A leading chamber choir in the United Kingdom and Europe, the Joyful Company of Singers offers a broad repertoire of music from the Renaissance to works by contemporary composers. The group is committed to performing new music, giving many world premieres, and to furthering music education through special programs. In 1988, the choir was founded by choral conductor Peter Broadbent, and in 1990, the group won the Sainsbury's Choir of the Year Competition, subsequently giving it a high profile at music festivals and leading to many radio broadcasts. The JCS has performed at the Bath International Music Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts, the Cheltenham Music Festival, the City of London Festival, the Three Choirs Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and the BBC Proms, as well as at numerous musical festivals and other events across Europe. The choir has also visited the United States, and performed at Stanford University and the National Convention of the American Choral Directors' Association. Among the many composers who have composed music for the JCS are Alun Hoddinott, Roxanna Panufnik, Kaija Saariaho, Roderick Elms, David Bedford, Michael Berkeley, Judith Bingham, and Jonathan Harvey.