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Cardiff University

The Palestrina Singers of Cardiff University are a chamber choir who specialise in early music with the added passion for twentieth and twenty-first century repertoire. Originally conceived in September 2009 as a small vocal octet, the Palestrina Singers of Cardiff University quickly expanded into the full chamber choir it is today. The original intention of the choir was to perform choral music of the renaissance; however, the choir repertory has expanded to incorporate a wide range of music spanning from Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina (naturally), to Twentieth Century and contemporary composers such as Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo and Paul Mealor. The choir is based at Cardiff University School of Music, with all present members currently studying in the university. Alongside the Palestrina Singers of Cardiff University, many of its members sing with other distinguished choral ensembles. These include the BBC National Chorus of Wales, Genesis Sixteen, Llandaff Cathedral Choir, Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, Opera’r Ddraig, to name only a few. Since its conception, The Palestrina Singers of Cardiff University have performed in numerous concerts both in Cardiff and further afield in South Wales, England and Ireland. As well as many individual concerts, the choir has been fortunate enough to perform alongside other ensembles including The Cardiff University String Orchestra, The Neath Sinfonietta and Cardiff University Wind Ensemble. The Palestrina Singers have performed in a variety of settings, and has previously sung the service of evensong for Llandaff, Hereford, Romsey Abbey, Christ Church and St Patrick’s Cathedrals.


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