It has been revealed that the Belgian broadcaster in charge of Eurovision Choir of the Year participation is considering selections for future contests.
In an interview with Telepro details of Belgium’s debut in Eurovision Choir of the Year have been revealed. It has been confirmed that Belgian participation in the contest is being primarily organised by Musiq’3. Musiq’3 is a radio station run by RTBF which focuses on classical music, the competition will be broadcast live on the station as well as on television via La Trois.
Musiq’3 has stated that their long term goal is to hold a pre-selection for future editions of the competition. This year only Wales and Latvia have opted to hold selection processes for the competition, with only Latvia’s selection process being specifically created for the competition.
Representing Belgium later this year in Riga will be Les Pastoureaux. Les Pastoureaux are a Children’s Choir who have worked with RTBF on a number of events in the past. RTBF stated that:
To support a youth choir of our Federation is very much part of our missions. Since there are many adult choirs, we found it interesting to have a children’s choir .
As with Eurovision, when a channel proposes an artist, it promises to have full support, and Les Pastoureaux already have a good history with the RTBF.
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 Pastoureaux
- 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.