About the Priory Singers


 

The Priory Singers is a 24 strong choir based in Newport, South Wales, in the UK.

The main objectives of the Choir were made clear from its inception: to make high-quality music from an eclectic and innovative repertoire; a determination that continues to be shared today by all of the Choir's members.

The twenty-four members of the Choir range from young singers to semi-professional and professional singers with vast choral and soloist experience.

The name is taken from Caerleon's Priory, where the Choir held their first rehearsals back in 1999. Since that time the Choir has earned a reputation as one of the most polished and versatile choirs in the principality.

In the last twelve months alone, the Priory Singers have performed anthems by Sixteenth-Century composers, a fully-staged performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas,  a new setting of the Requiem mass by the Choir's Musical Director, Stephen Benavente, the annual Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight, and their 'Lighter Side' regular engagement at the Dolman Theatre.


 

In 2009,  the Choir celebrated its tenth anniversary and presented 1791, a celebration of the music of Mozart's final year, including the Clarinet Concerto with guest soloist Colin Lawson and the Requiem, with the Welsh Baroque Orchestra.

Last year saw the launch of the Choir's debut album, 'And So It Goes', and the première of Michael Elliott's 'Newport Elegy' with the International pianists, the Cann Twins.

There was also a performance of the Bruckner E minor Mass and the rarely heard Requiem by Pearsall, and a workshop with Nigel Perrin.

This year, the Priory Singers had a short tour of Paris, performing in the Cathedrals of Notre Dame, La Madeleine and Chatres.

They hosted a workshop with the renowned composer Bob Chilcott in October and followed this with the Welsh premiere of Bob Chilcott's Requiem and John Rutter's Mass Of The Children with the Nidus Children's Choir, accompanied by the Welsh Concert Orchestra.

Concerts for 2012 included Brecon Cathedral, Great Malvern Priory and Great Witley Church.

On Saturday 10th November 2012, the Priory Singers performed Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem in his own arrangement for choir and piano duet.

2013 included Quartet, a concert with music by Chilcott, Rutter, Lauridsen and Whitacre.

2014 included a Summer concert featuring the lighter side of the Priory Singers and an all Handel concert with the Welsh Concert Orchestra

2015 is a busy year, with the Priory Singers preparing to record their second album and November 14th a concert at St John's performing the Duruflé Requiem and the Requiem by the Musical Director, Stephen Benavente

 

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