EUROVISION CHOIR 2019: Jury and hosts announced
Next step to the big show on August 3 is made
On August 3, 2019 the TV choral contest EUROVISION CHOIR 2019 goes for the second round and is also part of the opening of the Grand Prix of Nations Gothenburg 2019 & 4th European Choir Games. Renowned international jury members and hosts will guide through the evening and here is a short summary of whom you will see on stage:
EUROVISION CHOIR 2019 - The jury
John Rutter is known to the wider public as the composer for a number of British royal occasions, including the two most recent royal weddings and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. But his works also include concert-length pieces as Requiem, Magnificat, Mass of the Children, The Gift of Life, and Visions and are performed around the world. In 1983 he formed his own choir the Cambridge Singers and he appears regularly in several countries as guest conductor and choral ambassador. John Rutter is Honorary Artistic Director of INTERKULTUR and in 2017 he was also part of the jury of the premiere edition of EUROVISION CHOIR in Riga, Latvia.
As one of the founding members of the vocal group The Real Group, Katarina Henryson has contributed to a unique ensemble. Off stage she composes and writes lyrics with jazz and folk music forming the starting point of her music-making. Her experience as a workshop-leader for choirs and vocal ensembles will add to the tough decision-making regarding the choirs’ performances.
None other as “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella,” Deke Sharon, will complete the jury trio. By creating a dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, he shaped the current sound of modern a cappella. Deke produced “The Sing-Off“ worldwide and also served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal’s Pitch Perfect 1-3. Amongst others, Deke founded the Contemporary A Cappella Society while in college and is also contemporary a cappella’s most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs.
EUROVISION CHOIR 2019 - The hosts
Petroc Trelawny is well-known to BBC Radio 3 listeners who enjoy the Breakfast program each weekday morning but his career includes much more such as broadcasting in Hong Kong, being part of the launch team for Classic FM and London News Radio, and working as a presenter for RTE in Ireland. He also writes for newspapers and magazines including the London Evening Standard and the Spectator. As a year-long presenter of the BBC Proms on radio and television and also the Eurovision Young Musician broadcast on TV he is a perfect match as a host for EUROVISION CHOIR.
Second host of the show is SVT’s Ella Petersson. She once opted for a career in opera singing and went all the way of a classical training when in the midst of this challenging education she became a single mother. Her workload of childcare, studying music theory, singing and working led to a reorientation of her career planning. She completed a radio training at the Dramatic Institute and then started as a producer and program manager. Her job as a program director and music editor for the Swedish broadcasting station SVT, ”(…) the best and most pleasant job I ever had”, Ella Petersson once resumed, made her well-known to a larger audience throughout Sweden.
Tickets for the EUROVISION CHOIR live show in Gothenburg are on sale here.