22 July 2017 saw the launch of a brand new international TV competition featuring Europe’s best amateur choirs who traveled to Riga and competed for the title Eurovision Choir of the Year. Carmen Manet from Slovenia won the inaugural Eurovision Choir of the Year competition.
Choirs from Austria (Hardchor Linz), Belgium (Les Pastoreaux), Denmark (Academic Choir of Aarhus), Estonia (Estonian TV Girls’ Choir), Germany (Jazzchor Freiburg), Latvia (Spīgo), Slovenia (Carmen Manet), Hungary (Bela Bartok Male Choir) and Wales took part in the event, which featured a prominent international jury including composer John Rutter (UK) and internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča. The show was hosted in English by composer Eric Whitacre (USA) and Eva Johansone (Latvia).
Eurovision Choir of The Year took place within the popular international competition European Choir Games, organized by German-based INTERKULTUR, the world’s leading organizer of international choir competitions and festivals in collaboration with LIVE RIGA.
The event took place at Riga Arena and was broadcast by EBU member channels from the participating countries, and streamed worldwide.
The full list and profiles of participants for the Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017, along with high resolution photos, can be found on the official website, eurovisionchoir.tv.
Year of production
22 July 2017
2017: ORF (Austria), RTBF (Belgium), DR (Denmark), EER (Estonia), MTVA (Hungary), RTVSLO (Slovenia), S4C (Wales), LTV (host broadcaster, Latvia), WDR (Germany), Serbia (RTS), Albania (RTSH), Arte Concert (France)
2017: Latvian Television