Tonight Wales will select their first participant in Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017, with the final of Côr Cymru – Choir of Wales.
Wales becomes the first nation ever to hold the final of their selection process for the newest contest in the Eurovision family, Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017. Five choirs are in the running to represent Wales at the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year this July in Riga, Latvia.
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.
The five choirs in the running are:
- Côr Ieuenctid Môn – Children’s Category
- Côr Merched Sir Gâr – Youth Category
- Côr Meibion Machynlleth – Male Voice Category
- Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion – Ladies Choir’s Category
- Côrdydd – Mixed Choirs Category
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.
You can watch the selection live from 19:30 CET on S4C here, the show is available with English subtitles.
Eurovision Choir of the Year will be held for the first time on July 22 in Riga, Latvia as part of the European Choir Games. The European Broadcasting Union has partnered with Interkultur to create this latest Eurovision family event, and both hope to see the format develop into a yearly event.
Competing in the contest are:
- Austria (ORF) – Hardchor Linz
- Belgium (RTBF) – Les Pastoreaux
- Denmark (DR) – Academic Choir of Aarhus
- Estonia (ERR) – Estonian TV Girls’ Choir
- Germany (WDR) – Jazzchor Freiburg
- Latvia (LTV) – National selection be held
- Slovenia (RTVSLO) – Carmen Manet
- Hungary (MTVA) – Bela Bartok Male Choir
- Wales (S4C) – TBD
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.