History

Chronology

2014

Llorenç Castelló, director

1025

Foundation of the Monastery of Montserrat

1200

The pilgrims begin to journey to Montserrat to venerate the image of Our Lady

1200-1300

During these centuries, the Escolania began

1307

The first written documentation of the Escolania’s existence at Montserrat

1479

The choristers sing for King Ferdinand the Catholic during his visit to Barcelona

1494

Abbot Garcia de Cisneros speaks of the Escolania, which consists of 20 boys at the time

1560

Abbot Garriga begins the Basilica he promised to do as a chorister of the Escolania

1700-1800

A period of growth for the Escolania, with the appearance of the Masters of the Escolania

1889-1909

Fr. Manuel Guzmán, director of the Escolania and teacher of future directors of the choir

1909-1911

Fr. Ramir Escofet, director

1911-1933

Fr. Anselm Ferrer, director and composer. First recordings of the Escolania

1933-1936

Blessed Fr. Àngel Rodamilans, director of the Escolania, martyr during the Civil War

1936-1939

The choristers must evacuate Montserrat during the Spanish Civil War

1939-1953

Fr. David Pujol, director

1950

The Escolania sings in the proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption, before the Pope

1953-1997

Fr. Ireneu Segarra, director and composer. Begins concerts and tours outside of Montserrat

1997-2000

Fr. Jordi-Agustí Piqué, director. The Capella de Música de Montserrat was founded

2000-2007

Joaquim Piqué, former student, first lay director

2001

Inauguration of the restoration of the Escolania’s building

2005

Reformation of the Residence, which becomes flexible to adapt to modern times

2007-2014

Bernat Vivancos, director and composer

2007

Beginning of the annual exchange between the older choristers and boys from England

2008

The Escolania starts a Youtube Channel

2009

Begin to receive the first English or American Volunteers who live with the students

2010

The Escolania sings in the Dedication of the Sagrada Familia (Barcelona) before the Pope

2011-2013

Three tours in Russia

2014

First tour in the United States