The Company of Private Men AMICI CANTIONIS ANTIQUAE

was founded in January 1992 as a vocal quartet (Halina Pribula, Beata Brzóska, Leszek Kalina - the artistic director and founder, Lech Gattnar) and as a art-independent ensemble of the Polish singers` union Collegium Canticorum. Its goal was to commemorate the forgotten work of Jiűí Tűanovskę (1592-1637). After giving out the record for the Tìšín Museum, the Radio Ostrava and after several concerts the singers have decided to continue their existence in the field of the Renaissance a`capella choral music. They also attached some new members (Kateűina Kafková, Aleksandra Sładeczek, Grażyna Sucha, Roman Najder, Radek Duda).

They had a little break from June 1998 to November 2002. Concurrent reactivation connected with Polish art union ARS MUSICA changed the vocal background from the mixed to male choir with countertenor voices.

Current members:

Leszek KALINA countertenor or tenor
Witosław SZWARC countertenor or tenor
Jacek RYBICKI countertenor or tenor
Marian JEŻOWICZ tenor
Marek WOJNAR baritone
Marian OWCZARZY baritone
Witold BIERNAT bass
Jan PIETER bass
Adam BIELESZ bass

The "Company" has already given some concerts for the Polish and Czech TV and for the local radio-station in Ostrava. It is a member of the Choral and Musical Organization in the region Zaolzie, the Polish Union of Choirs and Orchestras in Warsaw and the Union of Czech Choirs in Prague.

Ex-members of male choir ACA:

Henryk SZYMECZEK; Matúš KUŠNÍR; Radek ŒMIŁOWSKI; Ryszard WANIA; Roman KASZPER; Witold RYBICKI