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Eurovision Choir of the Year

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.

FORMAT NOTES (ALL TO BE AGREED BY PARTICIPANT BROADCASTERS)

  • Each country to propose one non-professional choir of any genre  
  • Each country performs for a maximum of 6’ (can include one or several works, free genre,and should in part reflect national or regional character in some way)
  • International Jury : Elīna Garanča, John Rutter + 1 (TBC)
  • Hosts: Eric Whitacre (USA) and Eva Ikstena (Latvia)
  • International postcard segments and VT feature about European Choir Games
  • Group performance and side acts
  • Winner will be determined by jury vote
  • Prize: Record deal
  • Staging: House band/orchestra for non-competitive segments. Choirs may use instruments only if played by singers. Soloists allowed but should not predominate the set (i.e. ‘stand-out’ solos only)
  • Program length 120’

Key Facts 

  • Number of broadcaster slots: 7-8
  • Venue: Riga arena (capacity 8000)
  • Website : eurovisionchoir.tv

Details

Genre

Production status

Duration
120’

Target age
Family

Year of production
2017

Delivery
22 July 2017

Participating Broadcasters
Number of broadcaster slots: 7-8

Partners
Latvian Television

Contact details

Matthew Trustram
Project Manager
TV
+41 22 717 2623
trustram@ebu.ch
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