Founded in October 1948 by Jerzy Gert, the Polish Radio Choir performs both a cappella music and vocal–instrumental works, representing diverse styles and historical periods, with particular emphasis on Polish music.
Besides concertising, the Choir makes recordings for the Polish Radio and Television as well as CD recordings for Polish and international record labels. It has given world premiere performances of works by the leading contemporary Polish composers including Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, as well as authors of the younger generation including Agata Zubel, Aleksander Kościów, Paweł Łukaszewski, Andrzej Kwieciński, and Szymon Godziemba-Trytek.
The Choir has appeared regularly at numerous festivals in Poland and abroad, including Wratislavia Cantans, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Festival of World Premieres in Katowice, Warsaw Autumn, Poznań Music Spring, Festival of Polish Music in Cracow, Sacrum Profanum, Gaude Mater in Częstochowa, Schleswig–Holstein Music Festival, Rossini Opera Festival, Settimana di Monreale, New Sounds Festival, and the Europalia Festival in Brussels. The Polish Radio Choir cooperates on a regular basis with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, New Music Orchestra, and Beethoven Academy Orchestra.
Until March 2012 the Choir’s activities were carried out within the structures of the Polish Radio. Following an agreement in October 2012, the brand and development of the Polish Radio Choir were taken over by the Sonoris Foundation. In January 2020, a new contract established the Polish Radio Choir Foundation in Cracow as the ensemble’s managing entity. The Choir is led by Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka.