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Escolania (Boys' Choir)

Montserrat is home to one of the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe. Documents testify to the existence of a religious and music school in Montserrat as far back as the 14th century.
The Escolania now accompanies religious ceremonies and communal prayers in the basilica. All the choir members receive a high standard of musical training, along with human and intellectual education. The choir enjoys international fame and prestige, giving concert performances all over the world, as well as building up a large catalogue of recordings.
 
Over the course of its history, the school has produced a good number of choirmasters and musicians, as well as well-known composers and teachers. The Escolania also enables some of the monks at Montserrat to work in the field of composing, producing and teaching music.

Selection process and candidate preparation:

- Boys join the Choir School at 4th level of Primary and 5th level if place is available.
- Boys are selected on the basis of the three following points:
* Voice and musical theory
* School performance
* Adaptation and sociability

 

 

Boys' choir Times:
From Monday to Friday:
13.00h Salve and Virolai
From Monday to Thursday:
18.45h Vespers, Salve Montserratina and Polyphonic Motet
Saturdays:
The Boys' Choir doesn't sing
Sundays and religious holidays:
12.00h Salve and Virolai
18.45h Vespers, Salve Montserratina and Polyphonic Motet

Choir performance times may vary according to special religious celebrations and the school calendar.

Practical Information

Information  
Telephone: +34 93 877 77 77
Web: Website of the Escolania
  Website of the Abbey
Email: Email us