More than 1000 people attended the choir meeting in Roquetas de Mar, Almeria – squeezing into the amphitheatre. The five choirs were from Roquetas, La Mojonera and Motril.
The choir meeting takes place every year, and this year they were represented by El Coro Rociero Sones de La Gloria, El Coro Rociero Aires de la Algaida, El Coro Rociero Virgen de Fátima from La Mojonera, Aires Rocieros from Motril and el Coro Salinero Virgen del Rosario.
The first choir to perform was El Coro Rociero Sones de La Gloria. This choir began in 2006, meeting in the municipal centre of La Gloria Campillo del Moro in Roquetas de Mar. Under the musical direction of Antonio Fernández Mesas, they performed ‘Carretas de plata’, ‘Hablando de amor’, ‘Somos de ti, Rocío’ and ‘Homenaje al marinero’.
Next up was the second choir from Roquetas – El Coro Rociero Aires de la Algaida – which was launched in 2002. The choir has been managed and directed since its inception by Luis Ojeda Leon, a man whose passion has long been for Andalucian choral music. Popular at parties, weddings, associations for the Elderly and other events, their rousing performances are fun and vibrant. Their sings were ‘Ola de la Amapola’, ‘Lloran los pinos del Coto’, ‘Soy del Sur’ and ‘El amor es un viento’.
Third to perform was the El Coro Rociero Virgen de Fátima from La Mojonera, a member of the “Creando Raíces”. This group of friends provided an outstanding performance which had everyone on their feet. They performed ‘Casi te rozo’, ‘Tu boca’, ‘Popurrí de sevillanas para bailar’ and ‘Popurrí homenaje a George Dann’.
The guest choir of the evening was El Coro Aires Rocieros from Motril who were launched on March 24, 2006. Another group of friends, this choir included 11 members. They sang the rumba ‘Olé, ole’, the Sevillana ‘Popurrí de Corraleras’, la rumba ‘Cruzando el Quema’, and the rumba ‘El Perdón’.
Finally El Coro Virgen del Rosario Salinero from Roquetas de Mar took to the stage. This choir was founded in April 1998, the concept of a spirited group of Roqueteras. Soon the choir grew and evolved to become a tight-knit family. The first performed at Salinero ’98. The regularly perform at the festivities of Santa Ana. They performed ‘Si no están los amigos’, ‘Resistiré’, ‘Habaneras de Cádiz’ and a medley of songs performed over their 17 years of existence.
After the performances, Roquetas de Mar’s Councillor for Culture, Maria Dolores Ortega presented a plaque to each of the choirs and joined them all on stage to sing ‘La Salve Rociera’.