Details around the new European Broadcasting Union production, Choir of the Year will be released later this month.
Details regarding Choir of the Year 2017 have been delayed for a third time. According to a representative of the European Broadcasting Union, details about this years contest in Riga, Latvia are to be released later this month.
The contest was originally due to be confirmed on November 30 subject to sufficient interest from competing broadcasters. However this date passed and a representative of the EBU stated at the time to Eurovoix.com that details would be released by February 1 at the latest. The latest deadline has now passed, with information now set to be released later this month.
Choir of the Year is planned to be hosted by the Latvian national broadcaster LTV on July 22, 2017. The event will bring together between eight and twelve countries, each represented by one non-professional choir of any genre. The contest will be integrated into the European Choir Games 2017 with the contest taking place just before the closing ceremony for the Games.
The first contest would run for a total of 120 minutes and is planned to be held at the Arena Riga which has a capacity of 8,000. The budget for the contest has been set at €150,000. The staging of the performances will not allow the use of bands or an orchestra. Choirs may use instruments only if played by singers. Soloists are allowed however they are not allowed to dominate the performance. Backing tracks will be used for the performances but are not allowed to contain any prerecorded vocals.
The Choirs competing in the contest will perform once for up to 6 minutes. The performance can include one or several works, of any genre ,and “should in part reflect national or regional character in some way”. A jury will be made up of prominent international musicians who will decide the winner of the contest.
Eurovision Choir of the Year if it takes place will join the Eurovision family of events which also features:
- Eurovision Song Contest – Annual Song Contest held between the members of the European Broadcasting Union. The contest to be held for the 62nd time in Kyiv, Ukraine.
- Eurovision Super Games – Planned Eurovision format seeing eight countries represented by four sports-persons in a series of challenges.
- Eurovision Young Dancers – Biennial dance competition for non-professional dancers age between 16 and 21 years old. To date 37 countries have participated in the contest.
- Eurovision Young Musicians – Biennial music competition for non-professional musicians who are 19 years old or younger. To date 41 countries have participated in the contest.
- Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Annual Song Contest held between the members of the European Broadcasting Union for children aged between 9 and 14 years old.
Source: European Broadcasting Union