Ganbara txiki abesbatza
Ganbara txikitxo abesbatza
Ganbara Txiki was created in October 2004, due to the lack of enfant choirs in the town. They have made some important performances such as the representation of various musical stories and the recording of their first Cd called Munduari Begiratzeko. This young group has travelled all around the Basque Country and Spain, giving different concerts. In the year 2010, they won the first prize in the XVI Certamen Juvenil de Habaneras de Torrevieja, they got the second position in the Certamen Antigua Abesbatzak in Zumarraga and they also won three consecutive times the Gold Award in the provincial competition of Christmas Carols in Renteria.
The groups "Ganbara Txikitxoak" (Ganbara kids) and Workshops (Workshop I, Workshop II and Workshop III) are formed by 90 children from 3 to 11 years old.
These groups were formed in 2006 with the aim of promoting the love of singing among children from Oñati, and ever since, they have been growing little by little. The groups of Workshops are formed by children from 3 to 6 years and they perform activities mainly in Oñati and the surrounding towns.
Ganbara Txikitxoak Abesbatza (Ganbara kids choir) is composed by children between the ages of 7 and 11. This group has offered several concerts over the last years in Oñati and nearby towns in the Basque Country, such us, Usurbil, Andoain, Bergara, Gasteiz. In the last years, the group began to participate in larger projects: in 2010, they performed the Musical "Toymaker" together with Orfeoi Txiki from Bergara and in the coming months they will perform the musical "Meteorologist bird".
In the workshops and Ganbara Txikitxoak groups, besides unifying singing and dancing, the members receive music training classes. With these classes, children receive basic knowledge of music throught different dynamics in which rhythm and sol-fa is worked.
Aitor Biain and Miren Gurutze Plazaola are the conductors of Ganbara Txikitxoak and Workshops respectively. They are also responsible for Music training classes.
Hots Abesbatza (Hots Choir), is a choral group created from the bases of Oñatiko Ganbara Abesbatza (Chamber Choir of Oñati). It was created by choral conductor Aitor Biain Bidarte in september 2016, and with the participation of women from Oñati and nearby towns, there are more than 30 members in the group.
In its short history, it was premiered in December 2016 at the concert offered in San Miguel Parish Church (Oñati), on the occasion of the Christmas concert, performing 4 pieces. In the coming months, it will offer more concerts, to get to know and to continue enjoying with music.
In its repertoire, Hots Abesbatza, offers both a cappella and piano accompanied pieces, from classical to contemporary music, as well as Basque folklore and other countries music.
The project “Ikastetxeak kantari” (educational centers singing) was created in 2013 and premiered the first concert on 22nd January 2014. This initiative was promoted by Ganbara Txiki Abesbatza and it launched during 2012-2013 academic year together with the three educational centres in Oñati: Txantxiku Ikastola, Elkar Hezi Ikastetxea and Urgain Ikastetxea. The aim of this project is either to create choral groups that are non-existent at the educational centres, or to promote and strengthen the existing ones, as well as boosting the choral music among children from 6-7 years of age.
This project is integrated in “Ganbara Kantu Eskola” (Ganbara Singing School), and even though last academic course Josu Zubia and Miren Gurutze Plazaola were working together with the kids, Miren Gurutze is conducting the initiative this academic course 2016-2017.
Every year the three groups offer a common concert, and in addition, each group has already fixed some annual performances, such as, Open days, educational centre day, Christmas concert, etc.
The most significant concert that the groups have participated was the musical “ARRATOIAK” (rats) in 2016, based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin. This course 2016-2017 they are working on the project “Kontzertu ibiltariak, ERMITAZ ERMITA” (itinerant concerts, from hermitage to hermitage).