The concert we normally get for Santa Cecilia is a musical feast in honour of the patron saint. Last night was somewhat different because the Unión Musical de Bigastro used the occasion to present a tribute to Francisco Grau Vegara.
Members of Francisco Grau’s family along with his friends gave us an insight into why he such a popular figure in the town. He is of course the first Musical General in the Spanish army and the Director of the Royal Band.
Among his many achievements, Francisco Grau has composed over 700 pieces of music, some of which the band played last night with gusto.
Finally the General took to the stage and conducted both the Hymmo de Bigastro and the Spanish National Anthem to a warm and rapturous applause.
Last night was a special occasion and gave us useful background into some of the history of the town and why music is held in such importance by the townsfolk.
It was a privilege to share with them their love of both music and the musician.