At the moment (November 2017), we are 29 members; 16 men and 13 women, but not all of us are currently active in singing. Our conductor is Antxon Errarte, and Angel Astondoa replaces him every time he is absent. Bittor Mendialdua is our organist.
One of our most typical activities takes place in summer, when our choir performs in many of the neighbourhoods of our valley, when the festivities come; it is a great tradition that we still maintain. We move from Mariseka and San Cristobal hermitages to Andramari from Ibabe, where there is a Brotherhood with the same name. As you can see in the photos, these places are absolutely beautiful and no visitor will be disappointed.
In winter, our choir participates in numerous interesting events, such as Santa Ageda Choirs, and accompanies Olentzero (Basque Christmas tradition character). You will also find photos of these events at the Gallery.
More and more, we offer our music for social events, celebrations in retirement homes, day centres or tribute celebrations, such as the one that Aramaio Council recently organised to honour Mr. Julian Unzueta. Moreover, our choir has occasionally performed in Shopping Centres for Christmas time.
Of course we continue being part of the Choirs Federation in Alava and we participate in its ARABA KANTAN programme. Our last concert within that programme took place in Zurbano.
And besides, among rehearsals, celebrations and funerals, we also find another protagonist, and a dear witness: the old and romantic organ of the Aramaio church, our loyal companion, restored and rejuvenated, which still keeps opening its registers and still sounds beautifully, the same as did in Father Goikoetxea’s days, more than 100 years ago. You can see a piece of the opening concert in 2001, after its restoration, performed by Mr. José Enrique Ayarra, a worldwide recognised organist.
We hope that it will keep on sounding like that and accompanying the choir for another 100 years!
Special thanks from the Choir Board to all who have participated in this web page and contributed to it. We will need them to take care of the web site, so we hope we can keep on counting on all of them. Thank you all.