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16 May 2019

Debutants Scotland to enter Eurovision Choir 2019 - LIVE on BBC ALBA!

Coinneach MacLeod, Joy Dunlop and Tony Kearney

A superb celebration of choral singing comes to BBC ALBA this summer as Scottish choir, Alba debut at the Eurovision Choir 2019 competition in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Pitted against nine of Europe’s best amateur choirs, Alba will perform in a live spectacular, broadcast to a Europe-wide audience on Saturday 3 August. Each choir will try to impress a panel of international choral music stars by performing an unaccompanied selection of music in a variety of styles.

Musician and television presenter Joy Dunlop leads the forty-strong Alba choir, drawn from all over Scotland. The Mod medalist from Connel in Argyll, equally well-known as a tv and weather reporter, has sung all her life and took on the task of assembling a choir with typical enthusiasm.

Joy said, "As a lifelong fan of Eurovision, I'm absolutely thrilled to lead a choir for such a prestigious singing competition. I’ve always had the secret dream of performing on a Eurovision stage and this is a real honour. Bringing a Gaelic Choir to Gothenburg this year is a big step. This competition provides the opportunity to introduce viewers from across Europe to our Gaelic language and heritage. I can’t wait to represent Scotland in a competition of this magnitude in our native tongue. This is a priceless opportunity and one that myself and the choir are whole heartedly embracing."

Ahead of the live broadcast in August, the journey that Joy and her choir make will be documented by BBC ALBA in a programme to be shown in the run up to the competition. The half hour film will chart the progress of the choir, through the trials of rehearsing, wardrobe decisions, anxiety over musical arrangements, choreography and nail-biting deadlines.

To prepare for the biggest event of her life, Joy takes advice from conductors, dancers and even Graham Norton, the voice of Eurovision. She travels to Wales to meet Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion the choir representing Wales at Eurovision and chats to award-winning conductor, Islywn Evans

Singing in an arena in Gothenburg is the biggest challenge that her she and Alba will face. To get an idea of the scale of the competition, Joy travels Tel Aviv to soak up the atmosphere of the Eurovision Song Contest, an event that caught her imagination as a youngster in Connel and has obsessed her ever since.

Margaret Cameron, Channel Editor BBC ALBA, added “We’re proud a Gaelic choir will take to the stage for Eurovision Choir 2019 and that audiences Europe-wide will get a real flavour of Gaelic song at the highest level. We’re excited to see Alba take on choirs from all over Europe and to bring a new experience to the BBC ALBA audience with a great look inside the trials and tribulations, and joys, of mounting an entry to the competition from scratch”.

The documentary and live competition show this Gaelic choir setting foot on the biggest stage that any of them have seen. Blending spectacular staging and a live stadium ambience with eclectic musical performances from a wide range of traditions and cultures, Eurovision Choir 2019 will again take viewers on a colourful journey in search of Europe’s best amateur vocal group.

Eurovision Choir 2019 is produced by Bees Nees Media for BBC ALBA. The documentary programme will broadcast on Wednesday 31 July at 9.30pm with the choirs’ competition broadcast live on Saturday 3 August at 7.30pm.

16 Cèitean 2019

Còisir Eurovision 2019 air BBC ALBA

Coinneach MacLeod, Joy Dunlop and Tony Kearney

Bidh taisbeanadh barraichte de sheinn chòisirean air BBC ALBA air an t-samhradh seo, agus an còisir Albannach, Alba a’ gabhail pàirt airson a’ chiad uair ann am farpais Eurovision do Chòisirean 2019 ann an Gothenburg san t-Suain.

A’ seinn an aghaidh naoi de na còisirean neo-dhreuchdail as fheàrr san Roinn Eòrpa, bidh Alba mar phàirt de thaisbeanadh beò iongantach a bhios air a chraoladh gu luchd-amhairc air feadh na Roinn Eòrpa air 3mh den Lùnastal. Bidh gach còisir an dùil buaidh a thoirt air beachdan luchd-ciùil chòisireach chliùiteach eadar-nàiseanta le bhith a’ taisbeanadh measgachadh de dh’òrain às aonais taic-ciùil agus ann an caochladh nòsan.

’S i an ceòladair agus preseantair telebhisein Joy Dunlop a bhios a’ stiùireadh còisir Alba, le ceathrad bhall air an tarraing às gach ceàrnaidh den dùthaich. Tha am buannaiche de bhonn Mòid às A’ Chonghail an Earra-Ghàidheal a cheart cho aithnichte mar neach-lìbhrigidh na sìde agus phrògraman telebhisein ach tha i air a bhith a’ seinn fad a beatha agus ghabh i ri bhith a’ tarraing còisir ri chèile leis an dealas a bu dual dhi.

Thuirt Joy, "Mar thè a bha a-riamh a’ leantainn Eurovision, tha mi air mo dhòigh glan a bhith a’ stiùireadh còisir airson farpais sheinn cho cliùiteach. Tha e air a bhith na mhiann dhìomhair agam seinn air àrd-ùrlar Eurovision agus ’s e fìor urram a tha seo. ’S e ceum mòr a tha ann a bhith a’ toirt Còisir Gàidhlig gu Gothenburg am-bliadhna. Tha an fharpais seo a’ toirt cothrom dhuinn cànan agus dualchas na Gàidhlig a thoirt gu aire luchd-amhairc bho air feadh na Roinn Eòrpa. Tha mi air bhioran gus Alba a riochdachadh nar cànan fhèin aig farpais den mheudachd seo. Cha ghabh luach cur air a’ chothrom air a bheil mi fhìn agus an còisir a’ cur a h-uile fàilte.”

Air thoiseach air an taisbeanadh beò anns an Lùnastal, bidh an t-slighe aig Joy agus a còisir air a chlàradh le BBC ALBA airson prògram a thèid a chraoladh seachdain na farpais fhèin air Diciadain 31mh den Iuchar. Leanaidh am prògram sin adhartas na còisir, tro dheuchainn an ullachaidh, co-dhùnaidhean mu èideadh, iomagain mu rèiteachaidhean ciùil, obair stiùiridh agus cinn-là dhùblanaich. Ann a bhith ag ullachadh airson an tachartas as motha a-riamh na beatha, bidh Joy a’ faighinn chomhairle bho stiùirichean, dannsairean agus fiù ‘s bho guth Eurovision, Graham Norton. Bidh i a’ siubhail chun na Cuimrigh airson coinneachadh ri Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion an còisir a riochdaich na Cuimrich aig Eurovision, agus a’ còmhradh ris an stiùiriche Islywn Evans, a tha air iomadh duais a bhuannachadh.

’S e seinn air àrd-ùrlar ann an Gothenburg an dùbhlan as motha a bhios a’ feitheamh oirre fhèin agus Alba. Airson beachd fhaighinn air meud na farpais bidh Joy a’ siubhal gu Tel Aviv agus gu àrainn Farpais Òran Eurovision, tachartas a ghlac a h-aire nuair a bha i òg anns A’ Chonghail, agus leis am bheil i air a bhith beò-ghlacte bhon uair sin.

Thuirt Mairead Chamshron, Deasaiche Seanail BBC ALBA, “Tha sinn moiteil gu bheil còisir Ghàidhlig gu bhith air àrd-ùrlar Còisirean Eurovision 2019, agus gum faigh luchd-amhairc air feadh na Roinn Eòrpa blasad ann an dha-rìribh de dh’òrain Ghàidhlig aig an ìre as àirde. Tha sinn a’ coimhead air adhart ri Alba fhaicinn a’ farpais an aghaidh còisirean às gach ceàrnaidh den Roinn Eòrpa, agus ri bhith a’ toirt tachartas ùr gu aire luchd-amhairc BBC ALBA le sealladh iongantach den deuchainn ’s den àmhghar agus den toileachas a bhios ann a bhith a’ feuchainn air farpais airson a’ chiad uair.”

Bidh am prògram aithriseach agus an fharpais bheò a’ sealltainn an còisir Ghàidhlig seo air an àrd-ùrlar as motha a chunnaic duine aca a-riamh. Le measgachadh de dheasachadh stèidse iongantach is àrainneachd bheò còmhla ri taisbeanaidhean ciùil bho ruigse mhòr de dhualchasan is chultaran, bheir Eurovision Choir 2019 luchd-amhairc air slighe dhreachmhor an tòir air a’ bhuidheann ghuthach as fheàrr anns an Roinn Eòrpa.

Tha Eurovision Choir 2019 air a riochdachadh le Bees Nees Media airson BBC ALBA. Thèid am prògram aithriseach a chraoladh air Diciadain 31mh den Iuchar aig 9.30f agus thèid an fharpais de 100-mionaid a chraoladh beò air Disathairne 3mh den Lùnastal aig 7.30f


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