The Béla Bartók Male Choir will be performing “Karádi nóták” at Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 in Riga, Latvia in just under three weeks time.
The Hungarian entry at the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year has been announced by the Hungarian national broadcaster. Béla Bartók Male Choir will be performing “Karádi nóták” (Karádi’s Song) as their song for the competition in the Latvian Capital, Riga. The piece was composed by Zoltán Kodály, a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist and philosopher. He was close friends with Béla Bartók the acclaimed composer who is widely considered to be one of Hungary’s greatest contributions to music.
This will not be the first time that the Béla Bartók Male Choir has performed the song, you can watch a previous performance of the Choir performing “Karádi nóták” below:
Bela Bartok Male Choir was first formed in 1945 in the city of Pécs and was led by Józsefné Sólyom until 1957. The Choir in its early years was formed entirely of local Trade Union members, including tram drivers, guides and taxi drivers. They have performed across the globe in Brazil, Canada and Uruguay. At the competition they will be directed by the conductor, Tamás Lakner.
Eurovision Choir of the Year will be broadcast by M5 in Hungary, the channel was launched in August 2016 and is focused on education and cultural programming.
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”. The winner will be decided by a three member jury, on the jury are; Elīna Garanča (Latvia – Mezzo-Soprano), John Rutter (United Kingdom – Composer) and Nicolas Fink (Switzerland – Conductor).