Michel Corrette

French Born 00 1709 Died 22 Jan 1795

The Royal Choral Society was formed in 1871 to coincide with the opening of London's Royal Albert Hall. In its long life, the choir has always been associated with some of the leading musicians of the day. Both Verdi and Dvorák conducted the Society in premières of their own works, and the choir's commitment to contemporary music continues to this day: recently they gave the first performances of works by Ariel Ramirez and Geoffrey Burgon.

The choir's first conductor was Charles Gounod and for forty years from 1928, the Royal Choral Society was associated primarily with Sir Malcolm Sargent. Richard Cooke, the group's present Musical Director, took over in 1995.

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