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World Choir Games to bring record number of participants to Riga

World Choir Games to bring record number of participants to Riga
30.04.2013

The World Choir Games will be held in Riga next summer, bringing choirs from all over the world to Latvia for ten days.

The 2014 World Choir Games will run from July 9 to July 19. During this period, Riga will be visited by a total of 20,000 singers from seventy countries, which will compete in 29 different categories, the "Riga 2014" organization's head Diana Civle told a press conference today. During the World Choir Games, there will be concerts, master classes, seminars and a great deal of other events, so every person could find one or more that he or she would like to attend.

The World Choir Games next year will be remarkable for the fact that two world-famous choirs will visit Riga: "The Real Group" from Sweden and "The King's Singers" from Great Britain, who have already performed sold-out concerts in Riga, whereas this time they will visit the city to offer master classes. The world-famous composer Morten Lauridsen has confirmed that he will attend the World Choir Games as a special guest, said World Choir Games Artistic Director Romans Vanags.

One of the most popular contemporary Latvian composers Eriks Esenvalds will also hold a master class during the World Choir games.

The World Choir Games will be the first event of such magnitude to take place in Riga, said Civle. They are held every two years, and the choirs compete in 29 categories.