World Choir Peace Prize awarded for the first time

Jul 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Choir Events, Featured Articles, World Choir Games

© Roger Schmidt

© Roger Schmidt

By Roger Schmidt

During the Great Celebration Concert 15,000 singers sang together “Oh, Happy Day!” on the Open-Air stage in Mežaparks to celebrate together musically the halftime of the World Choir Games in front of thousands of guests in Riga.

At this evening the World Choir Peace Prize, newly installed by the organizers INTERKULTUR, was awarded. In the first awarding ever, the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were honored with this award, because of their long-established tradition and care of the choral music.

The declaration of the artistic committee accented the worldwide known Baltic choir festivals with them the three nations would have used choral singing as a way of peaceful expression of national identity and freedom.

A trophy and certificate were given to two representatives of each country by Günter Titsch, President of INTERKULTUR and the World Choir Games: To the Latvian Minister of Culture, Dace Melbārde, and Romāns Vanags, member of the World Choir Council; to the Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia, Mati Vaarmann and Council member Aarne Saluveer; to the Ambassador of Lithuania, Ričardas Degutis and to Vytautas Miškinis, also member of the World Choir Council.

For three hours choral music had been celebrated with folk music from Latvia and from around the world.

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