ORA Singers opens the first day of the Tage Alter Musik Festival, with a performance in the magnificent Regensburger Dom.
On Friday the 6th of June, ORA Singers made its European public debut in the opening night of Germany's Tage Alter Musik Festival; a sell-out performance, in the newly re-opened 14th century St. Peter's Cathedral in Regensburg. Since winning the 2018 Opus Klassik Award for 'Best Ensemble of the Year', the 18 voice ensemble was invited to perform as part of the long-running festival and treated the audience to its Music of Hope programme, including the classic Allegri Miserere and Sir James MacMillan's masterful setting of the same text.
Included in this programme was the world premiere of a new reflection on Tallis' Miserere Nostri Domine by Wolfram Buchenberg; the latest composer to join ORA's impressive catalogue of 44 commissioned composers to date. A rhythmic and dramatic response to the Renaissance original, this new commission by the German composer was intended to stand in contrast to the original- "like very different twins who need each other in order to make a perfect team... each piece has, what the other lacks."
The performance has already received excellent reviews from several sources, praising the group's "unreal top notes and outstanding homogeneity", leaving the vast audience with memories of a "touching evening and a highlight of the Regensburg Festival this year."
The group was thrilled to receive a standing ovation from the 900+ audience, who packed out the Cathedral seats, with many more standing at the back. Whilst there, Suzi Digby, ORA's Artistic Director and Founder, was honoured to speak to Bayerischer Rundfunk radio, who will feature the full performance and interview on their station on the 16th of July. The full concert will also be available made available on the BR website.