At 6pm on Friday 21st July, a unique singalong concert will be performed at Rīga’s Dome Cathedral with 450 singers and soloists from around the world singing Joseph Haydn’ The Creation oratory.
International singalong concerts have been increasing in popularity among singers in recent years in many countries around the world. They provide an opportunity for individual singers, as well as groups of friends, to meet up with likeminded people from other countries and to make music together in the world’s most beautiful concert halls and churches with the best local choirs and professional musicians.
Over many months, singers have been learning their musical notes individually or in small groups and are now meeting together for the first time in Rīga. The core of the great world choir at this performance will be formed by the Maska, Jasmīnas koris and Vēja balss choirs from Latvia. Over these days, intensive work is taking place in Rīga on joint rehearsals with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, soloists Iwonna Sobotka (soprano), Ilker Arcayürek (tenor) and Simon Robinson (bass), led by Swiss conductor Nicolas Fink, to prepare this unique performance of Haydn’s oratory.
In recent years, various singalong concerts have been heard at the Berlin Philharmonic, in Munich, Leipzig, and Hamburg, as well as in concert halls in other countries such as the Budapest National Concert Hall in 2014 and the Vienna Konzerthaus in 2016.
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.
The full programme for the Grand Prix of Nations Rīga 2017 and the 3rd European Choir Games can be found on the home page [http://www.singinriga.lv,] www.singinriga.lv, as well as at Vērmanes Garden and information centres next to the Rīga Congress Hall.