Palatinate Voices was founded in 1996 by two members of Durham Cathedral Choir, as a way of bringing together singers from the Cathedral, the University and the City to form a chamber choir capable of tackling the most challenging repertoire. From 1997 to summer 2011 the choir was conducted by Durham Cathedral's then Sub-Organist, Keith Wright. The choir was then conducted by Andrew Fowler for one year. Until summer 2012 the choir regularly performed in Durham Cathedral's Chapter House and throughout the region. Its performances were often accompanied by instrumental forces, most latterly by Durham Baroque.