Rugby World Cup 2023 has the pleasure to announce that Mika will become the ambassador of La Mêlée des Choeurs, a programme created for 7,000 children, from fourth grade to high school seniors, throughout France who will sing the national anthems for the tournament.
A complete artist (author, composer and singer) and committed citizen of the world, Mika started to gain worldwide success in 2007, with his album Life in Cartoon Motion – and its hits Relax, Take It Easy, Grace Kelly or Love Today – certified diamond disc with more than six million albums sold across the world.
Four albums followed, with a number of hits reaching the ears and hearts of millions in France and worldwide: We Are Golden, Rain, Elle me dit, Boum Boum Boum but also Keep it Simple, released in 2023 with French artist Vianney.
7,000 children taking part throughout France
The collaboration between Mika and La Mêlée des Choeurs will begin on Wednesday to mark the 100 days to go to Rugby World Cup 2023, with an event organised in the outskirts of Paris, with children from the programme and the presence of a Rugby World Cup winner.
Launched in collaboration with the French ministries of Education, Culture and the Opéra Comique, La Mêlée des Choeurs is a first of its kind project, with a triple dimension: artistic, pedagogic and experiential. For the first time in Rugby World Cup history, children will sing the anthems of the nations qualified for the tournament, surrounded by la Maîtrise Populaire de l’Opéra Comique and accompanied by their teachers and music professors, all with a choral direction background.
Each of these 7,000 children will sing two anthems of a Rugby World Cup 2023 match, and will watch the game, with the choir’s accompanying teachers.
Mika, Ambassador of La Mêlée des Chœurs, said: "I am so excited to be the ambassador of La Mêlée des Choeurs. This programme will allow a huge number of children, from different backgrounds, to learn music without 'solfège' classes. When I was younger, classical music saved me, allowing me to show myself as I am. Since then, I've been by the side of those who pass on knowledge, who celebrate our differences. See you in all of France’s venues for the closing ceremony, at which we will participate together.”