San Juan Bautista
The San Juan Bautista Choir (SJB) was founded in the Basque town of Leioa in 1968 by José Ignacio Sarria. Over this journey lasting more than 40 years, SJB has staged a large number of concerts in both Spain and Europe and collaborated with major orchestras and conductors, becoming a yardstick within Spanish choral circles. It has issued several albums and received major prizes both at home and abroad, with these being awarded to its latest incarnation, now under the baton of Basilio Astúlez.
In 2008, SJB was completely rejuvenated and became part of the Municipal Music School in Leioa. It is currently formed by 25 young voices trained in the Leioa Kantika Korala youth choir.
In this new stage, it has held several concerts in the Basque Country and taken part in the symphonic mise-en-scène of "Mozart in Salzburg" with the soprano Naroa Intxausti and the Bizkaia Symphony Orchestra (BIOS).
In the summer of 2008 it took part in the "Setmana Cantant" in Tarragona, and it has already received several invitations to upcoming choral festivals and exchanges both at home and abroad.
In 2009, SJB won first prize and the special audience award at the choral competition held in Ejea de los Caballeros, as well as qualifying directly for the National Grand Prix 2010, held in Zaragoza.
Following its success in Aragon, in November 2009 San Juan Bautista won first prize at the Villa de Avilés choir competition, as well as the Axuntabense award for the best composition from the region of origin.
Having qualified for the Grand Prix, in December 2010 the ensemble competed against Enchiriadis (Zaragoza), made up of female voices, and the Ángel Barja Choir (Leon), coming second behind Enchiriadis.