Founder and Artistic Director
Suzi Digby is at the vanguard of choral music’s recent popular resurgence. Passionate about choral music in all its forms, Suzi received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II for outstanding services to music education in 2009. Throughout her career she has pushed the boundaries of musical performance and has gained professional and critical recognition for her groundbreaking approach.
Matthew Beale read Experimental Psychology at Oxford University and went on to study singing as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio.
He has sung with many of the world’s favourite choirs including the Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen and the Gabrieli Consort. He was also an international operatic soloist appearing at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Fenice, Glyndebourne, the Berliner Staatsoper and under the batons of Sir Colin Davis, Vladimir Jurowski, Edward Gardner OBE, Philippe Jordan and Sir John Eliot Gardiner to name but a few.
In more recent years he has been Managing Partner at the financial communications consultancy, Fortbridge, and in 2014 he took on the role of Chief Executive at ORA, enthused by the choir’s high standards in music-making and performance and the group’s dedication to commissioning new music.
David Clegg began his career in 1983 when he was Choirboy of the Year. Educated at Winchester College, he is a graduate of New College, Oxford and the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He has performed as a soloist and consort singer in the UK, Europe, Central and North America, Asia and Australia with virtually all of the major British vocal groups both on disc and on the concert platform, most notably The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort and The Monteverdi Choir.
With his singing, he now runs a dual career as a successful consultant and music manager, providing singers and instrumentalists tailor made to individual projects depending on the repertoire and the ensemble. In this capacity he has worked closely on projects with many conductors, whose numbers include Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Marin Alsop, Paul McCreesh, Jonathan Cohen, Laurence Cummings, Christian Curnyn, Emmanuelle Haim and John Butt. Recordings that he has been involved in have won many prizes including Gramophone Awards, BBC Music Magazine Awards and Grammy Award Nominations.
Group & Development Manager
Natalie Watson studied bassoon and baroque bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music, London. She has since appeared in a variety of musical contexts, including educational projects with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, performances with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and education schemes with the London Sinfonietta and the Britten-Pears Orchestra.
Natalie joined the ORA team in September 2016, eager to explore her love for both early and contemporary music in a choral setting. Since then, she has greatly developed her passion for choral music and been inspired by the choral works that ORA has produced, in particular it's new commissions. Natalie believes very firmly in the work at ORA and is responsible for the general running of the ensemble; including it's Development Programme, Trust & Foundation applications, newsletters, events and administration.