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Riga Cathedral Girls’ Choir is one of the most prominent musical collectives in Latvian concert arena. Since the founding of Riga Cathedral Choir School – a time during which only a few girls studied in the school – the choir has grown and changed a lot, and now consists of 107 singers from the ages 9 to 19. 1997 is considered to be year of the choirs’ foundation since it is 1997 when the choir’s musical life started flourishing and the choir regularly performed in the worships of the Riga Cathedral. Gunta Berzina was the choir’s conductor from 1997 to 2000; the choir’s conductor since 2000 has been Aira Birzina. In the spring of 2013, he choir’s performing group was given the name TIARA.
The reperoire performed by the girls’ choir is very broad, covering music from Latvian folk songs, original music, sacred and secular, classic, romantic and contemporary music. One of the choir’s main missions is cooperation with composers – the choir has put on premieres of pieces from such composers as Ugis Praulins, Juris Kulakovs, Raimonds Pauls, Martins Brauns, Renate Stivrina, Valdis Zilvers, Rihards Dubra, Juris Vaivods, Vitauts Miskins and other opuses.
The choir has participated in the Song and Dance Festival “Riga – 800”, XXIII and XXIV Latvian Song Festivals, IX and X School Youth Song and Dance Festivals and in XXV and XV Song and Dance Festivals. The choir has successfully cooperated with foreign guest conductors (e.g. with Finnish conductor Sanna Valanne in 2013) and the great performances in B. Britten’s The Little Sweep staging at the Sigulda Opera Festival and the Latvian National Opera, M. Ravel’s children’s opera The Child and the Spells in the Latvian National Opera, as well as in E.L. Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Daile theatre stand as testament to the choir’s ability.
The concertshow Gribas drusku pablēņoties (Feel a bit like pulling pranks) was released in DVD (2007) and CD (2008) formats and was nominated for the Latvian Music Recording Award in the category “Music Album for Children”. The girls have also taken part in the recordings of Kas kaitēja nedzīvot’i (2004) and Rihards Dubra’s Te Deum (2006) with Maris Sirmais at the podium, as well as many recordings for the archives of the Latvian Radio.
On April 28, 2012, the choir rang in their 15th anniversary with a large concert at the University of Latvia’s Aula Magna. As a gift to both themselves and their audience, the choir released their first sacred music album Jubilatio that was recorded in the Riga Cathedral in cooperation with the organist Vita Kalnciema. The album was nominated for the Latvian Music Recording Award in the category “Best Choir and Vocal Group Music Album” as well as being nominated in the category “Best Academic Music Album” (CD Perpetuum Mobile).
Riga Cathedral Girls’ Choir has also successfully cooperated in concerts and receptions of national scale with the Riga Municipality, the Riga Cathedral and the State Chancellery.