Ahead of the final of Eurovision Choir 2019, Eurovoix had the chance to talk to BonnVoice, who will be representing Germany tonight in Gothenburg.
BonnVoice is one of ten choirs taking to the stage this evening in Sweden as part of Eurovision Choir. The choir which won Der beste Chor im Westen, will be representing Germany and have spoken to Eurovoix about their history, Eurovision journey and what it means to be part of a choir.
What does it mean to be representing Germany at Eurovision Choir 2019?
It’s a great honor for us – both to be a part of such a fantastic event and, of course, to be representing Germany on a stage like this. We are really excited and happy to meet such wonderful choirs, to receive the feedback of fantastic jurors and to experience and enjoy the spirit of Eurovision.
At the end of last year BonnVoice won Der beste Chor im Westen, what was it that made you decide to compete in the first place?
In this competition, which is broadcast live on television, many very different choirs from the west of Germany perform and show a wide range of choral music. In contrast to other shows there is not such an atmosphere of bitter competition, the participating choirs support each other, cheer for each other and celebrate together. That’s why we wanted to be there and to show on television what choral music means to us. In the previous year a befriended choir – the jazz choir of the University of Bonn – had great success at the show, giving us the idea to also participate. So we gave it a shot.
How was BonnVoice created?
BonnVoice was founded by Tono, our conductor and musical director, almost exactly 10 years ago. At the beginning we weren’t as many singers as we are today, so we had quite a journey from an ensemble to a full-grown choir.
How has the choir evolved since its inception?
As we grew, so did the variety and number of (very) different projects we did. Very important have always been our “home games”, concerts in the Pantheon in Bonn and our annual Christmas shows, but also the participation in choir festivals, joint concerts with other choirs and even with rock bands from our region. Unforgettable highlights were certainly the joint concerts with Rajaton from Finland and Vocal Line from Denmark. We are really looking forward to seeing (and hearing!) this great choir again in Gothenburg.
What can we expect from your performance at Eurovision Choir?
We want to give the audience an insight into a few classical German folk songs – but in a totally new guise. Hopefully, we can show very different facets of German tunes, of choral music and of course of us.
Finally, what would you say to anyone thinking of joining a choir?
Do it! 🙂 Find a choir that suits you – concerning the music, the ambitions and above all the people. Singing, especially together with others, always brings joy. There is little more fulfilling than singing in harmonies, perhaps even a cappella, hearing the other voices and creating something special together.