100 commissions by 100 composers
To date: 36 commissioned, 31 recorded
ORA Singers was established with the aim of commissioning 100 new works by 100 different composers in 10 years. In many cases, we ask composers to draw inspiration from the Renaissance period, writing new 'reflective' works of particular choral masterpieces. ORA is proud to be ahead of schedule and hopes that its commissioning will continue well beyond the initial 100!
Recording is a huge part of our programme. We want to promote the composers we commission as far as possible and one of the best ways to do that is by making exceptional recordings of their works. As well as being made up of some of the finest ensemble singers we know, ORA Singers also works with the UK"s finest producers, sound engineers and recording venues so that our audiences can enjoy the highest quality performances right at their fingertips, and our composers come away with a lasting and spectacular performance of their works! Composers often visit us during our recording process to give feedback to our singers and Director, ensuring that their vision is realised.
Seeing ORA Singers perform live is a 'not-to-be-missed' opportunity. ORA doesn't just do stand and sing concerts. We collaborate with designers for each of our events, and choreograph our singers in each venue, to truly enhance the atmosphere of the musical programme.
We also like to explore the use of interesting concert venues. such as the Tower of London and underneath the Cutty Sark.