The choir was established in 1987 by Piero Farulli, founder of  the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. The choir is composed of about 50 adult singers and focuses mainly on oratorio repertoire. The choir is taught and trained by a team of professors, led by Fabio Lombardo. Over the years the choir has been conducted by S. Accardo, R. Alessandrini, M. Ceccanti, A. Curtis, A. Fedi, L. Fico, V. Globokar, F. Lombardo, N. Paszkowski, A. Pinzauti and F.M. Sardelli.

Since its debut in July 1989, for which it inaugurated the XLII° edition of the Estate Fiesolana, the choir has concentrated on study and performance of the great oratories of the eighteenth century including Messiah by G.F. Haendel (complete) and the Weihnachtsoratorium by J.S. Bach, but also premiered new works such as David by F.B. Conti. In May 1998 the choir participated in the International Festival of Contemporary Music in Saarbrucken, performing music under the direction of the composer, Vinko Globokar. In 1999 they performed the three cantatas for St. John in Milan during the full cycle of Bach cantatas organized by the Quartet Society, a successful performance that was repeated in Florence in December, 2001. In recent years Schola Cantorum has performed in Spain, France, Germany and Turkey. In nearly 25 years of performing, the ensemble has developed a vast and sought-after 18th-20th century repertoire, but also occasionally performs works by modern composers.  Schola Cantorum has made a number of recordings for the Italian public broadcaster RAI; it has also recorded a CD of César Franck's rarely-performed oratorio Redemption, for soloists, chorus and orchestra. Regular rehearsals are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.


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