Advent Calendar Ora Singers
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- John Rutter:
- 1John Rutter: Suzi's Carol04:55
- Adrian Peacock:
- 2Adrian Peacock: Venite, Gaudete!02:18
- Jim Clements:
- 3Jim Clements: Gabriel's Message03:29
- Sally Beamish:
- 4Sally Beamish: In the Stillness02:01
- Howard Skempton:
- 5Howard Skempton: Adam lay y-bounden01:13
- Thomas Hewitt Jones:
- 6Thomas Hewitt Jones: Lullay, my Liking04:43
- James Burton:
- 7James Burton: Balulalow02:07
- Trad. arr. Richard Allain:
- 8Trad. : Coventry Carol (Arr. Richard Allain)03:47
- Morten Lauridsen:
- 9Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium05:52
- Gareth Treseder:
- 10Gareth Treseder: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day04:05
- Will Todd:
- 11Will Todd: My Lord has Come03:29
- James Bassi:
- 12James Bassi: Quem pastores laudavere04:37
- Steven Sametz:
- 13Steven Sametz: Gaudete!02:11
- Judith Weir:
- 14Judith Weir: My Guardian Angel02:30
- Owain Park:
- 15Owain Park: Shepherds' Cradle Song03:43
- Bob Chilcott:
- 16Bob Chilcott: The Shepherd's Carol03:05
- Jonathan Rathbone:
- 17Jonathan Rathbone: The Oxen02:52
- Cecilia McDowall:
- 18Cecilia McDowall: Now May We Singen03:21
- Eric Whitacre:
- 19Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque03:20
- Arvo Pärt:
- 20Arvo Pärt: Bogoroditse Djevo01:07
- Trad. arr. Tobias A. Frank:
- 21Trad. : Les anges dans nos campagnes (Arr. Tobias Frank)04:06
- Gustav Holst arr. Ola Gjeilo:
- 22Gustav Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter (Arr. Ola Gjeilo)04:43
- Fredrik Sixten:
- 23Fredrik Sixten: Mary's Lullaby (Silent Night)03:53
- Debbie Wiseman:
- 24Debbie Wiseman: The Christmas Tree04:06
Info for Advent Calendar
ORA has marked the festive season with a musical advent calendar. The collection includes carols by Sally Beamish, Richard Allain, Morten Lauridsen, Cecilia McDowall, and Arvo Pärt, and to bookend the calendar, ORA has commissioned works from composers John Rutter and Debbie Wiseman.
ORA founder and artistic director Suzi Digby said: "Choral music is for life, not just for Christmas, and this is too good an opportunity to miss – 24 days to introduce and remind listeners of the stunning range of contemporary carols out there. We hope these will be the soundtrack of Christmases hence."
“The choir were on stunning form throughout, and constantly impressed with the sense of control and power. Ora has now developed a very clear sense of identity, and Suzi Digby gets a powerfully focused performance from her singers. Ora’s commissioning project remains a striking example of confidence in the contemporary composers..” (Planet Hugill)
“a musical comet … you’ll go a long way to hear singing this good. Truly, this is British choral music’s new golden age.” (Claudia Pritchard, Independent on Sunday)
“…it was a real delight to hear this performance, the second of two launching Suzi Digby’s new vocal ensemble…This was an unfailingly elegant performance, with all sharp edges and breaths airbrushed out. But what was most striking was the singers’ sheer vocal power…” (Hannah Nepil, Financial Times)
is a professional vocal ensemble made up of some of the leading singers in choral music, founded by Suzi Digby OBE. ORA seeks to captivate audiences with the highest standards of musical excellence combined with a fresh and engaging approach to performance. ORA is not just about singing, though that is at the core of its being, it is also about engaging audiences on many levels with a dramatic and all-encompassing approach to performance that makes true ‘events’ out of concerts.
ORA came into being through a belief that we are in a second golden age of choral music, matching that of the Renaissance. The choir’s performances and recordings showcase ‘classic’ masterpieces of Renaissance choral music alongside specially commissioned reflections from prominent and award-winning contemporary composers.
Suzi Digby OBE
was born in Japan and lived in Hong Kong, Mexico and the Philippines before settling in London & Cambridge. She is an internationally renowned Choral Conductor and Music Educator. She has trail-blazed the revival of singing in UK schools and the community over two and a half decades.
Suzi founded and runs the following influential National arts/education organisations: The Voices Foundation (the UK’s leading Primary Music Education Charity); Voce Chamber Choir (one of London’s finest young Chamber Choirs); Vocal Futures (Nurturing young [16-22] audiences for Classical Music); Singing4Success (Leadership and ‘Accelerated Learning’ for Corporates) and The London Youth Choir (a pyramid of 5 choirs, 8-22, serving all ethnic communities in London’s 33 boroughs). Suzi is also a visiting Professor at University of Southern California (Choral Studies) and in 2014 launched her Californian professional vocal consort, The Golden Bridge.
As a conductor, Suzi’s 2011 debut with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Vocal Futures’ Bach’s St Matthew Passion) was met with outstanding critical acclaim: “Choral wizard”, “The mother of all music”, The Telegraph; “Sensitive and accomplished conductor”, Musical America; “A serious force for good within Britain’s music education system”, New Statesman. Suzi annually conducts 2,000 voices in the Royal Albert Hall in a scratch Youth Messiah which, last year, this was awarded Best Classical Music Education Initiative Nationwide by popular Classic FM vote. Suzi has conducted many major choral-orchestral works with, amongst others: BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Brandenburg Festival Orchestra. Venues at which she has conducted include The Royal Albert Hall; St John’s Smith Square; the Gstaad Festival; Ambika P3, London; St Martin in the Fields; St James’ Piccadilly; King’s College Chapel, Cambridge; and (with the Rolling Stones) O2; Glastonbury Festival and Hyde Park.
Suzi is a Trustee of Music in Country Churches, among other music and education charities. She is Past President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and was Acting Music Director of Queens’ College, Cambridge (where she founded and runs the Queens’ Choral Conducting Programme). Amongst many TV appearances, she was judge in BBC1’s hit show, Last Choir Standing with over seven million viewers. She regularly adjudicates choral competitions and gives workshops and lectures around the world.