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) and Hungary (Bela Bartok Male Choir) 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 is a co-production of EBU, Latvian Television, Live Riga and the organisers of the World and European Choir Games Interkultur.
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