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CHOIRS PARTICIPATING IN THE GARDA SUMMER 2024 FESTIVAL

Coral Corremon  de l’Orfeó Valencià Infantil (ESP) – Conductor Josep Lluís Valldecabres

Coral-Corremon--de-l'Orfeó-Valencià-Infantil-(ESP)

The Coral Corremon choir is the youth choral formation of the Orfeó Valencià Infantil, OVI, whose members are between 13 and 19 years old, which made its presentation in Valencia in 2004. Since then, within the symphonic section he has participated in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana; Georges Bizet’s Carmen; Ros Marbà’s Un Concert Desconcertant; Duke Ellington’s The Sacred Concert; Gustav Mahler’s 3a Symphony, John Rutter’s Mass of the children etc. together with the Orquestra de València, Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, Orquestra Filharmònica de la Universitat de València, Sedajazz Big Band Orchestra, etc. They have participated in festivals, choral exchanges and concerts throughout Spain (València, Barcelona, Segovia, Ávila, Cáceres, Teruel, Alicante, etc.) as well as in Estonia (Pärnu), Norway (Bergen), France (Lyon, Vaison-la Romaine), Italy (L’Alguero, Montecatini), Portugal (Lisbon), Germany (Cologne, Solingen), etc. Invited by the Die Wiener Sängerknaben on their tour of Spain, they shared the stage with them at the concert offered in the city of Valencia. He is a member of the Valencian choral federations, as well as Europa Cantat.

Gemischter Chor Dreiklang Bad Lobenstein (DEU) Conductor Elke Grimm

Gemischter Chor Dreiklang Bad Lobenstein (DEU)

Mixed Choir Dreiklang Bad Lobenstein Our Choir was founded in 1997 as the „Mixed student and parent Choir oft he high school“ in our City. In 2013 we changed our name. 40 singers, aged 34 to 76 years, rehearse weekly and perform with enthusiasm in our homeland and abroad. From 1998 to 2022 we took part in 5 international competitions and 5 international Choir meetings – (Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany) – we returned home with bronze and silver diplomas. Numerous appearances in our city and surrounding area, in the district and country at the highlights of social life are an integral part of our Choir work. In February 2012 our trip took us to Namibia – a concert in a German Church with the „Maranatha Singers“ from Windhoek was a very special highlight for us. In Grootfontein we delivered the donations we had brought with us to 3 kindergartens – that´s what we had specially rehearsed Lorenz Maierhofer´s „Ethno-Mass for Peace“. Our repertoire is broad: 3- or 4-part songs from all eras, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, spiritual and popular, from gospel to rock/pop to musicals and current titles are part of our program. Singing together and celebrating together – that´s what we do together.

Singtonia, Torino (ITA) – Conductor Caterina Capello

Singtonia---Tornio-(ITA)

The Singtonìa polyphonic choir, founded and directed by the Maestro Caterina Capello, was born in 1996 and currently has  30 members; it has been offering concerts and musical activities for more than 25 years in Piedmont and its surroundings.
The choir  has participated in various international choral festivals including Prague, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Cork and Val Pusteria, enjoying success and enthusiasm everywhere.
In its musical journey, Singtonia has recorded 6 CDs, the last one “Un Mondo di Musica” in 2021.
The choir’s repertoire is mainly based on Ethnic and Pop music performed a cappella, but it merges and contaminates choral music with other arts such as cinema and theatre. In fact it created some video clips sung and acted by the choristers themselves.
Singtonia concerts are joyful and engaging, true “sonorous-shows » made of voices, percussion, body-percussion, choreographies and a touch of irony and theatricality.

Canticorum Novum (BEL) – Conductor Andries De Winter

Canticorum Novum (BEL)

Canticum Novum was founded at the beginning of 2020. It is a male choir consisting of former singers from the renowned Aalst Boys’ and Men’s Choir Schola Cantorum Cantate Domino.
It originated in the context of the 60th anniversary of Cantate Domino in 2019. The founder of the choir, Reverend Canon Michaël Ghijs, was a great source of inspiration for the singers of Canticum Novum, all of whom he taught to discover a love for music.
Music connects people, was Reverend’s conviction, and remains so for Canticum Novum. In that context, the choir, upon the invitation of our well-respected conductor Albert Morland, embarked on a highly successful concert tour in South Africa from April 1 to April 16, 2023.
In addition to religious music, virtually all genres are covered. The joy of being together and singing together is paramount.
The choir is under the direction of Andries De Winter.

Chor Diegten (CH) – Conductor Matthias S. Krüger

Chor Diegten (CH)

Singing, community, joy and fun are the premises for the Diegten Choir. We are a bunch of active and enthusiastic singers. From the young to the younger and the young at heart, we are represented across the board. We currently have 27 active members between the ages of 30 and 85. Our connection in music leads us to a joint singing rehearsal every Thursday, whereby the subsequent cozy part is not neglected. The Diegten Choir was founded in 1933. At that time, the men’s choir and the women’s choir of Diegten merged and became a mixed choir. Over the years, the choir has developed steadily and today achieves a broad regional appeal with a versatile repertoire of songs (folk songs, yodelling songs and dialect pop in the 4 national languages, Rock’n roll, international pop songs, hits and chansons, church and Advent songs, gospel, country songs, folk songs from other countries).  Since mid-2010, Matthias S. Krüger (conductor, composer, piano, organ) has led the Diegten Choir in the musical field by a personality who continuously leads the choir to new shores with charm and determination. For example, the choir participated in concert performances at the Swiss Singing Festivals in Meiringen (2015) and in Gossau/St. Gallen (2022) as well as at the Prague Choir Meeting in the Czech Republic in 2018. Annual fixtures in each year of the association are 2-3 concert choir performances, the anniversary request concert as well as the joint club trips at home and abroad.

Soroe Academy’s Girls Choir (DK) – Conductor Svend Lyngberg

Soroe Academy's Girls Choir (DK)

Soroe Academy’s Girls Choir is a young choir. Musically interested students founded the choir in 2015. Soroe Academy is the oldest boarding school and high school in Denmark.
In 2018, the choir made its first trip abroad. The choir visited two partner schools in Poland and in Germany, and in 2019 the choir participated in the Festival Garda Estate. During the pandemic, fortunately, it was possible to sing on several occasions in Denmark. In 2022 the choir revisited the Festival Garda Estate. That year the girls had the honour to sing for the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, at her Majesty’s private lunch party at Soroe Academy. 2023 The Soroe Academy’s Girls Choir attended a master class with the professional English vocal group “Voces8” and had the wonderful experience to perform together with the English group at a concert. Later the choir went to Brandenburg, Germany to sing at two concerts. The choir is now looking forward to meeting new friends again and carrying the singing out to a wide audience.

Coral Atlántida de Matamá & San Mamede de Zamáns (ESP) – Conductor Enrique Lorenzo Vila

Coral Atlántida de Matamá & San Mamede de Zamáns (ESP)

From Vigo city (Spain), directed by Enrique Lorenzo Vila, this choir was created by the choirs SCD Atlántida de Matamá, with 50 years of existence and the choir AVCR San Mamede de Zamáns of Vigo, with 27 years of existence.
They have performed all over Galicia, Spanish cities and in Lorient, Lisbon, Porto and Prague. They have also participated in choral competitions in Vigo, Ourense, Tui or on Galician television, winning important prizes.
In 2016 they took part in the performance of Handel’s THE MESSIAH with the Symphonic Orchestra of Galicia.
They participate in the choral concerts of the COUNCIL OF VIGO organised by ACOPOVI, highlighting their participation in all the editions of the Habaneras Vigo Festival.
They have more than 30 mixed voices which, together with their conductor, work on a wide repertoire ranging from religious music, zarzuelas, operas, Christmas carols, habaneras or popular songs.

Coro El Castel Sanguinetto (ITA) – Conductor Federico Donadoni

Coro El Castel Sanguinetto (ITA)

The coir El Castel di Sanguinetto born in 1974 , by a group of friends in love with music and in particular with choral singing . The choir born as an “Alpine choir”, made of male’s voices only and of a classic mountain and war’s songs. The time passes and  the choir extends the repertoire to popular songs about Venetian Lands and femail voices enter in the group. With the current director Federico Donadoni , the choir bring a more modern repertoire. The concerts activity is full of exibitions in Italy and abroad for many important festival and conveign. Some of them were in Munchen, Vienna , Budapest, Spalato, Dubrovnick, Zagabria and Hungary.

Coro Lirico San Giovanni (ITA) – Conductor Andrea Cristofolini

Coro Lirico San Giovanni (ITA)

The “Coro Lirico San Giovanni” debuted in June 2008 in Monza with the « Messa di Gloria » by Giacomo Puccini. His lyrical vocation led him quickly to establish itself in numerous concerts, performed with orchestras and conductors of national and international fame. Since its inception, the choir has been directed by Maestro Nicola Tumicioli and Nicolò Dal Ben. Since January 2023 the choir has been led by Maestro Andrea Cristofolini.
The repertoire of the Coro Lirico San Giovanni includes the most famous songs for Choir and Orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Georges Bizet, J. Offenbach, Gaetano Donizetti, Pietro Mascagni, Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini, P. Iljic Tchaikosky and Mikis Theodorakis, and others, as well as unforgettable pages of the most beautiful scores, composed by one of the most famous Italians in the world, Ennio Morricone, recently awarded the oscar, and Florian Hans Zimmer.
The full choir his vast devoting great attention to sacred music, performing works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Georg Friedrich Handel, Felix Mendelssohn, Lorenzo Perosi, Antonio Salieri, Antonio Vivaldi, Benedetto Marcello and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and many more.

The Choir has also faced an unusual repertoire for a Lyric Choir, such as jazz, swing and blues, with resounding success with critics and the public, in the year 2014 in collaboration with the Orchestra Big Band Ritmo-Sinfonica « City of Verona ».
The Choir has also made her debut in costume works such as BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA by Rossini and CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA by Mascagni, directed and stage design by Luigi Barilone, in the city Guastalla (RE), in the city Rovereto (TN) and in the city Valeggio sul Mincio (VR), and in autumn 2016, in two other prestigious investments at Teatro Ristori Verona, still with BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA by Rossin and DON GIOVANNI by W.A. Mozart.
The Choir has performed in the city of Fiume (CROATIA), at the Italian Community of Fiume, for some years now holding a fruitful exchange of reciprocal visits.
The Conductor Andrea Cristofolini, born in Marebbe (Bolzano), graduated in piano at the Bolzano Conservatory of Music.
He then continued his studies at the Vienna Academy of Music, specializing in composition and orchestra conducting.
He taught orchestral exercises for two years at the Trieste Conservatory.
From 1985 to 2021, he worked at the Fondazione Arena di Verona, first as maestro di sala and prompter and then, since 1995, as maestro del Coro.
He has carried out an intense concert activity as a pianist, devoting himself mainly to contemporary and chamber music, performing in many countries in Europe.

Corale San Pancrazio, Montichiari (ITA) – Conductor Gianfranco Rocca

Corale San Pancrazio, Montichiari (ITA)

Founded in 1995 under the direction of M. Gianfranco Rocca, the  San  Pancrazio Choir actually  counts  60 singers. Born as a parish chorus, it is strongly active  in  the Santa Maria Assunta Parish  animating  the Liturgical  functions.
The Choir repertoire ranges from the   15th century till our days, going through composers  such as Palestrina, Bach, A. Scarlatti, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and English carols,  folk songs, rearranged modern songs and  Gospel.  Beside the liturgical engagement, the choir also performs a concert activity by participating in different events and obtaining  great  appreciation  for  the  preparation  and its vocalism.
In the latest years it has elaborated its polyphonic  repertoire  through the study  of important themes for orchestra  and  Chorus only.  Some real examples are:

Credo, Gloria, Magnificat of A. Vivaldi,  Alleluia and Amen of Hendel, Missa brevis et solemnis, Missa  Brevis  in DO Maggiore, missa Brivis  in Sol  maggiore,  Coronation Mass  of Mozart  and  Requiem of Faure.
The Choir receives not only the  Montichiari  inhabitants’ affection  but also widespread  approval.
The  San Pancrazio Choir  also performed  several  concerts in the National  Territory.

  • In April 2013 , it was invited to  solemnize the  Sunday Santa  Messa Vespertina   in the  San Pietro Cathedral  in Rome.
  • In April  2015, it had  the opportunity to  sing in the  Basilica Inferiore of  Assisi and in October of the same year in the  Basilica  dei Frari  and in the famous  Basilica  of San Marco in Venice.
  • In March 2017 , it was also invited  to  solemnize  the Sunday   Messa Vespertina  in Duomo of Siena.
  • In March 2019 , our Choir had the  possibility to sing in Monte Oliviero Maggiore Abbey and Duomo  of  Pienza
  •  In  April 2016  it  also performed outside of Italy, with the concert in Wagna  and the accompaniment of the Sunday Vespertina  mass  in  Leibnitz, Austria .

Since 2013 the  San Pancrazio Choir  has been  participating  to the Festival Internazionale Corale Verona Garda Estate  and in 2014 joins the “Cori Lombardia”  (Associazione  dei cori lombardi)

Coro Euterpe S. Maria di Zevio (ITA) – Conductor Gianluca Brigo

Coro Euterpe S. Maria di Zevio (ITA)

The « Coro Euterpe S. Maria di Zevio » Musical Association was founded on 18 January 2010 under the presidency of our baritone Fulvio Piccoli, on the solid roots of the pre-existing « Coro Euterpe », which takes the name « enchanting » from the homonym Greek muse. It is a male choir with equal voices, born in S. Maria di Zevio (VR) in 1981 with Bepi Andreoli, who directed it for about thirty years, with the success of some awards. Since 2009 the director has been Music Master Gianluca Brigo; since 2019 the president is Vincenzo Zucchetti. The repertoire includes popular songs from not only the Italian regional tradition, especially Northern and Sardinian, but also European (English, French, German, Russian). There is no shortage of liturgical pieces, sometimes created ad hoc by Music Master Friar Terenzio Zardini, who formed a true partnership with the Euterpe Choir.

Choral and solo pieces, taken from Italian opera, are sung thanks to the precious collaboration of the young soprano Cecilia Rizzetto from Zevio. The Euterpe Choir is also active in celebrations for institutional and civic anniversaries, together with the « Edoardo and Oreste Tognetti » Band Complex of Perzacco di Zevio.
The Zevian Music Master Gianluca Brigo (1983) graduated in piano under the guidance of concert pianist Vittorio Bresciani at the « F. E. Dall’Abaco » Conservatory in Verona; there he also specialized as a pianist collaborating with singers. In addition to the « Città di Soave » Choir (Verona) and « Santissima Trinità » of Volon di Zevio, Music Master Brigo directs the « Maria Callas » Lyrical-Interpretative Academy, organizing, with other Music Masters, concerts and music courses.

Corale San Bartolomeo Apostolo (ITA) – Conductor Mauro Dal Zovo

Corale San Bartolomeo Apostolo (ITA)

The « Corale San Bartolomeo Apostolo » is a mixed amateur choir, which today has about 20 members. It was founded in 2019 by a group of singers who already animated the liturgical celebrations of the parish of San Bartolomeo delle Montagne, in the province of Verona. The repertoire ranges from sacred music to traditional folk and mountain songs, performed both a cappella and with instruments. During the restrictions period due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the choir devoted itself exclusively to the animation of liturgical celebrations in the parish. In 2023, it also resumed its concert activity. Some months ago, the « Corale San Bartolomeo Apostolo » begun a new cooperation with the « Coro di Vestenavecchia e Castelvero », forming an ensemble of about 30 elements, with the aim of singing during the most important celebrations in their respective churches and organizing and participating in concert events.

Corale Vestenanova (ITA) – Conductor Rinaldo Lovatin

Corale Vestenanova (ITA)

The “Vestenanova Choir” was formed in 1989. The religious and liturgical repertoire ranges from Pierluigi Da Palestrina to Marco Fresina with songs for all the major holidays. He has a repertoire of operatic music with pieces by G. F. Handel and Giuseppe Verdi. For popular singing he particularly prefers the compositions of Bepi De Marzi. He sang in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican and in many of the most famous sanctuaries of Umbria, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Organ and piano  Piercarlo Fracasso

Coro Maschile di Breganze (ITA) – Conductor Filiberto Zanella

Coro Maschile di Breganze (ITA)

The Breganze Choir was founded in 1948 by Don Piero Carpenedo. In this long period the group followed the seasons of Venetian choral singing, passing from liturgical animation, for which it was born, to alpine and mountain songs, to sacred and profane polyphony, to international folklore, participating in some national choral competitions (3rd classified in Vittorio Veneto). The Choir has had several conductors, who have enriched its repertoire, always opening up new horizons. From 2000 to 2003, with Maestro Daniele Dalla Costa, the Choir deepened the study of popular songwriting and classical polyphony, recording the CD « Lieder und Gesänge », with ten unpublished Lieder by Fanny Mendelssohn.
In recent years the Choir has participated in events and reviews throughout the Veneto, but also beyond the regional borders. In particular, in 2003 and 2004 it performed at the 2nd and 3rd Festival of Venetian Choral. In 2005 it gave two concerts in Tourenne (France). In 2006, 2007,2010 and 2018 it participated in the European Choral Singing Festival « Città di Soave ». In 2009 it performed in Heves (Hungary). In 2012 he animated in Rome the official celebrations for the 69th anniversary of the battle of Nikolajewka and those for the 100th

anniversary of the beginning of the Great War at the Verdi cinema-theater in Breganze in May 2015. In 2018 it celebrated the 70th anniversary of its foundation.
Since 2007 the choir has been directed by Maestro Filiberto Zanella, with whom it has faced international folklore songs and contemporary songs. Since 2014 Mr. Zanella has availed itself of the collaboration of Maestro Manuel Canale, who has enriched the liturgical repertoire with effervescent pieces from the 19th century and of modern sensibility.
The Choir regularly collaborates in the initiatives of the « Alpini Group » of Breganze and in the most significant local events. On the occasion of the « Fiera di San Martino » it organizes the « Autumn Concerts », evenings of folk songs, alpine and mountain songs, sacred and profane polyphony.

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