One of Europe’s most prominent chamber choirs, the Joyful Company of Singers is known for its virtuosity and intensity of spirit, as well as for an astoundingly wide repertoire, ranging from the 16th Century to the present day, including many first performances.
Formed in 1988, by conductor Peter Broadbent MBE, the choir first came to prominence when it won the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year competition in 1990. Since then it has maintained its profile in the music world, winning an impressive list of national and international competitions leading to many invitations.
Concert performances include most of the leading UK festivals and regular concert tours in Europe, broadcasting in many countries as well as on BBC and Classic FM.
A discography of over 25 CDs includes the Rachmaninov All-night Vigil on Nimbus – “beautifully characterized and shaped by Peter Broadbent” (International Record Review).
In the past decade the JCS instituted a Youth Fund to encourage the development of young conductors and composers. A composition competition in 2014 was won by young Australian composer Chris Williams, and in 2016 the JCS along with the Bristol choir ‘Exultate’ and the Strathclyde University Chamber Choir commissioned a major work from Toby Young. Our provision of a Junior Fellowship has previously enabled four young conductors to work with the choir: Christopher Hann, Helen Smee, Patrick Barrett and Louisa Denby, and we have now welcomed Olivia Tait to this role.
The Joyful Company of Singers is a registered charity (reg. no. 1057257) and is managed by a Board of Trustees that can comprise both singers and non-singers with a wide variety of professional backgrounds.
The JCS is assisted by our President Brian Kay and Vice-Presidents Lord Berkeley of Knighton, Judith Bingham OBE, Stephen Connock MBE, Dame Laura Cox DBE, Cecilia McDowall, Roxanna Panufnik, John Rutter CBE, Giles Swayne and Gabriel Woolf, who bring with them a wealth of experience from the choral and classical music world at large.
Peter Broadbent MBE is the founder conductor of Joyful Company of Singers and one of Britain’s leading choral conductors. He has conducted the London Mozart Players, Divertimenti Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southern Sinfonia, the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Apollo Voices and the BBC Singers, broadcasting frequently on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Engagements outside the UK include concerts with the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra & Kodály Chorus in Hungary, a broadcast with the National Chamber Choir in Dublin and a European tour with the World Youth Choir in 2006. He gives workshops and master classes throughout Europe, and was the first Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors. In 2007 he was presented with the Pro Cultura Hungarica Award by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture for his services to Anglo-Hungarian musical relations, and in early 2016 was presented with the Knight’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit.
Peter Broadbent was awarded his MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year’s Honours List 2022 for services to music.