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Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint Marc in the Cathedral

2007/12/30 The choral group will be performing at Vitoria’s Teatro Principa

‘Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint Marc’, the choral group that became famous through its participation in the film ‘The Chorus’, will be performing tomorrow at Vitoria’s Teatro Principal as part of their current world tour. Tickets have sold out for both performances (6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.), organised by the Fundación Catedral Santa María.

Before performing at the theatre, the choir will be visiting the Cathedral of Santa María in Vitoria for a short guided tour, after which they will be singing two songs from their repertoire in the portico at a private function for the media.
‘Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint Marc de Lyon’ was founded in 1986 by its current director, Nicolas Porte. It is made up of close to 55 girls and boys aged between 10 and 15 who attend the Saint Marc school in the French city of Lyon, although only 30 of them will be performing in Vitoria.

The members of the choir were used to their daily routine of classes, rehearsals and performances in festivals. However, their life took a dramatic turn when, after competing against over 200 children’s choirs, they were given the leading role in ‘The Chorus’ (2004), a French film nominated for two Oscars, which looks at the power of music in education. The soundtrack for the film has made the choir famous throughout the world and has sold close to two million copies.

Their repertoire mainly focuses on religious music, from Gregorian chants up to 20th century pieces, although there is also a strong presence of contemporary music. The programme they will be performing tomorrow at the Teatro Principal includes compositions by Bruno Coulais, many of which were created especially for the famous film “The Chorus”, as well as classical pieces, popular tunes and carols.