Foggia, two classes at the European Children’s Song Festival

Everything is ready for the 16th European Children’s Song Festival, the last moment of the ‘un testo per noi’ competition, organized by the Association of Choral Pillars in Trento and aimed at all primary classes in Italy and in the world (provided the studies are Italian), in this latest edition reduced to the national dimension due to the pandemic: it takes place next Saturday the 21st (20.30) and Sunday 22 May (15.00) in the Paladolomiti di Pinzolo, a few kilometers from Madonna di Campiglio, in the upper Val Rendena (Trento), in collaboration with pro loco in Pinzolo, Pinzolo municipality and the Piazza Viva association.

The two shows will be presented by Lorenzo Branchetti, known by the little ones as the elf Milo Cotogno, the protagonist of the historical Rai program ‘Melevisione’. The event will see the involvement of 6 schools, and among these will also be Iv A and Iv B from the ‘Marcelline’ primary school in Foggia, authors of ‘ukubull’, set to music by Lodovico Saccol.

The announcement of ‘a text for us’, in which the Foggia classes participated, encouraged the children to create and compose, with the guidance of their teacher, the words of a song: The six compositions selected by the jury were made by classes from all over Italy , set to music by great artists from the national music scene and finally, after being collected in the CD ‘let a smile be born’, it will be sung at the festival by the small column choir consisting of about thirty children between 6 and 14 years. During the two days, the classes, who have prepared appropriate costumes, will also be tasked with animating their own song.

The children’s songs deal with several topics that reflect situations and emotions that are part of their world and their age, from kindness to bullying; wants to find a common denominator among the winning lyrics, it is undoubtedly the desire to find sociality after two years of pandemic: In each song, the group and the relationship with others are at the center, and to the words there are cheerful rhythms and colorful atmospheres that transfer energy and positivity.

The words of the young students have been translated into music by artists from the national music scene: singer Al Bano, trombonist Sandro Comini, singer-songwriter Franco Fasano, arranger, composer and conductor Maestro Alterisio Paoletti, lyricist and composer Ludovico Saccol and the artistic director of the Piccole Colonne Choir and the Adalberta Brunelli Festival.

It is a story of bullying that tells the song ‘ukubull’, composed of classes IV A and IV B in the primary school ‘Marcelline’ in Foggia led by teacher Paolo Monaco: the harmony that prevails in the community of musical instruments is threatened by the arrival of The ukulele, which proves to be overbearing and vicious; but the tools make a common front, and after isolating the bully, they forgive him. The music is written by Lodovico Saccol, a very experienced lyricist and composer who has always shown great attention to the world of the school.

The festival shares the same purpose of the competition, namely to involve primary school students in a project (the text of a song) to be performed in a group under the guidance of their teacher, to bring children closer to music in a creative way to create new songs for children , which is an effective means of permanent communication, promoting the European dimension by creating opportunities for intercultural dialogue between those who will become citizens of tomorrow and contributing to the spread of the Italian language (by regulation, texts written abroad must contain at least one part in Italian).

The European Children’s Song Festival is a unique show in the world, where the main character is only the child through three different forms of expression: creativity (the lyrics to the songs are ‘invented by children’ and the result of the school working group), vocality (the songs are sung by the choir children in small columns). bodily expression (the winning classes also have the task of ‘animating’ their song with theme costumes).

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