Canticorum is a chamber
choir based in São Brás de Alportel made up of
the finest voices from the large choir Amigos do
Museu. Being an international group, Canticorum
sings in a wide range of languages, and the size
of the choir can be adjusted to fit the event –
anything from a quartet to the full group. The
choir has a standing repertoire of songs from
Medieval and Baroque to Romantic and
Contemporary, but other songs can be provided
for special occasions, given sufficient
Canticorum are trained and conducted by
Francisco Brazão, one of the leading professional
singers and musicians in the Algarve.
Most of the songs and hymns are performed
unaccompanied, but the group includes musicians
able to provide piano, organ, flute, recorder,
psaltery and percussion accompaniment.
In 2013 Walter decided
to step down from both choirs and the baton was
taken up by Francisco
Brazão, a man who combines extensive
qualifications in music teaching and voice
training with great musicality. Francisco
not only has the musical knowledge of how a
piece of music should be sung, but also knows
how to get the best out of any voice.
is a chamber choir of 16 voices that has its
roots in the Coro dos
Amigos belonging to the Amigos do Museu
- founded by the splendid Walter Sulzer, whose
life has always been carried along on a wave of
music. The first meeting was of five people, but
the choir quickly grew until nearly forty people
were singing Walter’s favourite Baroque music.
Walter then chose some of the better
singers to form Canticorum.
Having quite a few members who are trained
musicians and others who have been used all
their lives to singing in choirs and also solo -
brings a professional attitude to its rehearsal
sessions. Most of the group have some ability to
sight-read a musical score, so a new song can be
learned quite quickly and they are able to spend
most of the rehearsal time in working on
interpretation and performance.
Canticorum is a chamber choir capable of singing
a wide range of fine, polyphonic music with
spirit and delicacy, and who derive great
pleasure from providing the musical element at
weddings and other special ceremonies.