Rodríguez Moñino Choir
Rodríguez Moñino choir began in the years 1995-1996 and
1996-1997 as the
initiative of a number of pupils and the school music teacher,
Vega Elías. Its first activities were the Certamen de
Villancicos which is
organised every year by the Badajoz Local Council, and a choral meeting
San José de Almendralejo church during the Christmas holidays. Its first pieces were
renaissance carols like “Ay, linda amiga” or “Ay,
triste que vengo” by Juan del
Encina and the carols “Los peces en el río” and
In 1999-2000 the IES Rodríguez Monino choir
played a part in the birth of
came about at the request of various school choir directors (among whom
mentioned María Gago, first president and coordinator) that used
meet up to
do joint music festivals. Its members agree to participate in the
spring festivals in
the first association of its kind in
The evolution of
the IES Rodríguez Moñino choir is most obvious during
Being a part of this organisation has facilitated access to grants from numerous public institutions and help from private companies in order to record some of our music on CD, and some videos from the festivals in the López de Ayala.
ADICOREDEX in Christmas 2000, ten pupils from the choir went on a trip
year another ten pupils went on a trip to
We also have to
mention the visits to
To complete the
list of activities we need to mention the trips to various zones in the
(Guadalupe, Trujillo, Plasencia, Hervás, Puebla de Alcocer,
collaboration and participation in the Festivales
de Villancicos de
The choir’s repertoire changes from year to year, depending on the qualities and abilities of its members, given that the choir’s make-up changes from year to year. Because of this we have performed themes in different styles, vocal or instrumental, a capella, mono or polyphonic, accompanied by the scholarly or classical instruments of those that are available. The whole choir participates in the arrangements, so that the recordings are a result of a group effort.
Teresa Barco (the school’s music teacher) and Sergio Fernández (in 2004-2005) have also participated in the running of the choir.
The IES Rodríguez Moñino choir is renewed every school year, and in Christmas 2006 had its 10th anniversary since its first appearance in Almendralejo’s Festival de Villancicos.
It’s also great to be able to mention that some of those first pupils now collaborate with us so that the current pupils can benefit from their experience.
Of all the activities carried out to commemorate this anniversary, the choir’s webpage (www.coromonino.es) stands out. It was created by Concha Corrales Isaac, and displays our most important activities and tries to form a link between all those who have participated in this great project in some way or another.
The support of the AMPA, of colleagues and of the school itself, represented by the boards of directors that we’ve had, have of course been invaluable to the project, as has our workplace, the ‘Joaquín Oncins’ classroom. We hope that the pleasure we gain from working in this classroom is reflected in every piece of work that we do.
Thank you to all those who have made it possible.
María José de Vega Elías, Conductor of the IES Rodríguez Moñino choir in Badajoz.
Translated by Chris Harper