The Choir

 

CHOIR DIRECTOR

Llorenç Castelló, born in Barcelona in 1976, began his music studies at the Escolania de Montserrat, where he studied under Fr. Ireneu Segarra from 1986 to 1990.

He has the master’s degree in Music theory and bachelor’s degrees in Composition and Piano from the Centre for Higher Education at the Liceu Conservatory. He is a professor at the Music Education Department at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

He was a founding member of the Capella de Música de Montserrat, the men’s choir that occasionally accompanies the Escolania. In 2009, he became Assistant Director of the Escolania de Montserrat and, in 2012, was appointed Director of the Capella de Música as well. In 2014, he took over as Director for the Escolania de Montserrat, where he carries on with the music tradition he received as a child, cherishing the centuries-long music tradition of Montserrat while also pursuing more modern music projects.

 

The Vilorai

This is a hymn dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrat, popularly known as “Rosa d’abril”, in reference to the first line of the poem.

The Virolai was written by Fr. Jacint Verdaguer and published in 1880 in the programme of the arts and music contest held for the Millennium Celebration of Montserrat. In that same programme, a gold and enamel flabiol sculpture was to be awarded to the best musical adaptation of Verdaguer’s text.

On the 25th of April of that same year, Josep Rodoreda’s melody was declared the winner from among seventy other entries.

Score and lyrics
Virolai with accompaniment
Jacint Verdaguer and Josep Rodoreda

The choirboys sing the hymn every day at 13:00 h. You can watch it online by clicking on this link.

 

Repertorie

The Escolania specializes in the interpretation of music specifically from the Montserrat School, founded by the Monastery of Montserrat. This school has been and will always be linked to the choir. It is one of the most respected schools in Europe because of its tradition, identity, and uniqueness. Of all the composers who are a part of this school, highlights of the group include Joan Cererols (17th century), Anselm Viola and Narcís Casanoves (18th century), Àngel Rodamilans, Anselm Ferrer, and Ireneu Segarra (20th century).

In addition to the Montserrat School, the Escolania often plays Renaissance era polyphony (mainly T.L de Victoria and G.P. da Palestrina) and various authors of all ages (Mendelssohn, Brahms, Britten, etc.).

In their performances outside of Montserrat, the Escolania will often play Catalan folk music by various Catalan composers.

 

DISCOGRAPHY

The Escolania regularly records its musical repertoire. In this section, you will find the latest recordings:

 

THE CAPELLA DE MÚSICA

The Escolania collaborates with the Capella de Música de Montserrat, a men’s choir founded in 1997 and made up in large part by former Escolania choirboys. They accompany the Escolania when the repertoire calls for lower registers, in liturgical celebrations as well as concerts.
In addition to singing with the Escolania, the Capella de Música occasionally performs solo with its own repertoire of sacred music.

The current director of the choir is Llorenç Castelló.
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