22 July 2017 sees the launch of a brand new international TV competition featuring Europe’s best amateur choirs who will travel to Riga and compete for the title Eurovision Choir of the Year.
Choirs from Austria (Hardchor Linz), Belgium (Les Pastoreaux), Denmark (Academic Choir of Aarhus), Estonia (Estonian TV Girls’ Choir), Germany (Jazzchor Freiburg), Latvia (TBC pending national selection), Slovenia (Carmen Manet), Hungary (Bela Bartok Male Choir) and Wales will take part in the event, which features a prominent international jury including composer John Rutter (UK) and internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča. The show will be hosted in English by composer Eric Whitacre (USA) and Eva Ikstena (Latvia).
Eurovision Choir of The Year will take 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 takes place at Riga Arena on 22 July at 21h00 EEST /Riga (20h00 CEST) and will be broadcast by EBU member channels from the participating countries, and streamed worldwide.
Year of production
22 July 2017
Number of broadcaster slots: 7-8