Belgium participates in first koorfestival ‘ Eurovision ‘
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On 22 July in the Latvian capital Riga the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year, a new singing competition of the EBU in which search for the best choir in Europe. Belgium is one of the seven countries present. In september last year , we reported already about the plans of a new Member of the EBU in order to add to the Eurovision family. Where the earlier other attempts spaak seems to be run – the EBU had last year an ambitious plan to an Asian variant of the song contest to organize-runs the float with the quest for choirs. RTBF The first broadcast of Eurovision choir of the Year is scheduled for Saturday 22 July, from the Riga Arena in the capital of Latvia. Seven countries are taking part: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia and Austria. RTBF takes part for our country. The boys ‘ choir Les Pastoureaux, that according to its own customers for more than thousand concerts around the world, would sing under the Belgian flag, though that is not yet confirmed to our editors by RTBF. It is not yet known if the show will be broadcast live on one of the three networks of the Walloon public broadcasting. Each country is represented by an amateur choir. That choir gives a performance of six minutes and has full freedom to genres and songs to choose. An international professional jury consisting of music experts will be the winner. There will therefore be No televoting as we know it in the Eurovision Song Contest. American Eric Whitacre, a composer who already was rewarded with Grammy’s for his oeuvre, the broadcast talk to each other, along with the Latvian Eva Ikstena. Whitacre has a special bond with Belgium, for he last and this year took part in a series of concerts in collaboration with the Flemish Radio Choir. He was a guest in the last month One talk show Velasco & Guests. Why Latvia? Eurovision Choir of the Year is simultaneously organized with the European Choir Games, a larger, more international competition between choirs that already takes place annually in Riga. About 150 choirs participate. The final is scheduled for July 23, a day after the new EBU-show. “With a great sense of honor and responsibility we make preparations to welcome to singers from all over Europe in Riga, and so to build a new tradition,” said Ivars see Belte, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Latvian, host broadcaster LTV in a press release by the EBU. That same EBU made even though world trailer below for the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl9a066nh30