Riga is alive with choir fever

156 choirs from 30 nations, including 5000 singers have descended on Latvia’s capital where the European Choir Games are taking place. Inside the Riga Arena rehearsals for the first ever Eurovision Choir of the Year competition have also been underway. 

Lights, camera, action

The start of the week saw technical rehearsals take place in the Riga Arena, the venue for Eurovision Choir of the Year. On Tuesday participating choirs visited the arena for the first time. After this it was time for them to film their postcards. Like the Eurovision Song Contest, the short videos introduce each choir to the audience at home ahead of each performance. We caught up with Austria’s Hard-Chor after they filmed their postcard (pictured below).

Riga: The world capital of choirs

The official press conference took place on Thursday at the Riga Arena. The organisers explained the significance of Eurovision Choir of the Year for Latvia and Riga. It was also the first time that the two presenters, Eric Whitacre and Eva Johansone, met. Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Head of Live Events explained that the format of Eurovision Choir of the Year is a new addition to the Eurovision Family of Events. “It is great to be here in Riga, there is a great atmosphere in this city. Riga is the world capital of choirs.”

After the press conference each choir took to the stage for a sound check. The impressive choral singing could be heard through Riga Arena. Friday sees more rehearsals take place and we’ll be there to bring you all the action from behind the scenes!

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