Let the Peoples Sing

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Let the Peoples Sing is an international choral competition organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It was first organized by the BBC in 1961, originally as a national competition under the title Let the People Sing. In 1965 the competition became an international one, with participation extended to include choirs from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. It was further extended in 1966 with entrants also coming from other countries with radio networks belonging to the EBU, each of the networks organizing the national qualifying rounds leading to the international finals. The Silver Rose Bowl is awarded every year to the best choir in the competition.


The competition has three categories, with a winner selected in each category in addition to the overall winner of the Silver Rose Bowl.

  • Children and Youth (no members over age 25)
  • Adult (any age)
  • Open, for choruses who perform music of particular cultural traditions or styles (e.g. folksong, gospel, barbershop, jazz, traditional music, etc.)

List of winners[edit]

Winners of the Silver Rose Bowl (which since 1993 has been awarded biennially):[1]

Let the Peoples Sing – Winners of the Silver Rose Bowl
Year Choir Chorus Master Country of Origin
1961 Glasgow Phoenix Choir  Scotland
1962 Barrhead Philomen Singers  Scotland
1963 Orpington Junior Singers Sheila Mossman MBE  England
1964 Redhill Madrigal Singers  England
1965 Glasgow Phoenix Choir  Scotland
1966 Orphei Drängar Eric Ericson  Sweden
1967 Orphei Drängar Eric Ericson  Sweden
1968 Rodna Pessen  Bulgaria
1969 Mariakören Bror Samuelsson  Sweden
1970 Louis Halsey Singers  England
1971 Tapiolan Yhteiskoulun Kuoro Erkki Pohjola  Finland
1972 NRK Jentekor Marie Foss  Norway
1973 Gara Iskar Cultural Center Chorus  Bulgaria
Ifjúsági Egyetemi Chorus  Hungary
1974 ELTE Béla Bartók Chorus  Hungary
1975 Norwegian Radio Girls' Choir Marie Foss  Norway
1976 Ontario Youth Choir  Canada
1977 Veszprém Város Vegyeskara  Hungary
1978 Franz Liszt Chamber Chorus  Hungary
1979 Exeter College Choir  England
Marktoberdorf Large Chamber Choir  West Germany
1980 Candomino Tauno Satomaa  Finland
Váci Vox Humana  Hungary
1981 NRK Studio Chorus Marie Foss  Norway
1982 Stockholm Motet Choir Per Borin  Sweden
1983 "Julia Banyai" Elementary School Choir Katalin Weiser-Kiss  Hungary
1984 Frankfurt Chamber Chorus Hans Michael Beuerle  West Germany
1985 Bergen Cathedral Choir Magnar Mangersnes  Norway
1986 Gösta Ohlin Vocal Ensemble Gösta Ohlin  Sweden
1987 Chamber Chorus of the Franz Liszt Music Academy, Weimar Gerd Frischmuth  East Germany
Hollabrunn Chamber Chorus Herbert Böck  Austria
1988 Bergen Cathedral Choir Magnar Mangersnes  Norway
1989 Phoenix Chamber Choir Cortland Hultberg  Canada
1990 Jubilate Astrid Riska  Finland
Konzertchor Darmstadt Wolfgang Seeliger  Germany
1991 Balsis Māris Kupčs and Kaspars Putniņš  Latvia
1992 New Zealand National Youth Choir Karen Grylls  New Zealand
1993 Universitetskoret Lille MUKO Jesper Grove Jørgensen  Denmark
1995 Norwegian Soloists' Choir Grete Helgerud  Norway
1997 Det Jyske Kammerkor Mogens Dahl  Denmark
1999 Embla Norunn Illevold Giske  Norway
2001 Choir of the Latvian Music Academy Arvīds Platpers  Latvia
2003 Pro Musica Dénes Szabó  Hungary
2005 Children's Chorus of the Tallinn Music High School Ingrid Kõrvits  Estonia
2007 Schola Cantorum Tone Bianca Dahl  Norway
2009 Girls' Choir of the Classical Diocesan Gymnasium Helena Fojkar Zupančič  Slovenia
2011 The Swedish Chamber Choir Simon Phipps  Sweden
2013 Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió de Granollers Josep Vila i Jover  Spain
2015 Aarhus Girls' Choir Helle Høyer Vedel  Denmark
2017 Collegium Musicale Endrik Üksvärav  Estonia

In 1973, 1979, 1980, 1987, and 1990 the Silver Rose Bowl was awarded ex aequo.

In 2015 the Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC) became the first American choir to place first in the competition's history of 54 years. After Sunday's competition performances among YPC, the Aarhus Girls' Choir from Denmark and the Romanian Radio Children's Choir, the judges named the Danish choir the winner. However, on Monday morning, the judges rethought their initial decision and determined that the American chorus should tie with the Danish choir for first place in the Children's and Youth category. However, the Aarhus Girls' Choir ultimately prevailed in the finals of the competition.

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