S4C has confirmed Wales participation in Eurovision Choir 2021 as they launch the nations selection process.
Wales is the first nation to have confirmed it will be competing in Eurovision Choir 2021. S4C has announced that Côr Cymru 2021 will once again be used to select the Welsh representative at the competition next year.
Five categories of choir will compete in Côr Cymru 2021:
- Children’s Choirs – 16 years old and younger
- Youth Choirs – 25 years old and younger
- Mixed Voice Choirs
- Equal Voices Choirs
- Show Choirs
Applications are open now until October 12th, 2020 after which point a round of auditions will be held across Wales. The dates and locations are:
- December 3 – Carmarthen
- December 4 – Newcastle Emlyn
- December 5 – Cardiff
- December 6 – Bangor
- December 7 – Mold
- December 8 – Aberystwyth
A jury will then select four choirs from each category to compete in televised semi-finals. The semi-finals will be held from February 19 to 21, with the winner of each semi-final receiving £1,000.
The final of Côr Cymru 2021 will take place on May 2, 2021 at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. A panel of judges will select the choir that will represent Wales at Eurovision Choir.
Wales was one of nine countries to participate in the first edition of Eurovision Choir in 2017. Côr Merched Sir Gâr finished 2nd for Wales in the contest in Riga, Latvia. In 2019 Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion represented Wales in Gothenburg, but failed to make it through to the final three.