Monday 5th December 2022 · Mike Smith
Source: CAM Xàbia
Last week, the president of the Generalitat Valencian, Ximo Puig, received the winners of the PREMIS EUTERPE 2022 at the headquarters of the regional government in Valencia. These awards are presented annually by the Federation of Musical Societies in the Comunidad Valenciana (FSMCV) to recognise the collective effort of those committed to maintaining, promoting and developing the musical culture of the Valencian region.
This year, the award for federal participation was handed to the Centre d’Artistic Musical de Xàbia (CAM Xàbia) and the president was joined by the president of the FSMCV Daniela González, to present the award to the president of CAM Xàbia, Joan Antonio Sapena Codina. The regional president for the Marina Alta, Manuel Berenguer, and the mayor of Xàbia, José Chulvi, were also present to see this prestigious award ceremony.
The musicians of CAM Xàbia, a group of talented musicians of all ages, were also responsible for opening and closing the awards ceremony, performing several pasadobles, leading with the compositions of xabiero Salvador Salvà, including ‘Pepe Pons’, ‘Tío Ramón’, ‘Quelo’ and, of course, the very special ‘Xàbia’.
CAM Xàbia President Joan Antonio Sapena said that the award is the recognition of a long career, trying year after year to participate in everything that the FSMCV offers and makes available to the musical association and congratulated all the musicians, members and families that make up the great group that is the Centre d’Artistic Musical de Xàbia.
CAM Xàbia offers the best option for music for the social, festive and cultural life in Xàbia and the surrounding towns and not only does it serve as a educational centre, it also helps to spread musical and social cohesion across the ages. Thus, the award is a well-deserved recognition for all the magnificent work carried out on a daily basis by the board of directors which would not have been possible without the dedication, responsibility and sense of duty of the musicians of CAM Xàbia. Further proof of the growth and development of local musicians is their participation in the regional youth symphony orchestras and the Federal Orchestra, a source of pride for the association.
The president highlighted the fact the “we are a land of musicians and a clear example of companionships, respect and continuity, of responsibility and, above all, of coexistence, a clear reflection of the word ‘friendship’ which different people with different ideas working together every day for our passion – music”.
He also gave a special mention to Manolo Berenguer, his predecessor who has recently carried out important work at the head of the regional board of the Marina Alta and is now also part of the federation’s board of directors.
He concluded by saying that “we are a guild to care for, encourage and contribute to make it bigger because we believed in what we do and because we never lack music. This award and recognition belongs to all the musician who are with us every day and therefore I only have thanks to all those people who have made it possible that today CAM Xàbia is recognised for its federal participation in addition to its social, festive and cultural work”.