Escolania de Montserrat
Discover one of Europe’s oldest boys’ choirs
One of the oldest liturgical choirs in Europe with international prestige
The Escolania, a boys' choir of sopranos and altos, not only sings at the abbey, but often performs concerts all over the world.
History of the Escolania de Montserrat
According to the abbey’s records the choir dates back to the 14th century when a religious and musical school for boys was founded. In 1474, the boys had the honour of singing for King Ferdinand the Catholic during his visit to Barcelona, and since then they have performed for leading figures the world over and everyone who wants to hear them.
The Escolania choir sings several times a day and performs pieces like "Virolai", a hymn in honour of the Virgin Mary composed by Mossèn Jacint Verdaguer in 1880; Salves and polyphonic motets.
Its choristers, boys aged 7 to 13 who receive full musical training and schooling, perform concerts all around the world and participate in the abbey’s liturgical rites. Hearing them is a privilege and a true pleasure for the ears.
Consult the performance times on the Escolania de Montserrat website.