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The Carla Amori Chamber Choir was formed as a polyphonic choir at the Crocifisso church in Rimini in 1979, and still provides the music for liturgical services at this church and on occasions also at the city cathedral. The choir numbers about thirty members and is active in promoting sacred choral music.  The choir has performed in towns and cities throughout Italy; highlights include a Solemn Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, a Mass in Milan Cathedral, and a Mass at the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi in the town of Assisi, where the choir was privileged to sing in the chapel located above the tomb of St Francis himself. The Carla Amori Chamber Choir also collaborates with other choirs, with the City of Rimini brass band, and with opera singers; works performed include Requiem op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria RV589. In 2002 the choir sang at a Solemn Mass at the historic Franciscan church of Our Lady of Grace in Rimini, broadcast live by RAI 1, the Italian state television’s flagship channel. The choir has also performed in various European cities: in London in 2006, in Paris in 2007, and in June 2008 at the church of Sv. Anna in Lidingö, Stockholm. In June 2010 the choir performed at Breslau, Poland, as part of the celebrations to commemorate Father Jerzy Popieluszko. In 2011 the choir performed a concert in Berlin. The Carla Amori Chamber Choir also organises numerous choral concerts and choir festivals, numbering amongst its guests prestigious American college choirs, the Lyra male voice choir from Warsaw Poland, the Naama female voice choir  from Tel Aviv, the UPSA from Philippines and the Musica Quantica Choir from Argentina.

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Born in Bologna, Italy, Andrea Angelini began his piano studies as a child, at the Rimini Lettimi School. He later earned a Doctorate of Music at Ferrara’s Frescobaldi Conservatory. After earning a Master in Choral Conducting he studied music therapy with Professor Cremaschi of Milan University. His interests led him to the choral field, and he earned a Bachelor studying at the International Art Academy in Rome with Fulvio Angius. He also studied organ at Pesaro’s Conservatory of Music. Finally he got his PHD in Choral Music at the Cesena Conservatoire of Music. He is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the professional group Musica Ficta Vocal Ensemble that frequently performs in important Festivals in Italy and abroad. For many years, Andrea Angelini has conducted concerts with the choir Carla Amori, in Italy and abroad. Named Director of the Rimini Community Choir, Alessandro Grandi, he led this choir in several performances, including in important venues such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome – where he was able to personally meet Pope John Paul II – and in Milan’s Cathedral. He has also conducted the Belarusian National Capella Choir, the Lithuanian Jauna Muzika Choir, the Latvian Ave Sol, the Ukrainian Ave Musica and the Tudor Consort from New Zealand. Dr. Angelini is the Artistic Director of the Choral Festival Voci nei Chiostri held annually in Rimini each spring. He has been member of the Jury at many International Choir’s Competitions in Italy, Europe and Asia. He frequently leads choral workshops in Italy and abroad. Recently his Masterclass about the “Venetian Renaissance choral music” has been presented to the students of the prestigious Liszt Music Academy of Budapest and in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) for the Young Choral Academy. He has led similar workshops in Romania, Russia, Belarus and China too. He is the artistic director and one of the tutors at the Rimini International Choral Workshop, where he teaches with Peter Phillips, director of the Tallis Scholars. Mr. Angelini is also the artistic director of the Rimini International Choral Competition, of the Queen of the Adriatic Sea Choral Festival and Competition and of the Liviu Borlan Choral Festival. He is the Editor of the International Choral Bulletin (ICB), the membership magazine of the IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music). He has written numerous transcriptions and arrangements for choirs and chamber ensembles. His transcription of Faure’s Requiem is published by Gelber Hund Verlag of Berlin. For the American CanticaNOVA Publication, he has prepared transcriptions of important Renaissance Motets. He has published his composition with Eurarte and Ferrimontana.

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