The Philippine Madrigal Singers was conferred the Guidoneum Award 2010 by the Fondazione Guido d’ Arezzo.
The awarding was held after the gala concert of the Madz at the closing of the 58th International Choral Competition held in Arezzo, Italy.
The country’s premier singing group was honored for “the artistic and choral promotion activity that they carried out after they won the European Grand Prix in Choral Singing in 2007.”
The Madz’s choir director Mark Anthony Carpio received the award from Francesco Lusi, the president of the Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo. He said: “The Foundation has followed attentively and with great pleasure the fruitful activities of the Philippine Madrigal Singers and is grateful for all that they have done for the choral world.”
The Madz is the only choir in the world to win the Grand Prix in two consecutive years, 2006 and 2007 in one of the top global choral competitions.
The Philippine Madrigal Singers was formed at the University of the Philippines nearly 50 years ago by National Artist Andrea O. Veneracion. The concept then was for the mixed group to specialize in the madrigal, a music form that originated in Italy during the Renaissance.
The Madrigal’s strong point are their adeptness in church music, show tunes, Filipino songs and pop. In fact, the Madz latest CD release, Madz In Love is a collection of love songs in various pop forms.
Arezzo was the first leg of the Madz’s 2010 European tour. They will also be performing in other cities in Europe like Rome, Milan, Vienna, Prague, Berlin and others. They also did two songs, I Will Sing Forever and I Can Tell The World during an audience with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.
(Story courtesy of Baby A. Gil of Philippine Star)