In just one week, on Saturday 22 July, the first ever edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year will take place in Riga, Latvia. What can you expect from the latest addition to the Eurovision Family of Events?
In total nine choirs will participate in Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017. Wales will participate for the first time in a Eurovision Family of Events production. The participants (in alphabetical order):
- Hardchor Linz (Austria)
- Les Pastoreaux (Belgium)
- Academic Choir of Aarhus (Denmark)
- Estonian TV Girls’ Choir (Estonia)
- Jazzchor Freiburg (Germany)
- Spīgo (Latvia)
- Carmen Manet (Slovenia)
- Bela Bartok Male Choir (Hungary)
- Côr Merched Sir Gâr (Wales)
What can you expect from Eurovision Choir?
Each choir will perform a six minute unaccompanied set in any genre. The songs can include one or several works, and should in part reflect their respective national or regional character in some way.
The choirs will be judged by a high-profile jury, including British composer John Rutter and Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča.
Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and Latvian Television’s culture presenter Eva Johansone will host the show.
A new member to the family
The Choir of The Year competition the latest addition to the Eurovision family of Events. Other events include:
- The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 (to be held in Tbilisi, Georgia in November)
- Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 (to be held in Prague, Czech Republic in December)
- Eurovision Song Contest (to be held in Portugal in May 2018)
- Eurovision Young Musicians (to be held in 2018)
Where to watch?
Eurovision Choir of the Year will be broadcast live from the Riga Arena on 22 July at 20:00 and available to watch on the channels of the participating countries. The show will also be streamed worldwide on the official Eurovision Choir channel on YouTube.
Follow the action live from Riga!
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