Grand Prix of Nations Riga 2017
& 3rd European Choir Games


Masterclasses by World Choir Singing Experts in Rīga

Four workshops will be taking place at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music during the European Choir Games in Rīga from 16th to 23rd July, providing the opportunity for anyone who is interested in choir music to meet and learn from world class music experts.

Tickets for the masterclasses will be available here

On Monday, 17th July, a workshop in overtone singing will be provided by the Norwegian vocal group, Nordic Voices. Its members have developed and perfected the art of overtone singing over many years. At the masterclass, the musicians will invite people to find out more about this original way of singing, will introduce various techniques, and will teach various exercises for overtone singing.

The Choir Games will also bring one of the leading South African choirs to Rīga, the University of Pretoria choir, Tuks Camerata, headed by conductor Michael Barrett.  South Africa’s multi-cultural society combined with a nations’ love for singing, has resulted in a pulsating fusion of African and Western elements, creating a unique style of choral music. Those attending the “South African Music: Where Africa Meets the West” masterclass on Tuesday 18th July will be able to find out about its contemporaneity in songs, rhythm and dance steps.

On Friday, 21st July, a masterclass will be given by one of the best known and most in-demand British contemporary choir music composers, John Rutter from Great Britain. His works are widely performed around the world. In the 90-minute-long masterclass, everyone will have the opportunity to sing under Rutter’s leadership and get to know several of his choir songs, with both religious and secular content. The Ave Sol chamber choir will be in attendance - they will sing three pieces on their own, but will join the masterclass participants in the rest of the programme. John Rutter will speak about music, and provide advice and suggestions on performing it.

On Saturday 22nd July, Grammy Award winner, composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre, one of the most popular musicians of his generation, will conclude the programme of international music masterclasses for the European Choir Games. A conductors’ discussion about current issues in choir conducting will be taking place under his leadership.    

The working language for all four masterclasses is English and notes will be provided. The Grand Prix of Nations Rīga 2017 and the 3rd European Choir Games events are being funded by the Rīga City Council and organized by the Rīga Tourism Development Bureau and the German Interkultur Culture Organization. More than 10,000 participants from Europe and the rest of the world will be gathering in Rīga during the event.

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