“He who sings scares away his woes,” according to Cervantes. Then we predict a very happy weekend indeed. On Saturday and Sunday the Philharmonie welcomes choirs from all over Europe (and beyond) for two days of concerts and competition. And everyone is invited to those special – and free – events.
Every two years the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) organises “Let the Peoples Sing”, an international competition for amateur choruses. It takes nerves to perform live in front of an audience. But imagine what it must feel like when your performance is broadcast live on European radios. This year’s final takes place on Sunday night. The eight selected choirs come with one goal: to win the Silver Rose Bowl. They will stand on the stage of the Grand Auditorium (except for the Saint Olaf Choir from Minnesota, performing through video) and will have 10 minutes each to convince the judges. Luxembourg and the Greater Region will be represented by the Choeur Robert Schuman, consisting of about 30 youth aged between 16 and 26 and conducted by Camille Kerger.
This is for the nerve-racking part of the weekend. But Saturday will be all about fun! The «Fête des Chœurs − Chorfest» is meant as an open door day during which some of the choirs in contention will mingle with other choirs from the Greater Region. That’s a lot of people and a lot of singing! 660 singers! 30 concerts in 5 hours! 400 singers on the stage of the Grand Auditorium for the finale! Impressive, isn’t it? Read the complete programme here and stop by whenever you like.
Both events are free but reservation is required for the competition on Sunday. A quick phone call to our ticket office (+352 26 32 26 32) will do. Tickets are already very sparse so if you can’t make it to this international event just tune in to 100,7 radio Sunday at 19:30 to listen to the final live. Do you already have a favourite?