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Initiation to Popular Sacred Polyphony from the Serra Valley, Corsica


Workshop with Jean-Charles Adami and members of Cunfraterna di a Serra, Corsica


Thu–Fri 14–15 April 2016, 10:00–13:00

Laboratory Theatre Space

The workshop will be conducted in French and English

Contact and application
Please email your completed application form by 3 April 2016 to Ewelina Sochacka at Please include in the subject of the email ‘VoicEncounters workshops’ followed by the name of the chosen workshop. We will get back to you by 5 April 2016. The number of places is limited.

Fee: 40 EUR


In this workshop, participants will be introduced to polyphonic singing from the Serra Valley, Corsica, with its characteristic ornamentation and expression. The chants, performed in Latin by three voices: secunda (the leading voice), bassu (the supporting bass voice) and terza (the ornamenting top voice), are an important part of the life of the community and are sung at major religious events (including Easter), funerals and celebrations in honour of the local saint.



Cunfraterna di a Serra is a Christian community composed of lay members from the Serra Valley in Eastern Corsica. The confraternity has both a religious and social dimension – it is present at the most important moments in the lives of the valley’s inhabitants, works for the benefit of the local community, supports the vulnerable and the lonely.

The confraternity, which brings together all generations and villages, was founded in 1992. This brought a revival of a centuries-old tradition even though the population of the valley is being drained by emigration. The confraternity cultivates and protects the material and immaterial patrimony of the community – its polyphonic singing tradition comprising both sacred and folk songs. The group recorded an album called Laude.


Like a tree that grows from bottom to top, our community is rooted in rural humanism based on the understanding of nature and human nature, but grows heavenwards, towards the Eternal light.

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