La Nau Choir School UV

ESCOLA CORAL NADAL-ESCOLA CORAL NADALThis formative activity started in October 2002 and it particularly aimed at children. Conducted by Mònica Perales i Massana, La Nau Choir School was created with the aim of including musical education for children in the heart of the University. The School builds on the premise that songs provide a basis for a good musical education, constitute excellent means for voluntary expression and are important elements of human development. All children can sing. Same as kinetics and speech, singing is also a natural activity which should therefore become an everyday activity. If well directed, songs can help develop auditory perception in addition to emotional, physical and mental experiences. Besides, choir singing, as teamwork, arouses a feeling of solidarity: listening, seeing and living as a group.

As part of their educational objectives, the School promotes the use of the Valencian language and music; its repertoire includes popular and original music for children and female voices. 

 In order to improve the educational quality of the School, from October 2005 music-reading classes (taught by Inmaculada Mirapeix) were integrated with the rehearsal of the bands Garbí and Tramuntana.

 The School rehearses regularly at the Colegio Mayor Rector Peset (Hall of Residence Rector Peset), where most of their concerts have been held. It has also performed at different venues of the University of Valencia such as Joan Plaza Auditorium at the Botanic Gardens, Capella de la Sapiència and Charles Darwin Hall at the Burjassot Campus). Furthermore, the School has represented our University at reputable auditoriums in the region of Valencia such as Aldaia TAMA Auditorium, the Roman Theatre of Sagunto, Palau de la Música de València, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, etc.

 Since 2003 La Nau Choir School holds an annual meeting with other choir schools (Escuela Coral de la Unión Musical de Almansa, Schola Cantorum de Aldaia and Coro Melisma of the Escuela de Música Camp de Morvedre) to perform together. Thus, they are able to cover a different repertoire from their own one. This experience has led them to premiere different cantatas: Las tres locomotoras (The Three Locomotives) by Reimund Hess, Issunboshi and La quimera del tiempo (The Chimera of Time) by Diego Alamar, El Patge Saguntí (The Page from Sagunto) by Josep R. Gil-Tàrrega, Erase una vez en Almansa (Once upon a time in Almansa) by Sonia Megías, L’origen dels núvols (The Origin of Clouds) by Josep R. Gil-Tàrrega, Definitio by Juan Luis Martínez, and L’ocell daurat (The Golden Bird) by Frederic Mompou, among others.

 All in all, the School involves a well-established educational and musical challenge, with one further objective as important – if not more – than the artistic one: the social goal of encouraging active participation within the University of the children of administrative and teaching staff, as well as the associations of Friends and Alumni. Besides, the doors of our School are also open to the general public, which clearly makes the University a centre of promotion and creation of culture.



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