StatusProductionFormatLive Music/Cultural EventDuration100'LanguageGerman / English, provision for national commentaryDeliveryVia ORF EnterpriseProposed byParticipating BroadcastersBNT (Bulgaria), HRT (Croatia), YLE (Finland), France Télévisions, WDR (Germany), LTV (Latvia), LRT (Lithuania)PartnersEBU/EUROVISION ContactTo acquire a live or deferred broadcast license: Matthew Trustram
EUROVISION Project Manager
T +41 22 717 26 23
On 9 May 2014, Europe Sings brought the best choirs from across Europe to a single stage on Vienna's spectacular Rathausplatz, in front of a large live audience, for a celebration of Europe's national music, and of her shared history.
In this entirely revised format - based on ORF's highly-successful Osterreich Singt! - national choirs showcased the music of their country, before joining as one for a grand finale featuring well-known music from a range of genres, culminating in the European anthem, Beethoven's setting of 'Ode to Joy'.
The 100-minute show took viewers on a touristic journey around Europe through her songs, landscapes and people with postcard segments overlaid onto the spectacular stage and light show from the Rathausplatz.
The symbolism of the date of 9 May (officially the 'Day of Europe'), and centenary of the outbreak of World War I, provided the narrative subtext "100 years of European history", and features some of Europe's best amateur choirs as selected by their respective broadcasters.
The programme also featured a live link to Riga, Capital of Culture 2014, where assembled choirs offered a special performance in Latvian traditional costume.
Distribution rights revert to ORF Enterprise, but the EBU is able to provide contacts or screening versions. Below is a 5' digest version.