Martin Palmer has been the society’s Music Director since September 2009. Since then the choir has gone from strength to strength: the customary three annual concerts have become five, membership has grown to its present size of more than 150 and our performances have received many accolades. More recently, Martin has conducted the choir in Karl Jenkins The Armed Man; Mozart Requiem Mass; Verdi Requiem; Brahms German Requiem; Handel Messiah and Zadok the Priest; Beethoven Choral Fantasia; and Orff Carmina Burana; and with our affiliated orchestra, Truro Symphony Orchestra, given the first performance in Cornwall of Stravinsky Rite of Spring.
Martin is also the Director of Music at Truro School, where he has built up one of the biggest and busiest music departments in the southwest.
He studied the organ, cello, composition and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and took the University of London degree. While at the RAM he sang with the London Philharmonic Choir, gaining invaluable experience working alongside many of the world’s top conductors, orchestras and soloists.
During his career, he has founded and conducted many choral societies and chamber choirs, and is also now the Co-Director of Music at Newquay Parish Church.
A message from Martin from September 2017:
“Many thanks for a super year. Lots of people – orchestra, audience and choir – have written to say how moving the performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion was. The New Year Concert was a huge success all round and showed that there is the space for such an event. And the combined Elijah concert will remain in our memories for many years to come. And our orchestra, Truro Symphony Orchestra, did us and the cathedral proud in the Tchaikovsky concert in July. It has been a real pleasure to see the cathedral so full on so many occasions this year.
We will hardly be resting on our laurels this coming season, though, as we once again join with Truro Cathedral Choir for a mid-term Choral Evensong. It is always a pleasure to work with Christopher Gray and this world-class choir.
On New Year’s Day we shall return to last year’s popular format but with new choral and orchestral music, while March will see what is likely to be a very popular all-Mozart concert, with a flute concerto, strands of The Magic Flute and the powerful and ever-popular Requiem.
Safety belts on – here we go…!”