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Eusebio Pita Venegas

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Eusebio Pita Venegas was appointed as the new Musical Director of Coral Coraxalia in September 2011

He was born in Granada. He started his singing studies in the RCSM “Victoria Eugenia” in Granada and continued in Madrid at the conservatory “Angel Arias Macein” obtaining the title of professor, graduating in Singing and Diction with the exceptional grade of “Premio de Honor”.

He has been taught by the sopranos Dolores Cava and Josefina Arregui and then attended master classes with Victoria de los Angeles and with the tenor Alfredo Kraus. He was a student of Professor Carlos Hacar from January 2006 to June 2007 achieving an MA in specialized teaching of singing.

Among his studies are complementary courses in the Official School of Languages in Granada, where he completed five years of French and two of English, plus one year of specialized courses in Italian and German phonetics.

He has had training in ballet, Spanish dance and flamenco, held respectively in the Superior Conservatories of Dance in Granada and Madrid (five years per site), as well as in the School of Flamenco at the University of Granada. Also, he has completed specialized courses in drama, movement and voice in theatre.

Active as a student, he has attended courses for choral direction of boy sopranos and Gregorian Chant during his time at the University of Granada, as well as course I and II of Professional and Artistic Voice, undertaken by the Department of ENT Hospital of Granada (health of scientific interest declared by the Junta de Andalucía) and the Ministry of Education of the Community of Madrid (School of Dramatic Art) and a choral course with Professor Marco Berrini.

He has completed a course on public speaking techniques "How to effectively speak in public," taught by world specialist D. Angel Lafuente and organization HO (Hazteoir.org).

As a soloist he has collaborated with Banda Municipal de Granada, the Symphony Orchestra of the City of Alhambra, Bética de Sevilla and Malaga Provincial and also the Symphonic Band of the Armada, Music Regiment Immemorial del Rey 1, among others, and has performed in concert in the Manuel de Falla Auditorium, Congress Hall and Teatro Isabel la Católica de Granada, Seville Cathedral, Alcazar of Toledo and Teatro Monumental de Madrid among others.

He has participated in Festivals of Music and Dance in Granada and concert toured both nationally and internationally, performing in Italy in the Music Festivals of note at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

He was a member of the Foundation of Navarra in Madrid opera and has recorded for National Radio, Canal Sur and RTVE.

His repertoire included many oratorios and cantatas, among which the global revival of the Oratory "Ignis Flagrans Charitatis" presented at the Auditorio Manuel de Falla. Zarzuelas como Gigantes y Cabezudos, Agua Azucarillos y Aguardiente, La del Manojo de Rosas, La Dolorosa, La Boda de Luis Alonso, Los Claveles, La Alegría de la Huerta etc; and concert repertoire consisting of a selection of arias and from the Opera Romanzas de Zarzuela, Classical Spanish songs, French and Italian songs, developing a concert schedule that combines with his teaching schedule.

As a teacher of singing and vocal technique he has extensive teaching experience. He has developed his activity as professor of network Municipal School of Music in Madrid and Andalucía, also having served five years as professor of choral conducting. He has worked with the Choir of Granada as a teacher of vocal technique. He teaches at various choirs (some at the University of Granada) and also teaches theatre and song. He combines this activity with the programming and management of cultural organizations for both public and private companies.

Richard Bartrum

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Richard Bartrum completed his musical studies at the Conservatory in Toronto Canada, studying organ, conducting and performance during the 1960s. In the seventies he was Organist and Choirmaster of St.Georges Church and Musical Director of the Durham Festival Chorus. Between the years 1983 to 1987, Richard was an itinerant musician, playing where needed while living in Germany and France. During the late 1980s and mid-1990s he conducted the Rugby Singers and was Lay Clerk (Tenor) at St. Mary's, Warwick, in the UK. Richard formed the Camerata Barroca players and choir in 1999. From 1994 until 2005 he was with Collegium Musicum in Fuengirola as accompanist, continuo player and occasionally conductor. Since 2007 Richard has been the organist at St.Margaret's Danish Church in Las Lagunas. We were pleased that Richard was able to step in to lead Coral Coraxalia for a few months, and during this time he was a great help to the choir.

Jerome Thiebaut

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It became obvious, very quickly, that such an enthusiastic group would be better served by a professional Musical Director and Coral Coraxalia was fortunate indeed to secure the highly-talented services of Jerome Thiebaut. Jerome is in his early thirties, a highly qualified Music Professor who is Maestro, not only of Coral Coraxalia but in the past, also 'Voces del Guadalhorce' based in Cártama and Coral 'Santa Cecilia' based in Rincon de la Victoria. An accomplished pianist and organist, Jerome has a great sense of humour which seems effortless for him in the umpteen languages he speaks! Jerome is currently taking a leave of absence and we are delighted that Richard Bartrum has stepped in and brought a wealth of musical expertise.

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