The Choir of the Technical University of Lisbon was formed in 1980. It sets out to meet the need felt in the university for such a choir, and strives to achieve a level of artistic quality that is worthy of a university choir.
The original group led to the formation of a choir made up of students linked to the university and its academic life. In the academic year 1998/99, under the leadership of Jorge Alves, the choir’s objectives, rationale and relationship with the university were reformulated. Auditions to select singers began in all UTL’s Schools.
The Choir is currently includes UTL students, administrative staff and teachers.
Since January 1999 the choir has changed its repertoire, incorporating new pieces and retaining some older ones, in a constant endeavour to increase the artistic depth of its musical performances. As well as performing at University ceremonies, it has also participated in the 17th Algarve Choir Festival, UTL’s 90th anniversary concert at Culturgest, and at Christmas concerts in Alenquer, Seixal, the Lisbon Metropolitan, and elsewhere. Every year it gives a Christmas Concert and a Spring Concert, and also performs at ceremonies organised by various associations.
In 2002 the UTL Choir took part in two concerts with the choirs of the New University of Lisbon and the Catholic University of Lisbon, performing Vivaldi’s “Gloria” for choir, orchestra and soloists. The same piece was performed in January 2003 at the New Year Concert of the Almada Municipal Council, and again in February in the Belem Cultural Centre at the Congress of the Order of Physicians, when they also performed Vivaldi’s “Magnificat” and Haydn’s Missa Brevis in F. In 2004 there were various concerts and other performances, in the Church of the Magdalena and the Church of St. Nicholas (Lisbon), the Church of St. Dominic (Benfica), the Teatroesfera (Queluz), UTL’s School of Social and Political Sciences, School of Engineering, and School of Agronomy, and other venues. The Choir has also taken part in various festivals: the International Festival of Music in the University in Bari, Italy, the Pinto International Music Festival in Spain, and the Lagos Choir Festival, the Covilhã International Choir Festival and the International Festival of University Choirs, Coimbra (in Portugal), among others.
In 2006, at the concert celebrating 75 years of the Technical University of Lisbon, the choir performed Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” together with the Coral Lisboa Cantat.