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A successful Christmas Concert by the EDP Foundation Camerata at Santander Cathedral




On this occasion it featured the Reina Sofía Higher Musical School's EDP Foundation Camerata, which played pieces by Händel, Corelli and Mozart along with Paul Goodwin, a renowned English conductor.

The hour-long event organised by the EDP Foundation was an in situ performance once more after a 2020 event on television and Internet only, due to the pandemic. This year careful attention was paid to social distancing and safety, with a maximum capacity at the venue.

It drew in 250 concert-goers, including, among other dignitaries, the mayoress of Santander, Gema Igual; the councillor for Social Dynamisation, Immigration and Development Cooperation, Lorena Gutiérrez; CEO of the Reina Sofía Higher Musical School, Julia Sánchez; CEO of EDP Spain's Distribution arm, Miguel Mateos; and Izaskun Simón, of the EDP Foundation.

The programme featured Concerto in F major, HWV 331, by George F. Händel; Exsultate, jubilate, K 165, by Wolfgang A. Mozart, with Maylin Cruz as soprano; Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 6 nº 8 “Fatto per la notte di Natale”, by Arcangelo Corelli, with the young soloists Diana Poghosyan and Alexis Hatch, violins, and Stanislas Kim, violincello; and K 129, Wolfgang A. Mozart's 17th symphony in G major. The orchestra rounded off the concert with the Spanish version of the carol "Silent Night" [“Noche de Paz”], to which an aroused audience sang along, and applauded loudly at the end.

This concert confirms the EDP Foundation's commitment to Cantabria and to society, by promoting classical music and the training of up-and-coming musicians, giving them a musical education alongside leading maestros thanks to an agreement with the Reina Sofía Higher Musical School, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

As on previous occasions, the EDP Foundation teamed up with the Cocina Económica de Santander organisation to help with the integration of disadvantaged people, thereby demonstrating that inclusion is actually possible. Also, the young trees used in the floral decoration for the event will be replanted in parks around the city, in collaboration with Santander Town Hall. This helps protect the environment by lowering the amounts of carbon dioxide that are released into the atmosphere, and embellishing areas of the city.

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