Wales will select their first participant in Eurovision Choir of the Year this Sunday with the final of Côr Cymru – Choir of Wales in Aberystwyth.
The winners of this year’s Côr Cymru – Choir of Wales – competition will be offered the opportunity to represent Wales at the Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 competition. The final of the Welsh selection process takes place this Sunday, the winning choir will be the first Welsh act to ever represent Wales at a Eurovision contest under the Welsh flag and not the United Kingdom.
Hefin Owen, Executive Producer of Côr Cymru 2017, says;
This is a very important development for the Côr Cymru competition and a great opportunity for the winning choir and for Wales to shine on the European stage. It is also a great opportunity for S4C’s audience to enjoy a feast of singing of the highest standard.
A total of five choirs that are eyeing the Eurovision opportunity along with the Choir of Wales title are Côr Ieuenctid Môn in the children’s category; Côr Merched Sir Gâr in the youth category; Côr Meibion Machynlleth in the male voice category; Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion represents the ladies’ choirs and Côrdydd the mixed choirs.
The final is being held in the Great Hall, Arts Centre, Aberystwyth and is being broadcast live on S4C. Up to 50 members of the Côr Cymru 2017 winning choir will be invited to compete at the Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 competition to be held at Arena Riga in Latvia.
Elen Rhys, S4C Content Commissioner, Entertainment, added;
S4C is delighted to be broadcasting the Eurovision competition and to be able to offer a Welsh representation there. This is a natural step forward in the development of the popular S4C competition Côr Cymru and a great opportunity to showcase our choral talents on a European stage.
Côr Cymru was first held in 2003 and is held every two years to find the best choir in Wales. Alongside winning the title and going to Eurovision Choir of the Year, the winner will also receiving £4,000. Auditions were held in November across Wales to find choirs to compete in the various categories of the show.
In the final each choir will be performing for 12 minutes, performing at least one piece in Welsh however they must also not perform more than one song in English. The winner of the show will be decided by an international panel of judges.