In partnership with Signatur
ORA Singers recently launched a mentoring initiative for Young Composers, beginning with the 2019 Young Composer Competition. This programme selected 10 students from non-fee paying schools to receive compositional mentoring and to write a new composition for the ORA Singers, which was performed at King’s College London in July 2019 and judged by Stephen Fry, John Rutter CBE, Katie Tearle MBE and Susanna Eastburn MBE. This scheme also involved a compositional workshop in May 2019, led by Rory Johnston and a quartet of ORA’s prized singers. Young composers had their chance to hear their pieces trialed in a public workshop.
As part of this mentoring initiative, the vocal ensemble also created a new digital website designed to lead an aspiring choral composer through the full compositional process. Composer Create launched in December 2018 and includes video testimonies from many of ORA’s esteemed commissioned composers, as well as industry experts.