The Guardia di Finanza
New rehearsal and recital auditorium
The Guardia di Finanza is the Italian law enforcement agency responsible for dealing with financial crime and smuggling. It is under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance and is part of the Italian armed forces. This force maintains over 68,000 officers, 600 boats and ships and more than 100 aircraft. Its motto Nec recisa recedit (No retreat even if broken) shows the determination the force maintains against all modern criminals. Every army needs a band and the Guardia is no exception. The Banda Musicale della Guardia di Finanza was officially founded in 1926. It brought together the different instrumental bands that had existed since 1883 and currently it has 102 musicians. The band has performed at the most prestigious Italian musical institutions such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and La Scala of Milan, as well as with important international symphony orchestras.
This outstanding band needs an exceptional home and a place to rehearse. So in keeping with its high standards, it employed a renowned architect to design and build a new base in Rome. The building had to be large enough to accommodate the full band through many hours of rigorous rehearsals. But it also had to act as a concert venue. To meet these high expectations the maestro approached Francesco Pellisari as the acoustic engineer. We believe that this is the first time an Italian has been responsible for an Italian building’s acoustics since Leonardo da Vinci. An auspicious act to have to follow!
Although Francesco has a vast knowledge of acoustics he also visited leading European concert halls to improve his understanding of the requirements for a modern orchestra. With this knowledge and working closely with his architect partner, Laura Montanini, he created a number of possible design solutions.
Using the latest technology to create computer-enhanced graphics of the designs, he was able to thoroughly test the models before arriving at a suitable three-dimensional plan. Finally a large scale, working model of the auditorium was built in the NACSound studio. With his collaborator in Cambridge Mr Raf Orlowski he systematically tested the acoustics of this model before perfecting the final design. Following this he made a full size version of 10m2 of the ceiling, which was sent to the Istituto Giordano for testing and certification.
Following many meetings with the Maestro the design was agreed and building commenced. The first use of the auditorium is planned for May 2014 and is much anticipated.