatro Real Choir, which regularly collaborated with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, between 2004 and 2008.
He has conducted and prepared around three thousand concerts, having the opportunity to collaborate with the most prestigious of conductors, with a great variety of instrumental ensembles, and, at the same time, cultivating all kinds of genres and styles.
He has taught numerous courses on choir conducting, both in Spain and abroad, and has participated as conductor in Europe’s most prestigious festivals (Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and Austria) and also in Israel, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, the USA, Argentina, Brasil, China, Morrocco, and Japan. In the summer of 1997, he conducted the Europa Cantat European Youth Choir.
Recently, he has been conductor, for the second time, of the RTVE Choir from September of 2011 to August of 2013. Regarding choir, he is currently an artist in residence of the l’Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, and he assiduously collaborates with the Scherzo Female Chamber Choir as guest conductor.

Joan Carles Capdevila

Musician · Singer · Musical arranger

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Joan Carles Capdevila Torné, a graduate in Modern and Jazz Music from the Superior School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC), is a recognized professional in the music field. His extensive experience includes roles as an arranger, composer, studio singer, and member of a cappella groups.
Joan Carles is an experienced teacher in the field of musical theater. He has recorded for renowned film companies such as Disney and Warner Bros. Furthermore, he is a regular collaborator in television programs produced by Gestmusic Endemol, including popular shows like Operación Triunfo, Vivo cantando, and Buscant La Trinca.


Xavier García Cardona

Conductor, pianist and composer graduated in orchestra conducting from Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona.

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He teaches piano, music theory and harmony in Academia Barcelona Concertante and is the main conductor of Cor Tessàlia. García has conducted several choirs and orchestras and has been invited to hold seminars, presentations and workshops for choirs and for different choral meetings, festivals and symposiums, both in Spain as well as in other European countries. He was one of the founders and co-conductors of the Revoice International Vocal Ensemble, a choir of singers from more than 25 nationalities, performing in several countries and important festivals and events around Europe.
As a composer he has achieved national and international success winning different prizes, and his works are performed worldwide. He has been invited as a jury member of choral composition competitions and choir competitions.
García obtained a fellowship to participate in the “Start-Up for young conductors” program at the European Festival of Youth Choirs Basel 2016. He was also involved in the organization of the World Choral Symposium Barcelona 2017 and has been a member of the artistic committee of the Catalan Youth Choirs Association. He is currently an active member of the Spanish Association of choral conductors (AEDCORO).

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