Spectrum Singers is a Penarth-based chamber choir, now in its 7th season and currently under the socially distanced musical direction of David Hutchings. 2021 marks the choir's 20th anniversary.
Whilst we've been unable to follow our usual programme of rehearsals and concerts during the pandemic, we've expanded our horizons by meeting and learning from some of the world's leading composers and choristers. Memorable lockdown silver linings include singing 'Sleep' conducted by Eric Whitacre from California; sitting at Will Todd's piano in his composing shed; and learning vocal tips and tricks from Andrea Haines Voces8's legendary soprano.
When we're not in splendid isolation, we're a mixed SATB choir of experienced choristers from around Cardiff and the Vale numbering up to 16 voices. We may be compact but we make a surprisingly big sound and specialise in singing a cappella (without accompaniment). The choir's name reflects the extensive range of music we perform, from show tunes and pop songs in concert to classical pieces and sacred music in cathedrals.
Highlights for the choir from recent years have included a performance at Cardiff's St David's Hall in support of Eric Whitacre and the premiere of a new work broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of Making Music's Adopt a Composer scheme. When we can safely sing to an audience again we'll be performing the Welsh premiere of Janet Wheeler's song cycle 'Time Becomes a Song' based on poems by John Clare at the heart of a programme that matches poets and composers in perfect synergy. In the meantime, we'll continue to find creative ways to make music together whether that's in virtual recordings, in bandstands, garden quartets or underneath the arches of railway bridges...
If you're from the Vale or Cardiff area, especially Penarth or Barry, and are looking for a choir to sing with or to book for your future event, we'd love to hear from you.