Xosé Lois Foxo Rivas

Category: Musician
Birth Date: 12th October 1950
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He studied Humanities, Philosophy and Theology at the Seminary in Lugo, taking a degree in Theology in 1975. In the Seminary, he took part in the Schola Cantorum as a piper and soloist clarinettist. In 1975, he moved to Barcelona, where he took a degree in Germanic Philology as well as Translation and Interpreting at the Autonomous University in Barcelona. Then, he came to Ourense, where he founded the School of Pipes, dependent on the County Council of Ourense, and the Royal Band.

 Work & Activities


Anuarios da gaita (up to now there are 24 volumes).

Os segredos da gaita (6th edition).

Música do Caurel (three volumes).

Cantares da Terra das Frieiras.

Cantares da Tía Antonia de Atás.

Cantares da Cega do Covelo.

Libro-son dos concertos da Real Banda a Juan Pablo II.

Cancioneiro das Terras do Riós.

He also made twentyfour records with the Royal Band of Pipes of Ourense (CD/DVD) and wrote 150 music works from Galicia.

At the head of the Royal Band, he got the title 'royal', prizes in Glasgow in 1990 and 1993 as well as the trophy of New York City to the best band on St Patrick's day (2000).

 Other Interesting Aspects

He got several decorations and medals such as the gold medal of the Vatican, the silver medal, awarded by the Galician Government, the gold key of Newark city and so forth. He founded the 'Toxos e Xestas' School of Pipes in Barcelona, the School of Pipes in Ourense and the Galician Federation of Pipe Bands. He conducts the Royal Band of Pipes in Ourense.