Francesc Valldecabresand Mireia Andreu

ParticipatoryRamon Llull, visions de Randa. Felip Pedrell world premiereChoir, orchestra, performing and stage arts


24 to 27 July



As part of Proto-fest 2023, professor Francesc Valldecabres will direct a participatory choral concert with choir and orchestra, in which the poetic musical work ‘Ramon Llull, visions de Randa’ by the composer fron Tortosa Felip Pedrell will be interpreted. To prepare the work —which will be a world premiere— a ‘masterclass’ aimed at professional and ‘amateur’ choirs and also at individual singers has been scheduled. To participate, experience in choirs and/or singing training will be valued.

During the months of June and July, two preliminary rehearsals will be held. On July 2 with Francesc Valldecabres, and on June 10 with the singer Cecília Aymí (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Sala Arts de Tortosa). From July 24 to 27, during the days of the festival, the singers will join the orchestra to work on the staging with stage manager Mireia Andreu. The final concert is scheduled for Thursday, July 27 at 8:30 p.m. in the Sala Gran del Teatre Auditori Felip Pedrell in Tortosa.


Francesc studied at the Valencia Music Conservatory, graduating in Orchestra Conducting (M. Galduf, Outstanding Award), Choral Conducting (E. Cifre, Honourable Mention), Improvisation-Accompaniment (E. Montesinos, Honourable Mention) and Harpsichord (R. Madrid). Afterwards he studied master’s degrees in Aesthetics and Creativity of Music at the University of Valencia, Musicology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Choral Conducting at Rotterdam Conservatory. He obtained a Diploma in Advanced Studies from Aveiro University and has studied further with M. Noone, S. Mas, J. L. Martínez, L. Tao, D. Ham, C. García-Bernalt, N. Peres da Costa, M. Pérès, E. Molina and R. Belda. Francesc has been chosen to give conducting masterclasses by F. Brüggen, with the Orchestra of the 18th Century; and A. van Beek, with the Auvergne Orchestra, organized by De Doelen in Rotterdam. He has collaborated as a co-repeater, continuo player or pianist with the Laurens Collegium in Rotterdam, Turiae Camerata, Laurenscantorij Rotterdam, Ensemble Cabanilles, Codarts Chamber Choir, Ars Musicae Mallorca, La Escaramuza, Orquestra Ciutat de Torrent and the Capella Saetabis. He has also worked as an assistant conductor with the latter and recorded Les Consolations by J. J. Rousseau. He is currently the director of the Música Trobada group and the Orfeó Universitari of València.

Francesc has also worked as a conductor with the Junges Sinfonieorchester orchestra in Hannover, Symphonia Orbitalis, Spanish Brass, the Amores Percussion Group, Perku-Va, Lux Venti, the Països Catalans Choir, the Almodí Chamber Choir, Orquestra Barroca, the Chamber Opera Seminary of the Higher Conservatory of Music in Valencia and the Castello Higher Conservatory of Music, Petits Cantors from Valencia, and the Vilnius University Choir among others. He has worked with soloists like C. Mena, P. Moral, M. Rodríguez-Cusí, F. Oliver, M. L. Corvacho, Ll. Sintes, A. Montserrat, J. Pizarro, and M. del Mar Bonet, etc. He has also prepared choral parts for conductors such as M. Galduf, C. Soler, Á. Albiach, F. Valero-Terribas and R. Tebar, and has worked as the musical director for stage productions with Maria Rovira (Crea Dance Company), J. P. Mendiola, A. Herrero, A. Urieta, I. Luis, etc. His repertoire is varied and ranges from the Ensaladas de Fletxa, and the Requiem and Tenebrae Responsories by Victoria to the Pierrot Lunaire opera by Schoenberg, Stravinsky’s Mass and 

The Wedding, and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. He also performs some of the most significant choral pieces such as: Verdi, Mozart and Fauré’s Requiems; Stabat Mater by Dvořák; Dido and Aeneas by Purcell; Messiah and Utrecht Te Deum by Handel; Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini; Saint Nicolas by Britten; Kodály’s Missa In Tempore Belli; El Pessebre by Casals; Chichester Psalms and Missa Brevis by Bernstein; and monographic programmes dedicated to Monteverdi, Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Schubert, etc. Francesc has also premiered works by F. Coll, F. Carbonell, I. Latorre, R. Pastor and J. V. Fuentes.

He has conducted performances at the Organ Music Cycle at the Palau de la Música concert hall in Valencia, the Valencia Philharmonic Society, the Ensems Festival of Contemporary Music, the International Festival of Early Music in Peniscola, the Liceu Theatre Foyer concert hall in Barcelona, the Notas del Ambigú music cycle at the Zarzuela Theatre in Madrid, the Early Music Festival in the Pyrenees, the Vélez Blanco Baroque Music Festival, Religious Music Week in Requena, the Serenates Festival, MusAS, Chamber Music Week in Montserrat, and the International Music Week in Morella. He has also conducted concerts in France, Portugal, Holland, Italy, Germany, Romania, Norway and around Spain. As a conductor or continuo player he has recorded about fifteen records with pieces of music representing the musical heritage of Valencia for music publishers like La Mà de Guido, Ars Harmonica, DBC and SEdeM. He won the Local Studies Award organized by Aldaia council for his research into Pasqual Fuentes Alcàsser -1721-1768-. Alongside Música Trobada he was nominated for the Carles Santos Awards in Valencia in 2018. Regarding teaching, he has formed part of a musical direction team for interdisciplinary didactic recordings and performances. During the 2010-2011 course he worked as a choral teacher at Rotterdam Conservatory. He forms part of the public body of Music and Performing Arts teachers in Valencia and is currently a music teacher at the Catarroja Music Conservatory.

Mireia studied Performing Arts and Stage Direction at the Barcelona Theatre Institute. In 2001 she joined the Carnicería Theatre founded by Rodrigo García where she worked as a direction and production assistant for various plays touring theatres and festivals around Europe.

In 2004 they won the UBU Award for best contemporary performance and production with “Agamennone: volví del supermercado y le dí una paliza a mi hijo” and the UNESCO Award for Best Contemporary Theatre Reality in 2009. She began her own artistic career in the field of video-creation and experimental cinema in 2005. In 2007 she presented her first creation, a mixture of live experimental performance, and video and audio arts.

Since then, Mireia has created and presented ten artistic performances in different festivals and venues around Catalonia such as the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Lo Pati Centre of Arts in Amposta, the Pensa Festival of Philosophy in Barcelona, and the A Cel Obert Festival in Tortosa. Her performances and artistic interventions have their roots in creative processes based on a variety of different disciplines such as poetry, philosophy, opera, music and dance, all seen from a critical and contemporary viewpoint.

Francesc Valldecabres and Mireia Andreu

ParticipatoryChoir, orchestra, performing and stage arts


Registration form

Masterclass registration: €35. The classes prepare you for the participatory concert. (full registration)Audit students or listeners: €15 (morning or afternoon session) and €20 (full day)


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    Fill in and send off this form before the recommended deadline of 10 May. The organization will then get in touch to confirm your reservation and explain how to pay the fees as well as any other relevant information regarding the organization of the masterclasses.
    Once you have paid the fees, the festival organizers will get in touch again to explain, in the case of the Participatory Concert, what material you should work on. Your place on the course will not be definitively confirmed until you have made the payment. Students will be accepted via a selection process based on curriculums.
    Registering for the course allows students to attend all the activities: classes, concerts, students’ concerts, etc. Each teacher will explain to the students, if necessary, the characteristics and contents of the course and any material needed.
    In this year’s festival we will perform music by Felip Pedrell on the stage. During the week of the festival the Choir will work mainly with the stage director Mireia Andreu. For this reason, there will be two rehearsals in June/July for the Choir to rehearse exclusively with F. Valldecabres -2 July, from 10:00 to 14:00, and in the afternoon from 16:00 to 18:00, at the Sala Arts venue in Tortosa- and with Cecília Aymí -10 June, from 10:00 to 14:00 and in the afternoon from 16:00 to 18:00 at the Sala Arts in Tortosa- to prepare the vocal parts.


    Each participant in the Masterclasses will receive a diploma confirming attendance and signed by the relevant teacher.

    Registration fees

    Masterclass Pilar Moral and Rivka Golani: €280 (full registration)
    Masterclass Lorenzo Coppola: €140 (full registration)
    Masterclass Francesc Valldecabres and Masterclass Mireia Andreu (participatory concert): €35 (full registration)
    Audit students or listeners: morning session: €15. Afternoon session: €15. Full day: €20.


    The Festival does not organize accommodation or meals but we can recommend our sponsors:
    The official hotel sponsor of the Festival is Hotel Berenguer IV de Tortosa. All registered students will have a discount there (remember to explain you are participating in the festival) meaning the cost of a single or double room will be €69 per night -18 to 20 July and 23 to 30 July- or €79 on 21 and 22 July. The daily tourism tax is €0.66 per person. Breakfast is available for €9.


    The Festival does not organize accommodation or meals but we can recommend our sponsors:
    The official restaurant sponsors for the festival are: El Forn de la Canonja, l’Estudi, La taverna, Lo Portal de Tamarit and Los Banys. All the festival participants (showing proof of registration) will be given a 10% discount.