Over the years Conxita takes part in all the important cultural events in the whole country, like the concerts in the ‘Jardí dels Tarongers’ in Pedralbes (Barcelona).

Some of the memorable moments are the first performance in 1956 of Doce canciones españolas composed by Joaquín Rodrigo who also accompanies her on the piano, and the hommage to Enric Granados in 1966 in the luxury Hotel Manila, which venue then becomes the cultural reference of the Catalan capital. Other famous pianists are also eager to play during her concerts, such as her great friend Alícia de Larrocha.

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Conxita Badia and Alícia de Larrocha

Now and then Conxita travels to Prada de Conflent (France) to meet with her friend and maestro Pau Casals who lives there in exile and would never return to Catalonia. Their first meeting is very emotional. During Franco’s dictatorship it was virtually impossible to travel abroad. Then one day in 1950 Conxita succeeds in obtaining an authorization for one day to visit the man with whom she had been corresponding assiduously.

When she arrives at his house, the head servant tells her that unfortunately Casals is resting and cannot receive her. Then she starts to sing El cant dels ocells, the song that he had made famous outside Catalonia playing it on his cello. After 1939, the end of the Spanish Civil War, he used to begin each concert with this song that has become a symbol of the region. When Casals hears her voice, he shouts from upstairs ‘Conxita, Conxita!‘ and she is admitted after all.

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Emotional reunion with Pau Casals in Prada del Conflent after exile, 1950

Conxita Badia keeps performing for many years; even at the age of seventy her voice and art continue to enchant composers, critics and public alike. For this she receives a great number of honours and decorations awarded by Catalonian as well as Spanish institutions.

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