After last year's impasse, in which the Easter Festival had to make its way streaming due to the pandemic, this year it has been possible to return to the presence and the public has responded in a totally positive way.
Both morning concerts, like the rest of the parallel activity·leles, have recorded a very high occupancy of the available space and adapted to the regulations to combat Covid 19. But it has been the evening concerts, with a higher capacity, those who have registered fully sold out tickets in four of the five scheduled sessions, achieving absolute audience success.
Exactly, one of the concerts I had for days that had all the tickets already sold out, is what has put an end to this year’s edition. This is the performance of the Chamber Choir of the Palau de la Música directed by Xavier Puig. Precisely, this brewer was the founder of the contest and its director in its first editions.
The program of this last concert has included works by Clavé, Millet, Lively, Nicolau, Morera, Pujol, Serra, R. Lamote, Taltabull, Beyond the Vivancos. A trip to 150 years of Catalan choral music with a complete sample of the diversity and richness of our composers.
more 15 concerts and various activities paral·with Manén and Gerhard as protagonists
The Easter Festival, which has taken place from the 27 March 4 d'abril, it also offers a totally satisfactory balance according to the first impressions collected from the public, the high occupancy of the available capacities (and adapted to Covid regulations 19) and the good feelings of the performers and companies that have performed there.
Total, s’han programat 11 different musical productions that have materialized in 15 concerts spread over 6 days and in different spaces of the city such as the emblematic Auditorium, the Municipal Auditorium, the Church of St. Dominic or, even, the Paeria.
One of the novelties has been the premiere of the new artistic director, the violist and musicologist Jordi Armengol. His artistic direction has been to maintain the roots that make up the identity of the festival (the empowerment of Catalan classical music), but at the same time opening up to new multidisciplinary proposals, other musical genres and, above all, agglutinate parallel activities·them as documentary projections, annotated auditions or exhibitions and conferences during the days of the contest.
The beer festival has also been added to the commemorations of two essential anniversaries: the 125th of the birth of Robert Gerhard and the 50th of the death of Joan Manén, two of the most paradigmatic cases of ignorance we have of our most universal musicians. There was also a memorial for the Renaissance Quartet by Eduard Toldrà.
All the concerts and activities have been governed strictly following all the security and protection protocols activated as a result of the pandemic caused by Covid. 19.
The Easter Festival is organized by the Paeria de Cervera, and is a meeting point for the classical music sector in Catalonia, as well as a showcase of classical music made in Catalonia.
He 4 d'abril, Easter Sunday, the Children's Choir will perform, in different spaces of the historic center of Cervera, us “small Caramelles concerts”.
Candies are the ingrained popular choral songs that, this year in a different format, they celebrate the arrival of spring, and which can be enjoyed in a special way.
Les Caramelles de Cervera 2021 have had to adapt to health measures in order to minimize the effects of the pandemic, and that is why, in this edition, the groups of the Children's Choir will perform separately in three different spaces, this will avoid the concentration of singers and audiences in one place. In each space there will be two songs (them 11.30 and the 12.30 hours), with the following distribution:
- Main square: groups of Escatxics, Smurfs and Small A
- Plaza Santa Ana: Grans A and B
- University Plaza: Small B and Medium.
In the different spaces, and bounded by fences, there will be an enclosure for the public with well-separated chairs, in which we await your presence, in order to be able to listen to the songs that our singers and directors will perform, and also, if the case arises, col·work on singing some popular Caramelles song that we’d like to share with all of you.
It highlights the fact that for all singers, and according to the circumstances experienced in recent months, the Candies will be the first performance of the course in front of the public and, in some cases, for new additions, the first as members of the Nova Cervera Children's Choir. Quite an event, and a musical and personal challenge!
On the other band, inform you, than to be able to enjoy a beautiful day, shop windows and businesses col·workers have been shining, and they still shine, during these previous days some panels with images of the Candies of previous years, in order to make the party more public! The images share a new logo created especially for this occasion by designer Xavi Miret, to whom we thank once again for their dedication.
too, once again, and thanks to the contributions of the establishments col·workers, there will be the traditional raffle of monkeys and Easter presents from various bakeries and workshops (the numbers of which will be sold throughout the same morning of Candy in the squares mentioned above), as well as many gifts for all the singers, which will be raffled in "online" format on Easter evening.
This year, due to the measures, previous joint trials open to all could not be performed… Despite this, we invite you to join us this Sunday morning, per, another year, faithful to tradition, to be able to share and enjoy together the singing of our beloved Candies!
Happy Easter everyone!
Information and poster provided by the Nova Cervera Children's Choir.
Cervera, 30 of March of 2021.
La Cerverina d’Art, gallery of the main street of Cervera that the 2020 complied 25 years, is the winner of the tenth edition of the Sikarra Prize, organized every year by the Jordi Cases i Llebot Foundation and the Espitllera Fòrum d’Estudis Segarrencs.
Promoters of the La Cerverina d’Art gallery.
This is a family project promoted by Pilar Porredon and Yago Serrano, and that it has become vital to the historic center. It has meant the recovery of the gallery building, an old modernist barber shop, and also stands out for its demands in the remodeling of the public road.
La Cerverina has organized a hundred exhibitions, which artists such as Akihito Asano have brought to the capital of La Segarra, Antoni Tàpies, Bigas Luna and Albert Ràfols-Casamada, others.
This award pays tribute to people and organizations that contribute to the dissemination, the study or projection of the Segarra. It was born after the organizing entities bought the Sikarra currency ten years ago. It dates from the 3rd century BC and explains that the place name Segarra dates back to this period.
Information and image extracted from the web www.somsegarra.cat.
Cervera, 19 of March of 2021.
The prestigious Josep Anselm Clavé Choral Singing Awards in Catalonia have made public the list of awards 2020, who have recognized with the maximum award three musical projects of Cervera.
The Clavé 2020 have awarded prizes in a total of eleven categories, three of which have been for Cervera music projects:
The solidarity song “Everything will be fine”, of the Conservatory of Cervera, has won the Jury Prize for Best Video Production Show.
The cantata “The Enchanted Mirror”, composed by Jordi Castellà, has won the Audience Award for Best Live Show Production.
The cantata "The crown of doves", composed by Jordi Castellà, music, and Narcís Turull, letter, has won the Jury Prize for Best Composition.
Two other Cervera projects have received the Honorable Mention as candidates:
The Candies 2.0, of the Cervera Choral Group.
The children's choir Nova Cervera for the trajectory on the occasion of the 50 years of the entity.
The awards are a recognition of excellence·slow musical work being carried out in the city of Cervera.
Many thanks to all the people and entities who are making this possible.
The Josep Anselm Clavé Awards for Choral Singing in Catalonia 2020 will take place on Saturday 22 May, them 17 hours, in the gardens of Montesquiu Castle (Osona) in the framework of the Day of the Hearts of Clavé, if restrictions permit.
Cervera, 19 of March of 2021.
The director of the Territorial Services of Culture in Lleida, Michelangelo Cullerés; paer the chief Cervera, Joan Santacana; the Councilor for Culture and Member of the Lleida Provincial Council, Mercè Carulla; and the artistic director of the Festival, Jordi Armengol, have submitted the pageant, at an event at the Municipal Auditorium on Tuesday 9 March.
Michelangelo Cullerés, on behalf of the Generalitat, has valued the proposal for continuity of the Easter Festival. He expressed "his gratitude to Cervera and his courage to program live music" and wanted to "value the effort of the City Council and the Conservatory of Cervera and its musical commitment".
The chief paer, Joan Santacana, he thanked “the support of the Generalitat for the event, which is strategic and of high quality ”. He also emphasized that "the research work that is carried out throughout the year is one of the objectives of the Festival".
Mercè Carulla has stated that "Cervera is committed to culture"; highlighted “the beginning of a new stage of the Festival, led by director Jordi Armengol ”and that the event“ bears the name of the city throughout the territory ”. “This is possible thanks to the work of the city's cultural entities, of which we are proud ”.
The new director, Jordi Armengol, has presented the schedule, which this year vindicates the figures of Robert Gerhard and Joan Manén.
11is Festival de Passover de Cervera
The Cervera Easter Festival reaches its 11th edition positioned as the reference contest in Catalonia for Catalan classical music. A DNA of its own that gives it a unique personality and distinguishes it as a priority and prominent for both the Catalan cultural world and the Generalitat itself, which recognizes it as a benchmark festival.
Of the 27 March 4 d'abril, the contest program 11 different musical productions that will end up materializing in 15 concerts spread over 6 days and in different spaces of the city such as the emblematic Auditorium, the Municipal Auditorium, the Church of St. Dominic or, even, the Picture Room of the Paeria.
This year, one of the main novelties is the relief at the head of the artistic direction, which is assumed by Jordi Armengol. The new director is a violinist and musicologist and will hold the position for the next two editions of the event, with option to an extension of two more.
His artistic proposal maintains the roots that make up the festival's identity (the empowerment of Catalan classical music), but at the same time it opens up to new multidisciplinary proposals, other musical genres and, above all, agglutinate parallel activities·them as documentary projections, annotated auditions or exhibitions and conferences during the days of the contest.
This year the Festival is in addition to the commemorations of two essential anniversaries: the 125th of the birth of Robert Gerhard and the 50th of the death of Joan Manén, two of the most paradigmatic cases of ignorance we have of our most universal musicians. There will also be a memorial for the Renaissance Quartet by Eduard Toldrà.
You can check the schedule in this link to the Festival website.
Cervera, 9 of March of 2021.
Two projects of the Conservatory choose to win the public award, granted by popular vote, to the best live show, with “The enchanted mirror”, and the best video production, with the “Everything will be fine”.
Voting on both projects can be done effectively, until the day 10 March, through the website www.premisclave.cat.
The Josep Anselm Clavé Awards for Choral Singing in Catalonia 2020 will take place on Saturday 22 May 2021 them 17.00 h in the gardens of Montesquiu Castle as part of the Clavé Hearts Day, if the epidemiological situation allows.
The educational community of the Conservatory of Cervera wishes to be able to be there and thanks you in advance for all your support.
The Clavé Choir Federation organizes and awards the Josep Anselm Clavé CantCoral Awards in Catalonia, with the aim of disseminating and promoting the best works in the choral music scene in Catalonia.
Information and image provided by Marc Spanish (Cervera Conservatory).