The Anglican Church of the Ascension, Cadenabbia

 Music at the Church of the Ascension

There is a strong tradition of public concerts throughout the season at our church. The programme is regulalry updated so please check before attending.

We only have records dating back to the 1960s but certainly before the war, when there was a large resident congregation, music would have played an important part in the life of the church.

Between 1969 and 1973 Janet Anderson and Vivenne Pagliai (former organist/choir director, All Saints' Anglican Church, Milan) joined forces to organize a series of organ recitals and choral concerts. Since then each year a programme of concerts have been organised, see the list of the concerts for the current season at the end of this section.

We are very grateful for the interest shown by the Italian-Brazilian conductor Martinho Lutero Galati De Oliveira, Robert Michaels, organist and master of choristers, Lugano Cathedral, as well as Kathryn Armour and Terrence Gauss-Woolen, who have been running voice masterclasses on the lake for many years.

The church works with local musical groups and societies as well as welcoming those from all over the world. In the opinion of Judith Liber, the well-known harpist and teacher the acoustics of the church are much better for music than more famous concert venues. Who can forget the wonderful image of a gilded harp played  against the splendid gold mosaics of the apse!

 Visiting choirs are impressed by the warmth of the church due to a combination of factors such as its stunning beauty, fantastic acoustics and inspirational surroundings of Lake Como,   All this contributes to the success of the annual music season.

A visiting choir from Queensland, Australia

The 2022 Concert Programme


October 2nd, 6pm Cailfornia Redwood Chorale