Spagna – Lleida, Catalogna
The group is a Fanfare orchestra. Founded in 1996 under the direction of Mr. Amadeu Urrea Pérez, who still conducts the band, it has 50+ musicians. The band plays mainly symphonic music, though its repertoire also includes film, traditional and fanfare favourites.
Thanks to the full support from Lleida City Council, the band has strived to contribute to the musical education of its members and the diffusion of music since its founding. Our band has achieved a great cultural prestige due to the presence of guest conductors, premieres of works by local composers, a stable season of concerts in l’Auditori (Lleida Concert Hall) and a growing international presence.
The Band has recorded two CDs, the first one being Música i músics de Lleida (recorded at Auditori Enric Granados in Lleida) which summarises the intense activity of our band and the project for recovering lost scores for band and the projection of young soloists. In 2007 the band recorded Fem 10 anys to celebrate our 10th anniversary.
Throughout the years the band has started coproductions with several organisations in Lleida, such as dance schools, choirs cultural organisations as well as charities. We have also cooperated with other bands in our surroundings (Monzon, Amposta, Fraga, and the French Foix and L’Union) as well as take part in important festivals and contests at home and abroad.
The band has been a host in the International Music Festival in Matadepera (Spain), International “Certamen de Bandas” in Valencia (the biggest band festival in Spain) and in several exchanges in France, Germany and Portugal. (Vilanova de Gaia, Foix, etc.)
In 2007, the band took part in the 10th edition of MidEurope Festival in Schladming (Austria), one of the biggest fanfare festivals in Europe. The following year the band was both a guest at the 1st Band Festival in Foix (France) and in the Jüngfrau Music Festival in Interlaken (Switzerland) where we were awarded a 3rd place overall. In 2009, we were selected to perform at the WMC (World Music Contest) in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. 2010 and 2011 say the band perform in the 13th Young Band Festival in Echedoro-Sindos (Thessaloniki, Greece) and the International Band Festival in Kos (Greece). In 2012 we were selected to take part in the International Festival of Florence – Firenze (Italy) performing in Firenze, Montecatini Terme and San Giminiano. Finally, in 2013 summer, we took part in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (Scottland).