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Following the establishing of the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s Senior Choir and Youth Choir, the Children’s Choir was created in 1990 with the aim of extending the work and scope of our Music Department.
Children of more than 7 years of age with an initial vocation for choral music can join the choir. They are offered the chance of attending the necessary classes of music technique and improvement, and to take their first steps in the use of music scores and performing in front of an audience.
Since its presentation in October 1991, the Children’s Choir has given numerous concerts in the Principality of Asturias’s major towns and cities. In 2001, the choir performed J. S. Bach’s The Saint Matthew Passion to alongside the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA), an oratorio they performed again in 2009 under the baton of maestro Valdés. The choir traveled to Madrid in 2003 to perform at the El Pardo Royal Palace, in a concert presided over by His Majesty King Felipe VI, then Prince of Asturias. In December 2005, the Children’s Choir performed the Christmas carol Silent Night at the concert given by the New Orleans Jazz Band and Woody Allen, 2002 Prince of Asturias Laureate for the Arts.
In 2006, the Children’s Choir was invited to take part in the TV programme “El Conciertazo”, where they performed Bizet’s The Changing of the Guard from the opera Carmen. On the occasion of the centenary of the Oviedo Philharmonic Society in 2007, the Children’s Choir sang G. Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 alongside the Foundation Choir and the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA). In June that year, the choir travelled to San Sebastian to perform alongside the Orfeoi Txiki, the children’s choir of the Orfeón Donostiarra (1984 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts), at the Aita Donostia 10th Music Week. In June 2010, the choir performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, together with the Foundation’s Choirs and other Asturian groups, alongside the Oviedo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted Italian maestro Marzio Conti, as part of La Caixa’s “Participatory Concerts” project.
In 2012, the Children’s Choir took part in the 21st Princess of Asturias Awards Concert, held on the eve of the Awards Ceremony. In 2013, it performed Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, while in 2014 it collaborated with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir conducted by maestro Ton Koopman.
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