260 early birds. First part of WCG applications closed

260 early birds. First part of WCG applications closed
Mārtiņš Otto . WCG press conference in Riga
24-09-2013 A+ A-
Currently 260 choirs from 41 country applied for next summer's World Choir Games that will be held in Riga. WCG organizers from „Interkultur” emphasized that those are better results during the „early bird” registration than previously. For now, a record number from Latvia is gained which is one hundred choirs in various categories.

„Such a great activity for ”early bird„ is a great result. We are sure that all 400 choirs we expect to register will do so until 1 December,” with certainty says Diāna Čivle, the head of „Rīga 2014” Foundation.

Representative from a German organization „Interkultur” Jeļena Dannhauere tells that „Early bird” registration ends on 15 September, and she also notes that WCG organizers are positively surprised with the results. „Such achievement in WCG history is experienced for the first time!”


"Overall, choirs from 41 country applied including those who showed particularly great interest. 25 collectives from Russia and 24 from China applied. We also noticed interest from South Africa with 14 registered choirs.

 It's great to see that the number of member countries at WCG continues to grow. Choirs from Jordan, Kenya and Gibraltar will take part at WCG for the first time."

Representative from „Interkultur” visits Riga with her colleague Ralf Esenbeiß, the artistic director of „Interkultur” who is responsible for WCG creative content. Therefore, he comes to Riga in order to coordinate the upcoming events.

100 collectives from Latvia applied and are ready to compete in various categories. Romāns Vanags, the creative programme manager from Latvia side, emphasizes that it is not the final number. So, if choirs wish to apply for WCG, they can do so until 1 December by sending in their CV and performance record. To find more about WCG, click here!

„The world is interested in next year's events in Latvia and Riga, but we hope that all those white spots in a world's map, the countries who have not applied, will be filled until 1 December when the second part of the registration process ends. Conductors work on that abroad, as well,” tells Vanags.

So far, registered Latvian choirs will perform in nearly all 29 WCG categories such as sacral, children, youth and chamber choirs including show choir, gospel and vocal ensembles. Senior category is popular, as well and curated for the first time at WCG.

„Choir singing traditions are rather popular in Latvia, besides, it's not just a tradition we are used to see at Song and Dance Celebration. There are choirs with international experience who compete in champion categories and, therefore, want to find other contestants from all around the world,” tells Vanags.


„It's worth seeing it all, Latvia has not experienced such a splendid bouquet of choir collectives in one place. The next summer will be really something,” says Romāns Vanags.

High profile experts from all around the world will judge WCG participants.  This is the reason why high-end masterclasses are curated next summer in Riga in addition to WCG shows and performances.

A database of 3000 jury members is created during „Interkultur” work, tells the German representative Ralf Esenbeiß.

Approximately 80 choir music professionals will come to Riga for WCG judging, well-known conductors and musicians are gonna be among them, they will share their experience and invite choirs to fulfill their skills in masterclasses.

„We are glad that those are world-range leading experts, each of them highly qualified in their own genre. We can only be happy about them coming to Riga,” points out Esenbeiß.


Latvia as the country organizing WCG will represent with many judge members such as conductors Aira Birziņa, Mārtiņš Klišāns, Mārtiņš Ozoliņš, Sigvards Kļava, Māris Sirmais, Andris Veismanis and composers Rihards Dubra and Ēriks Ešenvalds. Our close neighbours from Lithuania and Estonia, choirs, conductors and composers, will also join the jury.


Composer Ēriks Ešenvalds will be not only a member of the jury. In addition, his musical piece „My Song” is selected as the official hymn of WCG. Besides, the composer is working on a song series with the premiere during WCG performed by „Latvian voices” band and „Xylem Trio” as well as one of the leading WCG artist, the great British vocal band „King Singers”. It is also planned that Ēriks Ešenvalds and Māris Sirmais will lead masterclasses during WCG.

„There is truly great interest in several phenomenons typical to Latvia only. For instance, the unique sound of The Baltic choirs where Latvia is definitely the pioneer. I am really glad WCG will be held in here. But we have to be really prepared for that,” tells Ēriks Ešenvalds.

It is announced that WCG is one of the central „Rīga 2014” events that will be held from  9 to 19 July, in Riga. Also a choir competition will be organized at „Čempionu konkurss” („The Championship”) and „Atklātais konkurss” („The Open Competition”) in 29 categories, masterclasses, large-scale concerts and particpant's walk will follow as well as a particularly created concert at Mežaparks open-air stage.

Application continues until 1 December, to find more about the registration rules, click on the official WCG page www.singriga.lv


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