The Choir’s history starts in 1964 when twenty Aberystwyth graduates who had sung together in university met up in Cardiff to form a choir, initially under the baton of Roy Bohana. 54 years later Cardiff Polyphonic Choir now numbers 65 singers, has been directed since 2015 by David Young, and has a proud history and a continuing strong reputation.
Over the years the choir has worked with many of the great orchestras of our time – including the Philharmonia, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Baroque, the London Mozart Players and the Hallé. It has sung under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, Carl Davis, Sir Charles Groves, Richard Hickox, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Andrew Davis, Jane Glover, Tadaaki Otaka, Paavo Berglund, James Loughran and Eric Whitacre. And it has performed in all the major London musical venues. Internationally, the Choir continues to be an ambassador for Welsh music, touring the USA on nine occasions. Tours to Sweden, Malta, Italy, Brittany, Austria, Germany, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Denmark and Prague have given the choir international exposure. Also we sang the anthems before the France-Ireland match at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium during the 2015 Rugby World Cup!
A quick look back at 2017 shows the range and variety of performances that we can undertake in a single year. A feature of the year was working with other choirs in some great joint concerts. These included in March performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony alongside Cardiff’s Ardwyn Singers with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Sanderling in London’s Cadogan Hall, repeated the following night in Cardiff’s St David’s Hall. In June we were thrilled to perform under the baton of Eric Whitacre with Côrdydd and the Ardwyn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert in St David’s Hall. Shortly after that we travelled to Lichfield Cathedral joining Stafford Choral Society to sing Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius under David Young’s direction. October saw us visiting Lund in Sweden, joining forces with Lund Chamber Choir. The year then ended in great style in a packed St David’s Hall with the Choir giving an acclaimed performance of Handel’s Messiah with baroque instrument ensemble Réjouissance and with soloists Sarah Tynan, William Towers, Joshua Ellicott and Matthew Brook, conducted by our own David Young.
More information about the Choir’s history can be found HERE.
As a choir we pride ourselves on maintaining high musical standards, and, as such, entry to the choir is by audition. However, the social side of the choir is equally important and new members will always receive a warm and friendly welcome. If you are interested in trying us out, you’ll find everything you need to know HERE.