Spīgo from host country Latvia have revealed their songs for this year’s Eurovision Choir of The Year.
The Latvian choir Spīgo have revealed that they will be singing “Grezna saule debesīs” (Luxiourious Sun in the Sky), and “Es čigāna meita biju” (I’m a Daughter of a Gypsy) at this year’s Eurovision Choir of The Year event which will take place this Saturday. The show is being held in their country of Latvia, in the capital city Riga. The conductor of the choir, Līga Celma-Kursiete said:
“We will do what we can. This is an unprecedented event for us, because the competition will be broadcast live in several countries”
Their second song, “Es čigāna meita biju” was originally a Latvian folk song, and so they found another version of the song to sing to.
Spīgo was founded in 1977 and is formed of young female singers from Jelgava 4 High School. The choir is lead by Līga Celma–Kursiete who also works with Lienu Celmu. They were selected to represent their country when they won “Latvija Dzied!” (Latvia Sings!), in which they came second in the jury voting, but won the public televote by a significant margin.
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.
Source: Jelgavas Vēstnesis