On September 26-29, the Girls’ Cathedral Choir “Puellae Orantes” took part in the International Choir Competition in Rimini, where he achieved spectacular success. It is one of the three largest and most prestigious competitions in Italy. This year 31 teams from England, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Indonesia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Italy took part in it.
The “Puellae Orantes” choir won two categories (sacred music and youth choirs), reaching 97.6 and 98 points of 100 possible and the main prize of the competition – Grand Prix. In addition, Rev. Władysław Pachota received the award of the best conductor. As a laureate of the Grand Prix, the Tarnów team was awarded with the medal of the President of the Republic of Italy and a cash prize in the amount of 5000 Euro. In addition, the “Puellae Orantes” choir received additional prizes from the Polish Embassy and the Serbian Embassy.
Girls delighted not only the international Jury, which unanimously awarded “Puellae Orantes” the main prize, but also the Italian audience. The President of the Jury – composer, Anatoly Kiselev – gave the choir his works, in addition, the choir received several concert proposals and participated in international festivals.
After the competition in Rimini, the choir left for Rome, where he gave a concert at the Basilica of St. Cosma and Damian, prayed at the altar of the Blessed John Paul II and took a part in the General Audience at the St. Peter’s Square. The girls performed a few songs before the audience and greeted the Pope, after his speech addressed to the Poles.
The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The Patron of the Choir is Tauron Polska Energia.
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Press conference after arrival from Italy