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MARCH 5, 2022 

 

Meet Don Giulio Neroni

Don Giulio is 87 and a powerhouse producer of sacred music. In the 1990s, he produced 30 albums of unpublished or unrecorded music by Verdi, Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti and Scarlatti. Hugely respected, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of sacred music, he is one of our mentors and guides.  Don Giulio gave one of the women decision makers in the Vatican media office her job.

He has found us music from Scarlatti, Bellini and some of the earliest Christian chants that St Paul wrote down as well as some of the world's oldest chants from the Catacombs.

MARCH 6, 2022

CHIESETTA DI SANT'ADAMO

 

Vanessa's father bought this 11th century church for her mother's 70th birthday. And bequeathed it back to the Italian state. It was a complete ruin with bushes growing in the middle of it and no roof.  The whole village came out to help restore it, donating chairs and various bits and pieces.  

The European Union, the Belle Arti and various other cultural entities have helped restore the church, uncovering stunning frescoes, providing a fully functioning church for the village.

Through this connection, Vanessa has met some important cultural figures in both church and Arts.

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/rieti/rieti_bolton_cantalupo_bolton-5811527.html

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MARCH 7, 2022

 

ARCHIVIO DI SAN GIOVANNI IN LATERANO

 

Meet Dom Marco Frisina (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Frisina) and Dott Domenico Rocciolo, eminent academic and archivist of St John Lateran Basilica and also of Santa Cecilia .

Dom Marco explained the project, said he would be appearing in the show and enlisted Dr Rocciolo's help, who unequivocally gave his support and also introduced us to some other eminent researchers.  He also allowed us to peek into the archives, which, belonging to the Vatican State needs Papal Sanction - an honour not even afforded Prince Charles and Camilla.

 

 

Pictured: Wally Wilson, Marco Frisina, Vanessa Bolton

 

 

MEET PROF. JANOSZ HERZOG AND PROF. CECILIA CAMPA

 

We met these two eminent musicologists in their home. We were keen to hear about unpublished music in the Vatican archives; Herzog confirmed there were 2000 unrecorded Ave Maria's in the Vatican archives alone and Cecilia Campa  told us about female composers.

 

(http://www.aracneeditrice.it/aracneweb/index.php/autori.html?auth-id=82112)

 

We have their full support for this project.
 

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MARCH 8, 2022

 

NAPOLI

 

At the Conservatorio di Napoli we met Dinko Fabris, (https://www.ae-info.org/ae/Member/Fabris_Dinko) Naples' most eminent musicologist and ex Head of the World Federation of Musicologists, current musicologist and maestro at Teatro San Carlo, the oldest surviving continuous theatre in the world.

 

He introduced us to Antonio  Florio, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Florio) expert in baroque music and ancient instruments who has unearthed numerous unpublished manuscripts.

We met the wonderful Dott.ssa Tiziana Grande (http://www.iamlitalia.it/associazione/elezioni_2018/2018_GrandeT.pdf)  who showed us round the Conservatorio - Farinelli and Scarlatti's homework, early Bellini manuscripts and work by Isabella Cobran and Maria Malibran.She took us into their ancient instrument section where the only harp ever made by Stradivarius is kept. (pictured)

 

We also met the head of the Girolamini Church, which has been sealed for 41 years and houses an un-indexed catalogue of music. 

We introduced ourselves to the main researchers and the lady who issues film permits

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ROME

We rushed back from Naples to meet Prof Giancarlo Rostirolla - a sacred music titan and legend. He spend thirty years archiving the Cappella Giulia and the Sistine Chapel archives.  (https://www.baerenreiter.com/en/shop/product/details/BVK2137/)

This living legend was so incredibly generous, gifting us books and various tomes to help us.  He gave his full support and advised us on how to pitch to various entities within the Vatican

 

MARCH 8, 2022

SUBIACO

We had come to meet Don Mariano who is the  living encyclopaedia of Latin hieroglyphics used since 300AD to annotate vellum hymn sheets

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We happened to attend a celebration they only do every 50 years during Lent.

We joined a procession of all the local curia.  We were told the last English visitor to witness this mass was Queen Elizabeth II!

Subiaco is spectacular  - a jaw-dropping, beautiful Byzantine location; a cinematographer's dream.  It also happens to be where Don Giulio joined the priesthood in 1949

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MARCH 9, 2022

SCOLAE CANTORUM

Here we met Dom Marcos Pavan, (https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcos_Pavan) the personal choirmaster to the Pope, who was delightful.  He agreed to help us find music, for us to get his choir to sing us pieces which may be of interest.  He agreed to be interviewed and to have us film him and his choir in the Sistine Chapel. We also agreed to make an album of chants together.

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Scolae Cantorum

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It is not just beautiful music we will discover, but some astonishing art too.

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The rosary where St Benedict would mortify himself when he had impure thoughts

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And of course, Italy has the best food

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