Mixed Choir of St. Barbara, ᮩs Angelicus?/strong>
In December of 1993 in St. Barbara parish, a group of
young enthusiasts started to gather led by the idea to enrich a Mass
celebration by singing. This group of five young people presented themselves
for the first time to the parish community in the same year before Christmas
singing at the Mass. Their songs, youth and the eagerness to celebrate
our Lord, attracted many young persons in just few months time. At that
time it was common for the rehearsals to last until 1h a.m.
As the number of singers grew from day to day and reached the round
40 accompanied with two guitars and two flutes, the need for a conductor
emerged. Among themselves singers chose Tomislav ȥkolj for a conductor
and the Reverend Mato Mati?named the choir VIG Ტara?(vocal-instrumental
group). Encouraged by the parish community, the choir's repertoire became
more diverse and demanding since more classical programme took place
of the spiritual songs.
On the 11th of April 1996., the Choir performed in Zagreb at the XIX
Meeting of music amateurs of Zagreb and for the first time under the
name St. Barbara parish choir PANIS ANGELICUS.
The comment of the concil of judges (S. Rainis, D. Fio, B. Starc) was:
?.all singers are of young age and good singing potential which resulted
in nice and vivacious tone.. the choir and the conductor show nice result..?br>
Inspired by the success, the Choir realized many successful performances
and guest appearances in the country (Po硬1998; Rab, 1999; Vukovar,
2003; Rijeka, Istra, 2004 and 2005; Split, 2002-2005; as well as abroad
(Henglarn, B宬 Germany, 1996; Sondrio, Parma Italy, 1997, 2001; Me姯rje,
BiH, 1997, 2000, 2005; Celje, Slovenia, 2002; Kirchdorf Switzerland,
In the last ten years the Choir has been performing regulary at the
Meetings and competitions of the amateurs of Zagreb as well as different
festivals: Festival of spiritual music ⯠patriaplit, Na?kanat
je lip in Pore? Mateti楶i dani in Rijeka and Stepin襶e note in Koprivnica.
In that period, the Choir have had over four hundred performances during
the celebration of the Holy Masses and more than twenty concerts in
its own parish.
The repertoire of the Choir consists of more than one hundred and fifty
spiritual and secular songs along with about ten Masses with equal representation
of all musical epoches from the Renaissance till nowdays.
All members of the Choir hold very special and dear memory
from participating along with other church choirs of the Zagreb archbishopric
at the great Eucharist celebration in Marija Bistrica during the visit
of Holy Father John Paul II. in 1998.
In 2003. the Choir recorded its first independent compact
... The title 쬥luia?(comp. B. Starc op.)
deserved an applause through textual simbolism and modern interpretation
while still choral, full of composer's invention, reversals, rhythm
and wide harmonic spectrum performed by the Mixed Choir of St. Barbara,
ᮩs Angelicus?from Zagreb..
Igor BreSlobodna Dalmacija, 9th of December 2003., 8th Days of
Spiritual Music, Cro Patria, Split
... concert evening spiced with excellant first
performance of the choir Panis Angelicus..
SinjeMatej詿 Novi List, 5th of June 2004., Festival Ύanat
je lip? Pore?/p>
... Choir Panis Angelicus is beautiful, young
singers are brilliantly prepared..
Marianna Jelicich Bui? La voce del populo, 8th of November 2004., Istra
... Panis Angelicus from Zagreb which cought
the attention and refreshed a dominanting gloomy tone with vivacity
on the scene ..
Tatjana Alajbeg, Slobodna Dalmacija, 29th of November 2005., 10th Days
of Spiritual Music, Cro Patria, Split
Beside success achieved through dedication to the music,
Mixed Choir of St. Barbara, ᮩs Angelicus?also takes pride in gathering
of many young people who have been its members through the years and
remain so. More than 180 singers that are noted in the Choir's records,
have shared a part of their lives with others through song and association.
Some of them for the longer and some for the shorter period of time.
Through the years of singing and associating a lot of friendships have
been made as well as many relationships, seven of which ended up with
marriage. We hope that the friuts of those marriages, ten little Panis
children (for now), will become members of the Choir one day.
Beside the countless rehearsals and many performances,
it is impossible to forget all those ﮭobligatory?gatherings which
reinforced our friendships and made us become more than just a handfull
of people who love music ?they made us become ᮩs?
We express our gratitude to all the singers who are not
with us any more but they wove a pieces of themselves into the Choir.
(1972.). Has been engaged in music since the primary
school where he was a member of the school orchestra. He was
first introduced to and fell in love with vocal music as a member
of the Mixed Chatedral Choir in Zagreb. He finished the Faculty
of Geodesy. Since 1994. he has been acting as a conductor of
the Mixed Choir of St. Barbara ᮩs Angelicus?from Zagreb.
He has been improving his knowledge with various conductors
and is presently a student of the Vocal Academy (founder and
mentor B. Starc.). He is also acts as a guest conductor in other