Coro Polifónico Universitario of La Laguna
The Coro Polifónico of Universidad de la Laguna was founded in Universidad de La Laguna in 1983 and has come to symbolise the type of university activity that extends beyond the lecture halls. Its significant success, in both national and international competitions, and its performance versatility are due primarily to the constant dedication of its members and the consolidated guidance of those who have been at its helm.
Highlights of the vast symphonic-choral repertoire performed by the group include King Arthur (H. Purcell), Messiah (Haendel), The Creation and The Seasons (Haydn), Ein Deutches Requiem (Brahms), Gloria (Vivaldi), 9th Choral Symphony (L.V. Beethoven), Te Deum (Dvorak), Messe de Requiem (G. Fauré), Requiem (Verdi), Requiem, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Coronation Mass and Great Mass (Mozart), Carmen (Bizet), Daphnis et Chloé (M.Ravel), La Vida Breve (M. Falla), Carmina Burana (Carl Orff), Te Deum (Z. Kodaly), 2nd Symphony (F. Mendelssohn), Nelson Mass (Haydn), 2nd Symphony (G. Mahler), Ivan the Terrible (S. Prokofiev) y Tango Mass (Luis Bacalov).
The Coro Polifónico has been a frequent collaborator alongside the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, both during their annual season and during the Festivales de Música de Canarias (1987 and 1996), the Festival de Ópera de Tenerife, and during the special Christmas Concerts given in the Puerto de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1994-2002, 2007 and 2016), having participated in the 2008 -2018 editions of the participative Concerts organized by La Caixa with Haendel´s Messiah, and in June 2011, with Mozart´s Great Mass in C Minor, in the Auditorio de Tenerife. The choir has performed alongside many prestigious orchestras, such as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Sinfónica de Palma de Mallorca, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, London Young Symphony Orchestra, Landesjugendorchester Nordrheinwestfallen and Moscow Virtuosi.
The Coro Polifónico de la Universidad de La Laguna has performed under the leadership of prestigious conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Edmon Colomer, Laszlo Helthay, Eric Ericsson, Antoni Ros Marbá, James Blair, Sabas Calvillo, Howard Williams, Oriol Martorell, Pierre Cao, Javier Corcuera, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Lluis Vila, Robert King, Javier Busto, Diego Navarro, Jordi Casas and Jonathan Webb.
The choir has recorded the following albums: Elegía and Psalmi (E. Halffter), Atlántida (M. de Falla), and the Valois Auvidis-published zarzuelas, Doña Francisquita and Bohemios (A. Vives) and El Barberillo de Lavapiés (Barbieri), as well as an album of popular music with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Rondalla de Tenerife and singer Chago Melián. Additionally, it has participated in the 19th album in the “La creación musical en Canarias” series, a phonographic collection from musicological project RALS, developed by the Asociación de Compositores y Musicólogos de Tenerife (Comsite) and Museo Canario de Las Palmas. In June 2011, the choir released its latest album, “Recuerdos de futuro”, in which all tracks are performed by the Coro Polifónico, and which becomes a musical landscape which offers up two samples of our folklore, as well as delving into such rich rhythms as the Venezuelan joropo and pasaje, the Argentinean tango, and the Cuban son, danzón and bolero, as well as fusing American soul with Brazilian bossa nova.
Finally, the choir has collaborated in the recording of the soundtrack for the movie “Time Gate”, with a score composed by Diego Navarro for this animated film with drawings by Antonio Mingote, which resulted in the 19th album for La creación musical en Canarias, and it has premiered and recorded works by contemporary composers (Armando Alfonso, Enrique Guimerá, Gustavo Trujillo, Rafael Estévez, Lothar Siemens, Luis Cobiella and Sergio Rodríguez).
The awards received by the group include the following: 2nd Place in Polyphony and Silver Diploma in Folklore (Slovakia Grand Prix, July 1997), 2nd Place and Golden Award (8th Budapest International Competition, April 2001), First National Place, Ciudad de Torrevieja (Certamen Internacional de Coros de Torrevieja, July 2002 and July 2006), 1st Competition Place and 1st Special Rosa Mª. Tarruel Award (XXIV Concurso Internacional Ciudad de Avilés, November 2007) and 2nd National Place (Certamen Internacional de Coros de Torrevieja, July 2009). In June 2010, the choir received the 1st prize in Polyphony in the Certamen Coral de Rivas, Madrid, and in November 2010, the choir was chosen to take part in the XXX Certamen Coral Fira de Tots Sants, Cocentaina, Alicante, where it reached 3rd place, to the delight of critics and audience alike. In doing so, the choir was the first from the Canary Islands to take place in this competition. Finally, in March 2011, the choir took part as a guest choir, invited by the Federación de Coros de Navarra to the II Certamen Estatal de Coros de Berrioplano, where they were awarded 3rd place in Folklore, 2nd Place in Polyphony and Best Performance of a Basque piece, for “Segalariak” by Josu Elberdi .
Performing an average of 30 concerts a year, the last three years have seen the choir branch out into innovative concert shows (“Siempre Broadway”, “Del frío al fuego”, “Entre el cielo y el suelo”, “Sacrum est”, “En cuerpo y alma”, “Fides sine tempore” y “Horizonte”) incorporating a variety of performing arts, which have been greatly received by audiences and critics alike.
In addition to this, since 2008, the choir has taken part in the Mapfre Guanarteme Church Music Series, with 2019 seeing the premiere of “A la luz de las velas”, which covers church music from the Renaissance to the present day.
In its most recent editions, the choir has collaborated with FIMUCITÉ (Festival Internacional de Música de Cine de Tenerife), and 2020 saw the premiere of “CineMass”, a concert comprised of a selection of church music pieces composed for the big screen, in the Krakow festival of the same name.
In 2020, the choir recorded “A tu lado” by Basque composer Javier Busto which, due to the lockdown, was recorded at home by all members, this being the first of several online/streaming concerts offered this year, highlights being the 50th Anniversary of Universidad UTE de Quito, Ecuador or "Desde el ambigú" for the Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna.
Since 2015, the Coro Polifónico de La Universidad de La Laguna has been under the direction of