Coro Cervantes

Quiénes Somos

Coro Cervantes is a unique chamber choir.  Through its performances and recordings it aims to bring the music of Iberia and Latin America to audiences everywhere. 

Founded by its director Carlos Fernández Aransay under the auspices of the Instituto Cervantes in London, Coro Cervantes made its first public appearance at the Spanish Embassy in 1996.  It has since performed at London venues including St. James Smith Square, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and gave its sold-out 10th anniversary concert at the Wigmore Hall. In 2009 we performed the inaugural concert of the National Gallery exhibition The Sacred made Real, and we have started 2010 with a concert in Madrid, part of the Sacred Art Festival.

As a result of historically informed programming, Coro Cervantes has taken part in festivals and celebrations in the UK at such diverse venues as Shakespeares Globe Theatre, the Venezuelan Embassy, the Hackney Empire and collaborating with the National Gallerys El Greco exhibition.  Further concerts in Winchester, Manchester, Leeds, Peterborough and Oxford have presented music for Philip II of Spain, Federico García Lorca, Santiago de Compostela, Catherine of Aragon, The Habsburgs and El Greco.  Concert engagements outside the UK have taken Coro Cervantes to Mexico, Spain, and to the Festival of Latin American culture in Moscow.  Its repertoire includes works sung in Spanish (Castilian), Quechua (the Inca language), Nahuatl (the Aztec language), Mediaeval Galician, Catalan, Basque, and more. 

 

Coro Cervantes has a concert repertoire spanning a wide variety of sacred and secular music, from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the 19th and 20th Centuries.  On CD it has recorded to critical acclaim.  The first album, O Crux, a survey of 19th Century Spanish church music by Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla and others includes 12 world premiere recordings.  It was chosen by the Gramophone Magazine’s critics as one of the discs of the year.  Their next disc, Oratio, 20th Century music from Spain and Latin America, was awarded 5-stars by BBC Music Magazine.  It includes Ginastera’s Lamentations and 10 world premiere recordings.  In 2008, to celebrate the 75th birthday of one of Spains most distinguished contemporary composers, Antón García Abril, Coro Cervantes was chosen to record his choral music in a 12 disc boxed-set dedicated to all his music.  They were joined by the London Symphony Orchestra Strings, soprano María Orán, cellist Asier Polo and organist Charles Matthews.  In 2009 we released our first recording for Signum Records, called Yanomami, a disc of 20th Century music for choir and guitar, with Brazilian guitarist Fabio Zanon to coincide with the 70th birthday of Brazilian  composer Marlos Nobre, whose piece gives the album its title.  Our latest disc is “¡ESPAÑA!”, a showcase of music from Spain.