Institut Valencià de la Musica

Generalitat Valenciana

Valencia Cathedral Choir

coral_catedraliciaThe Valencia Cathedral Chorus made its public debut on 21st January 2002, which is the festival day of San Vicente Mártir, patron saint of Valencia. The group?s composition (33 mixed voices semi-professional singers) allows it to perform works of all kind with relative ease, even though majority of the pieces that make up its repertoire are sacred works belonging to the cathedral archive.

Beyond its usual sphere of activity, the Chorus premiered the Oratorio a la Santísima Virgen de los Desamparados by Antonio Fornet in Palau de la Música, and performed The Passion According to St. Matthew by J. S. Bach together with the Orquesta del Conservatorio Superior de Valencia. It has also released a CD recording, which was commissioned by the Valencia Provincial Council, two motets and one salve composed by Ginés Pérez, as well as works by Juan Bautista Comes, both instructors in the chapel of the Valencia cathedral. Among its performances in the Cathedral itself, special mention may be made of La Cuaresma Catedralicia cycle. In 2003, the group was invited to perform at the first Valencia International Festival of Sacred Music.

The Chorus is directed by Luis Garrido (although the Reverend José Climent is in charge for the more solemn, large-scale cathedral events) who, in addition to transcribing and preparing the repertoire, gives advice on its performance as well.

 

Luís Garrido Jiménez

Garrido Giménez was born in Xirivella (Valencia) in 1966. As a child, he attended Escolanía de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados for six years. He went on to continue his musical studies whilst simultaneously cultivating his enormous passion for chorale music as the director of different vocal groups and by attending courses on conducting, vocal technique and performance. He holds a graduate degree in musicology and music education from the Conservatorio Superior Joaquín Rodrigo de Valencia and is currently pursuing his doctorate.

Since 1990, he has been the musical director of la Escolanía de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados, of its senior citizens choir, the Schola Gregoriana laententur and the Coral Catedralicia de Valencia.

 

 

 

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