Our Music Director

0912-0116 Truro Choral SocietyMartin 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 2016:

“With much bombastic Beethoven and bouncing Brandenburg still ringing in my ears, it is hard to believe we are already about to embark on a new exciting set of musical adventures! Thank you all for a wonderful end of term with the sublime Rutter Requiem and a very enjoyable summer party in Mylor.

“Hot off the press, I’m thrilled to be able to announce that Joseph O’Berry has been appointed Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield, Massachusetts. We now look forward to welcoming Käthe Wright Kaufmann as our accompanist for this year.

“This season’s programme holds many exciting new challenges. With works by Vivaldi and Puccini, we begin with preparations for a very Italianate concert in November. After Christmas we hope to realise a bold new idea: establishing an annual New Year’s Concert Series at the Cathedral. In the lead-up to Easter and with a number of youth choirs we shall perform Bach’s mighty St Matthew Passion, and the summer will see us join forces with the Three Spires Singers for what will be a very memorable performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

“I’m excited, I hope you are – fasten your safety belts, here we go!”