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Dinas Powys Music Festival, 8 May 2017

Posted on 16 May, 2017 at 9:00 Comments comments (488)

We were delighted to make our debut at the Gŵyl Gerdd Dinas Powys Music Festival this year. We would like to say a big thank you to the festival organisers for staging Spectrum Singers' a cappella concert and to our lovely audience for giving us such a warm reception in a packed out Parish Hall.

Our summer programme 'Air' offered a contemporary twist on the pastoral tradition, bringing an ideal vision of country life to our urban audi...

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Adopt a Composer: The seed of an idea

Posted on 15 January, 2017 at 10:30 Comments comments (2)

Our adopted composer Rosie Clements describes her second visit to Penarth ... the 'Garden by the Sea'.

My search for inspiration started at Dyffryn House and Gardens which is where the piece will be performed. I had “whizzed” around Dyffryn once before when I first met the choir but time was limited. On this visit I was accompanied to other areas of the historic house that I hadn’t seen on my last visit; I was particularly interested...

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Money Can't Buy Me Love, 29 Oct 16

Posted on 30 October, 2016 at 6:35 Comments comments (4)


On a dark, dreary October day, it was a pleasure to enter The Gate Arts Centre, and step into the light and warmth of this beautiful Grade II listed building in Roath.

We love a space with a good acoustic (and a party) so we instantly felt at home. Some of the ladies even turned their hand to a spot of flower arranging to help the hostess put the finishing touches to dressing the ta...

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Adopt a Composer meet and greet

Posted on 12 October, 2016 at 2:25 Comments comments (1)

We were delighted that Rosie could join us so soon for an orientation visit at the end of September.

In a full programme we visited three possible premiere venues – from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s Dora Stouzker Hall, to a local National Trust property (Dyffryn House and gardens) and Penarth Pier Pavilion. We even started off with a concert, which included the premiere of Viral by Mark Boden, another of this year’s ...

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Spectrum Singers selected for 2016/17 Adopt a Composer scheme

Posted on 11 September, 2016 at 3:55 Comments comments (102)

Spectrum Singers is thrilled to have been chosen to take part in the prestigious 2016/17 Adopt a Composer scheme, which pairs amateur choirs, orchestras or ensembles with up-and-coming composers for 12 months. 

At a special launch event hosted by Making Music in London, the Penarth-based chamber choir was announced as one of just seven successful ensembles in the UK who will participate in this year’s exciting project, culminating in a prem...

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Video killed the radio star, 28 November 2015

Posted on 17 March, 2016 at 5:55 Comments comments (4)

Spectrum Singers made its screen debut this week filming a promotional trailer for the National Trust at Dyffryn Gardens.

The National Trust chose to film the Penarth-based chamber choir in the Great Hall to promote a series of carol concerts being hosted at Dyffryn Gardens on Friday evenings in the run up to Christmas. The campaign is based on the premise that ‘Christmas wouldn’t be the same without…’ traditional pursuits at a...

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Radio Ga Ga, 6 July 2015

Posted on 17 March, 2016 at 0:45 Comments comments (75)

It was thumbs up from the congregation and the sound engineer last night as Spectrum recorded two pieces for BBC Radio Wales's Sunday morning religous programme 'Celebration'.

Tabs' usual worship style uses microphones, guitars, keyboards and drums, so it was an interesting contrast to showcase the spiritual power of unplugged, a cappella human voices in harmony with beautiful music from Wales’s foremost living composer, Sir Karl Jenkins....

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The Organist Entertains, 20 May 2015

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Abbey Road, 28 March 2015

Posted on 17 March, 2016 at 0:10 Comments comments (84)

Two breakdowns, one hired car and one close encounter with a brick wall in a Jag... the road to Bath Abbey did not run smoothly.

For many of Spectrum’s choristers Bath Abbey marks the highlight of our musical calendar. We were working towards leading choral evensong there in June 2013 when our founding musical director, Stuart, was taken fatally ill. Returning to complete the work that we began was something of a pilgrimage for the choir.


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Thank you for the music, 3 March 2015

Posted on 17 March, 2016 at 0:00 Comments comments (0)

Naunton Liles, Director of Music for Penarth Town Council, had this to say about our performance at the St David's Day concert at the Paget Rooms.

"Your choir made wonderful music on Saturday evening. The commitment and musicianship of your singers was outstanding and I know the audience enjoyed your programme enormously.

"Please give my thanks to the individual members and particularly to your guest conductor Ben Pinnow who was excellent. ...

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