The Local Choral Group
The Choral Group of Montefiore dell'Aso
A contemporary cultural highlight in the historic town of Montefiore dell’Aso is the thriving local choir – 'Il Gruppo Corale di Montefiore dell'Aso’.
They were founded in 1974 and have gone from strength to strength. Equally importantly, they have successfully brought communities together throughout Europe for over forty years. Their repertoire is broad, ranging from early sacred polyphony through the classics to film music and folk music (both local and international).
Every year they hold three main choral events:
August. A regular summer concert entitled ‘Voci del Chiostro’ (Voices from the Cloisters) in the wonderfully atmospheric cloisters of the Church of St Francis in Montefiore.
September /October. ‘Rassegna Polifonica Internazionale’ ( International Choir Festival) to which high-quality choirs are invited from other parts of Italy, and also from further afield.
Christmas. The very popular ‘Concerto di Natale’.
As well as these regular local events they are busy on the international stage, performing in other regions of Italy and in many other European countries. They have toured France five times, and sung in Hungary, Switzerland and Austria among others.
They have also assisted at solemn ceremonies in many great Cathedrals and Basilicas, including a mass in St Peter’s in Rome in the presence of Pope John Paul 11.
They are also seasoned TV and radio artists, and have produced two CD albums ‘Luci Serali’ (evening lights) and ‘Voci del borgo’ (Voices from the town.)
The choir was started in 1974 by Marcello Bucci, who was succeeded in 1996 by the present conductor, Barbara Bucci.
Barbara is a very experienced and highly qualified pianist and harpsichordist, and trained as a choir master at the G.B. Pergolesi Academy in Fermo. She also is a singer in her own right, having studied voice at the G,.Rossini conservatory in Pesaro.
She is passionate about music and works tirelessly for the choir.