Hard-Chor Linz who are representing Austria at Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 have revealed the songs they will perform at the contest.
Austria’s participants in the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year, Hard-Chor Linz, have revealed the songs they will be performing in Riga. Alexander Koller the Head of choir and members of the group have selected three songs to perform on stage at the contest. The songs are:
- Ave Maria – Anton Bruckner
- I tua wos i wü – Folk song
- Rah – John Muehleisens
All of the choirs are given six minutes within which to perform and are not limited in the number of songs that they can perform during this time.
Hard-Chor Linz have been rehearsing since the start of June and leave for the contest in the Latvian Capital on July 18. Mr Koller who heads the choir said in an interview with OTS, that the entire choir was very excited for the contest and that they know the entire experience will be something very special.
Alexander Koller added,
Everything is possible in Riga. We give our best and if we do not become last, that is already great. But, of course, we hope for the first place,
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) – Hard-Chor 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).