Lancaster maestro forced to quit 1,800 mile Italian job

Marco Fanti.
Marco Fanti.
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The conductor of a Lancaster choir will embark on a 1,800 mile round trip from Italy for the last time this weekend.

Marco Fanti, who lives in Bologna, has been forced to quit his post as head of the Lancaster Singers due to ill-health.

Marco regularly makes the 900-mile journey to Lancashire from his home in Bologna and also conducted the Preston Cecilian Choral Society until recently.

He made the cross-continent trips because the classical music scene in Lancashire was better than in his home town.

But sadly the Italian, who has also conducted the Romanian State Orchestra and is professor of music at the University of Bologna, has been forced to step down from the Singers after five years as musical director.

His final concert is a momentous one, as the Lancaster Singers will team up with the city’s Haffner Orchestra for the first time.

Over 100 singers and players will be on the stage at Lancaster University’s Great Hall for a programme commemorating the start of World War I with music by Haydn and Brahms. The concert starts at 7.30 pm on Saturday and there is a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm. Buy tickets online at or ring 01524 582394. Prices are: adults £13.50, concessions £12.50, ages 18 and under go free.