Belgian representatives at this year’s Eurovision Choir of The Year Les Pastoureaux have revealed their two songs they will be singing on Saturday.
Les Pastoureaux have revealed that they will be singing “Dans la troupe” (In the Troop), written by Raphaël Passaquet, and “Ensemble” (Together), written by Pierre Raspat and Philippe Favette. Eurovision fans may remember Pierre Raspat from the Eurovision Song Contest 1976, where he represented Belgium with his song “Judie et Cie”.
The Belgian choir was founded in 1974, and composed of 32 boys aged between 7 and 14. The group have performed in over 1,000 concerts worldwide, and have performed for the Royal Family of Belgium. They’re no stranger to travelling either, as they have been to various children’s choir festivals in Poland, Italy, Vienna and more.
“Music practice and group solidarity are at the very heart of the
Pastoureaux project. This combination and the renewed involvement and commitment of each generation of singers in the continuation of the project are key elements for the vitality of the choir.”
Take a look at our interview with Les Pastoureaux here.
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) – 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”. A jury will be made up of prominent international musicians who will decide the winner of the contest.