Children's Choir "Canzonetta"

České Budějovice (Budweis), Czech Republic

Petra Nova - conductor
Lilija Cervena - piano accompaniment

Competition Section

Title Composer Lyrics
Sto mi e milo / What I Like Macedonian Folk Song Macedonian Folk Song
Panis angelicus / Bread of Angels Claudio Casciolini Saint Thomas Aquinas
Vlaštovička lítá / A Swallow Is Flying Petr Eben Czech Folk Song
Wind-Song Richard Kidd Richard Kidd
Remeslnici / Craftsmen Zdenek Lukas Czech Folk Poetry

Pop Section

Title Composer Lyrics
Praise His Holy Name! Keith Hampton Traditional
Like a Rainbow Bob Chilcott Guaymi Folk Song
Hymn to Freedom Oscar Peterson Harriette Hamilton

The children's choir “Canzonetta” has performed at Bezdrevska school in Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic) since 1997. The choir consists of about 30 singers, all girls and boys ages 11 to 19. The current conductor is Mrs. Petra Nova, and the choir is accompanied by the professional pianist Mrs. Lilija Cervena.

The repertoire is focused on pieces of different periods, from The Renaissance to the 21st Century; songs by both Czech and foreign composers; and includes styles such as folk songs and spirituals.

Every year Canzonetta performs at Spring, Advent, Christmas, and many other concerts and festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad. The choir has been awarded many times, e.g.: Golden Level at The International Children and Youth Choir Festival, Pardubice (CZ) 2011; Golden Level at Porta Musicae Festival, Novy Jicin (CZ) 2010; Golden Level and “Cum Laude“ award at 54th European Music Youth Festival, Neerpelt (Belgium) 2006.

Till now, Canzonetta has recorded 5 albums and one CD with two other children’s choirs, an album with Budvarka Brass Band and, last but not least, the choir participated in a 2 CD  recording “Advent and Christmas in Ceske Budejovice”.

Mrs. Petra Nova is a conservatory teacher and she has been leading Canzonetta since 2010.

Ceske Budejovice (or Budweis) is an old city located in the south of the Czech Republic. It is the home of the famous Budweiser beer and well-known Hardtmuth pencils.

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