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11/07/2006

The Toulouse Boy´s Choir concert at the Old Cathedral

11/07/06 The recital will include the sacred music of Mozart, Kodaly, Duruflé and Bruckner.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, 11 July 2006. After the highly successful concerts featuring the Gregorian Chant Choir and Canadian ethnomusicologist, Judith Cohen, the Santa Maria Cathedral is opening its doors to music once again to host the Cathedral of Toulouse Boy´s Choir (France). The concert, which is part of the “Encuentros con la Catedral” series, will be held next Monday, 17 May, at 8:00pm.

The Cathedral of Toulouse Boy´s Choir concert will be divided into two parts: one featuring sacred music by Mozart, Kodaly, Duruflé and Bruckner, and the other including secular songs that explore different styles of music from various countries all over the world, such as the Philippines, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, etc.

Those interested in attending the concert may pick up their invitation at the Santa Maria Cathedral Visitor´s Centre in the Plaza de la Burullería beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, from 10:30am to 2:00pm and 4:30pm to 8:00pm.

Founded in 1936 by the abbot Georges Rey, the Cathedral of Toulouse Boy´s Choir is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Following in the tradition of the Saint Etienne Cathedral of Toulouse choirs, it is comprised solely by boys and young men between the ages of 8 and 20. Today, its repertoire features motets and sacred works spanning all eras, in addition to secular pieces from all over the globe.

The Cathedral of Toulouse Boy´s Choir has presented concerts worldwide, with destinations including Canada, the United States, West Indies, Poland, Ukraine, Jordan, Lebanon, amongst others. They have also performed in a wide variety of auditoriums, from prestigious concert halls to small parishes.

The choir school associated with the cathedrals has participated in Toulouse´s most poignant moments, during solemn occasions (mass for the victims of the AZF chemical factory, mass in memory of French singer Claude Nogaro, etc) as well as during more festive celebrations (the Queen of England´s visit, the opening of Space City in France, etc.)

In addition, the Boy´s Choir often participates in musical productions at the Capitole de Toulouse opera theatre. Past performances include Jeanne au bûcher, directed by G. Prêtre, and Requiem de Fauré, with Michel Plasson. The next opportunity to enjoy them in concert will take place in November, when they perform with the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra.

The Cathedral of Toulouse Boy´s Choir has released several records featuring sacred music, including Motets du XVI au XX (Motets from the 16th to the 20th centuries) and Chants sacrés (Sacred Songs) with Roberto Alagna. They have also recorded secular music, such as Carnet de route (Road Map) as well as Christmas songs, Noël Baroque (Baroque Christmas).

Various directors have succeeded the abbot Rey as the head of the group, amongst them David Godfroid, the current director of the Capitole Children´s Choir, Wilfried Busaal, and Victoria Digon, who held the position two years ago.

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