The choral society Quadriclavio, founded in 1995 by Francesco Scognamiglio and since 1998 conducted by Lorenzo Bizzarri, is a polyphonic choir formed by lovers of sacred and Baroque music who needn't anyway necessarily read music.
The single parts actually are recorded on tapes, that become the singer's groundwork for studying and learning by heart the melody written in the part.
The choir meets for rehearsal only once a week (on
Monday from 8.30 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.).
Even though it is formed by amateurs, the choir performes high-level music, meeting always with success and appreciation.
The choir has no religious or political connotations and assembles people of different age, profession and orientation, joined by the love of music and the pleasure of singing together.
CURRICULUM OF THE QUADRICLAVIO CHOIR
Quadriclavio choir of Bologna, founded in 1995 by Francesco
Scognamiglio and directed since 1998 by Lorenzo Bizzarri,
eclectic musician and choir director among the most
appreciated ones of Bologna, is an amateur choir with a
repertoire of sacred music oriented to classical and baroque.
By paying great attention and care to the interpretation and
to the performance, the Quadriclavio choir has been
appreciated in all its performances and has played a leading
role in many interesting concerts in Bologna and province,
as well as in other Italian towns, from Apulia to Lombardy,
and always enjoyed a great success .
The choir has also participated in various musical events,
such as the performance of operas (Cenerentola by
L'Elisir d'amore by Donizetti, La Bohème by
Puccini), as well as the performance of previously
unreleased works of
contemporary sacred music on the occasion of the 25th
aniversary of the death of Cardinal Lercaro, in the presence
of the Bishop of Bologna, Cardinal Biffi.
On December 5th, 2003, the Quadriclavio Choir has
participated in the Ferrara Cathedral, together with the
Santa Maria dei Servi Chapel Choir (one of the oldest and
most prestigious choral institutions of Bologna), in the
performance of Mozart's Requiem, in front of an
audience of nearly 2,500 people (concert replicated on April
16th, 2004, in Gallarate with the Orchestra Filarmonica
The Quadriclavio choir is actively present on the Internet
with a website (www.quadriclavio.it) reported by all the
music portals in the world and thanks to the internet has
developed several contacts with choirs from other countries
(USA, Japan, Spain, Russia and so on) with which it
organized and organizes cultural exchanges and concerts.
The Quadriclavio choir has performed with success abroad (Prague
2006, Vienna 2007, Barcelona 2009) and was invited by the
Antoniano Organization of Bologna at the celebration of the
50th anniversary of the children music festival "Zecchino
d'Oro" on September 5th, 2007.
In December 2008, the Quadriclavio choir has performed with
great success the Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van
Beethoven, with the "Bruno Maderna" orchestra of Forlì,
concert replicated on April 25th, 2009, in the Basilica of
In December 2009, the Quadriclavio choir participated in the
worldwide first performance of the
unpublished music work "Natività" by Mgr Domenico
Bartolucci, in the presence of the author himself.
In June 2011, the Quadriclavio choir gave two concerts in
the frame of the International Festival of University Music
In December 2010 and in December 2011 the Quadriclavio choir
gave two important concerts in favour of the restoration of
the Basilica of Santo Stefano in Bologna.
In 2012, the Quadriclavio choir participated in the Alta
Pusteria International Choir Festival in San Candido and
Dobbiaco, and also gave several important concerts with
orchestra in Rome (Rossini's Stabat Mater, Mozart's
Requiem), in Lombardy (choirs and chorals from the
Passions by Bach), in the Osservanza monastery of
Bologna and in the frame of "The Tuesday of San Domenico" in
the Basilica of San Domenico in Bologna (Vivaldi's Gloria).
In the year
2013, bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, the Chorale
Quadriclavio has participated in several executions of La
Traviata, as well as of parts of Rigoletto and
In December 2013, the Quadriclavio choir has participated in
the concert for the benefit of the Bambino Gesù Hospital in
Rome, in the Paul VI Hall, Vatican city, also accompanying
the tenor Andrea Bocelli, and performing Handel's
Hallelujah and the "Inneggiamo al Signor" by
Mascagni with the Rossini Orchestra of Pesaro.
Quadriclavio performed the Verdi Requiem in Viterbo
in 2013, in Rome in April 2014 and in Leipzig, together with
the Choir of the Leipzig Opera, in June 2014.
Still in the eyar 2014, the Chorale Quadriclavio accompanied
the tenor Andrea Bocelli on June 10th in the event for the
100th anniversary of CONI (Italian Olimpic Commitee),
broadcasted live on RAI1 (national Italian television
channel), on July 20th in Lajatico in the Cavalleria
Rusticana by Mascagni conducted by Placido Domingo and
on September 7th in Florence in a concert conducted by Zubin