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Major Success for Minores
October 27, 2011   
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A Polish children’s ensemble specializing in early music has recently returned from the World Choral Festival in Puebla, Mexico and a 10-day tour of several Mexican cities including the country’s capital. The young musicians of Scholares Minores pro Musica Antiqua, a group hailing from Poniatowa, a small provincial town in eastern Poland (Lublin province), were invited to take part in this prestigious event for the third time. In all, the ensemble gave 15 concerts in Mexico, including six during the festival, meeting with an enthusiastic reception among local audiences.

The Polish ensemble was unanimously voted the best of those performing at the festival, and the artistic directors of Scholares, Danuta and Witold Danielewicz, who set up the ensemble 35 years ago and continue to run it to this day, were granted honorary citizenship of Puebla by the city’s mayor.

Scholares Minores also performed in a 20-minute program for a state television broadcaster in Mexico and participated in a recording session.

Scholares Minores perform a wide range of vocal, instrumental and vocal-instrumental music that was once performed in Europe from the 13th to the end of the 18th centuries. The members of the group, wearing period costumes, play dozens of ancient instruments such as the krumhorn, kortholt, viola da gamba, gothic harp and fiddle, and they also perform stately court dances.

Over the past 35 years the ensemble has given around 2,600 concerts worldwide. Outside Europe, the musicians have performed in Australia, Japan, the United States, Canada and Mexico. Few other children’s ensembles in Poland can boast such a breathtaking artistic career.

“The fact that early music performed by children and young people from Poniatowa has struck a chord with demanding audiences in Poland, Europe and across the world has allowed us to enter the elite club of professional musicians, which is a source of great satisfaction for us,” says the ensemble’s co-founder Witold Danielewicz.
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