DR’s cultural channel, DR K will be the broadcaster in charge of Danish participation in Eurovision Choir of the Year.
Søren Therkelsen the Head of DR Kultur has expressed his enthusiasm and hope for what Danish participation in Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 will mean. He explained that the Danish broadcaster decided to participate in the event because,
There are so many who take pleasure in singing together. We hope that the choir can both help to put Danish choral singing on the map in the rest of Europe and that competition show on DR K can help to inspire singers across Denmark because they gain insight into how other European choir singing.
Denmark are being represented by the Akademisk Kor Århus (Academic Choir Aarhus), the choir was internally selected by DR to compete in Riga. The choirs selection was obvious to Søren Therkelsen, due to Aarhus being European Capital of Culture this year, while the choir is one of Denmark’s best amateur choirs.
The leader of the Academic Choir Aarhus, Louise Brinch Seidelin, added,
We are immensely proud to have been selected to be representing Denmark. We are looking forward to the contest and to meet choirs from other countries. It has nine very different choirs, and I am sure it is so inspiring, because there are never two choirs that are the same.
The European Broadcasting Union has yet to decide whether the event will be an annual competition. As a result DR will discuss the future of the competition with the EBU after the contest is held and decide whether the competition will be a regular feature on Danish television.
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) – Spīgo
- Slovenia (RTVSLO) – Carmen Manet
- Hungary (MTVA) – Bela Bartok Male Choir
- Wales (S4C) – Côr Merched Sir Gâr
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”.