Choir for televised euro event chosen

The choir that will represent Latvia in a new contest styling itself Eurovision for choirs has been selected.

The 'Spīgo' women's choir from Jelgava will participate in the 'Eurovision choir of the Year' competition, being held in Riga which will be televised in several European countries.

The choir is conducted by Līga Celma–Kursiete and won a televised contest in which the winner was decided by a studio jury and telephone votes combined.

You can see the winning rendition below.

As previously reported by LSM, Eurovision Choir of The Year will take place July 22 within the European Choir Games, operated by German company Interkultur and organised in collaboration with LIVE RIGA, the tourism agency of Riga City Council. 

Choirs pay a subscription of €100 per year to Interkultur, plus a registration fee of between €200 and €400 to attend the European Choir Games, plus €200 per activity. They also book their accommodation via the agency.

According to organizers 150 choirs are expected to be in Riga.

Nine choirs will be participating in the televised event and the competition will be broadcast on 10 television channels in Europe. LTV, with which LSM is affiliated, will be the host broadcaster.

Each choir will perform a six minute unaccompanied set and will be judged by a jury including British composer John Rutter and Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča. The third and final member of the jury has yet to be announced. Unlike the Eurovision Song Contest and the LTV show that decided the Latvian participant, the public will not have a say in who wins.

This will be the first such event though the European Broadcasting Union and Interkultur say they "have the ambition to hold Eurovision Choir of the Year on an annual basis."

The official website of the event, lists more about the format.

Tickets priced from €10 to €35 are on sale HERE.

A trailer for the event is below.

 

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