Valladolid University Choir
The Valladolid University Choir was founded in 1950 by his first conductor, Carlos Barrasa Urdiales. From 1993 until 2008, the Choir has been led by José Martín González. Nowadays, Marcos Castán has the responsibility of the leadership.
The choir has taken part in many exchanges and festivals in Poland (1990 and 1995), Peru (1993), Czech Republic (1995 and 2002), Chile (1996), Argentina (1998), Portugal (1977, 1999, 2001 and 2002), Bulgaria (2000), France (2001), Serbia (2003), Latvia and Lithuania (2004), Italy (2005), Belgium (2007), Germany (2008), Malta (2009), Georgia (2010) and Turkey (2011).
In 2002 the choir was selected by the Junta de Castilla y León, the regional government, to participate in the inauguration ceremony of the exhibition “Time to Hope”, of Las Edades del Hombre foundation, in New York. Together with the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra the Choir has taken part of many concerts like “Villancicos del Mundo” (2003), “Coros de Ópera” (2004) and “Mozart’s Requiem” (2008). Since 2007, La Caixa foundation organizes “El Mesías Participativo” where the Choir performs singing “The Messiah” together with other choirs of the city and The King’s Consort orchestra and choir, led by Matthew Halls (2007), Ciudad de Granada orchestra and choir, led by Arie van Beck (2008) and The Lieder Camera and Catalan Baroque Orchestra led by Jordi Casas (2009).
In relation with the prizes, the Choir has been awarded with the second prize of II National Choral Singing Contest “Ciudad de Cieza” (Murcia, 1997), second prize in the IV National Choirs Content “Turrón de Jijona” (Alicante, 2000), silver medal in the International Festival of Academic Choirs IFAS of Pardubice (Czech Republic, 2002), first prize of the XII Castilian Song Contest for Griñón choral groups (Madrid, 2003), first prize of the II National Choral Competition “Antonio José” (Burgos, 2003), third position in the Grand National Choral Award that took place in Rojales (Alicante, 2004) and second prize in the Istanbul International Chorus Competition and Festival (Istanbul, 2011).
In 2011, celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Choir is preparing two performances that are included in the Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes program (Valladolid, Spain). The first one, called “Delibes Canta”, includes compositions of Bejamin Britten together with Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra and other regional choirs. The Choir performed for the first time the composition of David Fanshawe “African Sanctus”.
It is the course year 2015-2016, the 65th anniversary of the Valladolid Universitary Choir, and great celebrations are expected.
Nowadays, the Choir of Valladolid University is sponsored by Banco Santander.