The "Agostino Agazzari" choir
Siena's "Agostino Agazzari" Choir, founded and conducted by Cesare Mancini, was established as the official choir of Siena Cathedral in 2001. Comprising a group of enthusiasts passionate about choral singing, and more especially about polyphony, the choir handles a vast repertoire stretching from Gregorian chant to 20th century experimental music. The choir performs an intense and lively programme of concerts and it has conducted numerous tours abroad, performing in England, Austria, Germany and Poland.
The choir is regularly invited to such events as the International Festival at La Sainte-Beaume, the National Polyphony Festival in Camogli and International Renaissance Organ Day, invariably attracting unanimous praise from critics and audiences alike.
In addition to tackling a traditional polyhphonic choir repertoire, it also takes part in performances of such demanding scores as Mozart's Requiem and Mass in C Minor K. 427, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Bartolucci's Passion.
The choir also organises the "Musica Senensis" Festival, an event designed to maximise the potential of, and to add lustre to, Siena's venues, its instruments, its music and its musicians.
The Italian Cultural Assets and Activities Ministry has recognised the choir as a "group of national interest".