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Schola Cantorum Voci del Nestore (Italy) performing at Fota Wildlife Park on Saturday May 2nd at 1pm

The Schola Cantorum Voci del Nestore choir is made up of students from the first, second and third classes of Piegaro Middle School. The group currently consists of 25 students, and came into being in 2003 through the formation of an extracurricular school choir activity. Since 2006 the choir has become part of the school’s curriculum, with rehearsals of about three hours a week now partly taking place during the school day.

The constant commitment of the choir, despite an annual change in the number of voices, has given them strong vocal and musical preparation. The choir excels when performing live, and has proven their excellence not only during the several shows the school has organized, but also through the essential steps of meeting with other school choirs in national and international festivals, such as:

2005: Spring Festival organized by FENIARCO in Riva del Garda2007. National Festival in Vittorio Veneto - Regional School Choirs Festival organized by S. Anna Foundation in Perugia - Provincial School Choirs Contest organized by S. Anna Foundation in Perugia (In which The Piegaro Choir won First Prize) - Choir lab activity for choir teachers and directors - Christmas Concert for USR Umbria at Morlacchi Theatre along with other ten regional schools.

2008: Lab activity for choir teachers and directors - Regional School Choirs Festival organized by S. Anna Foundation in Perugia - 70th A. Gramsci’s anniversary show organized by Perugia Provincial Administration -Regional ‘In Coro-Incontro Polifonico Umbro’ show - Spring Festival Follonica.

The choir’s repertoire ranges from ancient to modern classical music, pop music and musical comedy.

You can catch the choir perform in the park on Saturday May 2nd at 1pm as part of the Cork International Choral Festival. Fota Wildlife Park has also lined up Unity Drummers for a free workshop on sunday for people of all ages to learn how to play african drums. They will be in the park from 12pm until 4pm and are sure to make the animals from Africa feel right at home.