"Children’s Choir "
Born in 1976 thanks to the active commitment of Roberto Goitre and now under the direction of Mario Pigazzini, the Children’s Choir worked hard to make the rudiments of the “Cantar Leggendo” method grow. This constant training led to a well-defined methodology for Cantar Leggendo, which has become a fundamental didactic method for numerous schools. The Children’s Choir is constantly involved in research activities and exhibited at Concorso Internazionale in Arezzo (International singing contest) winning the 3rd prize to the 34th edition in the section dedicated to Youth Choirs and Children’s Choir. In 1992 the Farnesiano Children’s Choir was chosen to sing, in collaboration with “Collegium Vocale” in Gent and “Petite Bande” directed by Sigiswald Kuijken, “St. Matthew Passion” (Die Matthäus-Passion) by J.S. Bach. The Choir toured various European countries including Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Switzerland and Spain. It sometimes collaborates with theatres in Piacenza, Cremona and Brescia singing in operas.
The Youth Choir is composed only by girls who lived the experience of the Children’s Choir. Its singers thus have a solid background and a familiarity with music tested through hard work and study of “Cantar leggendo” method by Roberto Goitre. The Choir generally studies a vast repertoire, which spans from Renaissance music to contemporary composers. This preparation brought the Choir to participate in national and foreign exchanges with other choirs, as well as in choral contests. In May 1998, the Youth Choir won the first prize “Summa cum laude” at the International Contest in Neerpelt, Belgium.
The Mixed Choir was formed in 1976 thanks to the active commitment of Roberto Goitre, who wished to disseminate the culture of polyphonic singing in Italy by widening the repertoires and refusing singing by imitation. Once Mr. Goitre died, Mario Pigazzini became the choir director and continued Goitre’s work with all its pedagogical and artistic implications.Goitre’s groundbreaking method allowed the choir to constitute a vast repertoire including music from Renaissance polyphony to concerted choral music such as J.S. Bach’s Magnificat; Magnificat and Gloria by Vivaldi;Vesperae Solemnes, Krönungsmesse and Requiem by Mozart; Stabat Mater as composed by Haydn and also by Traetta; Mass in C Major, op. 84 by Beethoven; Te Deum by Bruckner; Requiem by Fauré; Messa di Gloria by Puccini, to name but a few. The Choir participates in music festivals in Italy and abroad: in 2008