Obituary: Choral Director Manuel Cabero i Vernedas Passes at 95

By Nicolas Quiroga

Spanish Choral Director Manuel Cabero i Vernedas passed away on January 16. He was 95-years-old.

Born in Barcelona, Vernedas was educated at the Barcelona Municipal Conservatory of Music where he became a Chapel Master and Choir Director. He taught numerous courses in the Choral Conducting Classroom of the Joan Llongueres Institute in Barcelona and many students assimilated his conducting knowledge in Asturias, Cantabria, Cádiz, Galicia, the Basque Country, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Cervera, Lérida and Palma de Mallorca.

Vernedas directed the Magister Art Choir of the Christian University Center of Barcelona, was a ​​professor at the University of Barcelona, and was also a member of the Catalan Federation of Choral Entities.

He had founded the Madrigal Choir in 1951 together with his wife, Monserrat Pueyo, and with it he introduced many contemporary Catalan works and international historical polyphony.

Vernedas was also Music Chapel Master of the Basilica of Santa María del Pino, a historic musical institution that he helped recover and for his work there he was exalted with the Cross of Saint George.