In just two weeks choirs from nine different countries will take part in the first ever edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year. The competition, which is the latest addition to the Eurovision Family of Events, will take place in Riga, Latvia on Saturday 22 July.
The first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year will be produced by host broadcaster Latvian Television (LTV) and Riga Tourism Development Bureau (LIVE RIGA) and will be held at the Riga Arena in the Latvian capital.
Eurovision Choir of The Year will take place within the leading international competition European Choir Games, operated by German promoter Interkultur. 150 choirs are expected in Riga to participate in the event.
Which countries are participating?
Choirs from 9 EBU Member countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary Latvia, Germany, Slovenia and Wales) will compete for the title of Eurovision Choir of the Year, with prizes including a recording deal for the winning choir.
Each choir will perform a six minute unaccompanied set in any genre and will be judged by a high-profile jury including British composer John Rutter and Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča.
Are tickets on sale?
"Singing in choirs is a healthy, social and artistic activity that anyone, young or old, musically experienced or not, can take part in - and one which is growing in popularity across the world," said EBU Head of Live Events Jon Ola Sand. "Eurovision Choir of the Year will showcase the vast possibilities of the human voice and aims to inspire new singers to get involved," he added.
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