© Orpington Chorale 2018
We’re a choir of some sixty voices over a wide age range. Anyone who loves singing is invited to come and see how they get on. There are no formal auditions. We meet on Wednesday evenings, during school term times, at Christ Lutheran Church, Poverest Road, Orpington. Practices start promptly at 7.30pm, and usually finish at about 9.45pm. The Orpington Chorale has a wide repertoire of sacred and secular music. We perform three concerts a year in April, July and December, sometimes at All Saints' Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington, but recently also at Chislehurst Methodist Church. The Spring concert usually includes a work from the oratorio repertoire; the Summer concert is a programme of light operatic pieces, and popular sacred and secular songs. The Winter concert includes seasonal carols and songs. Our repertoire is as varied as the people who make up the choir, so our audiences can usually find something to their taste in each concert. Over the years we have built up a fine reputation. Come and hear us Affiliated to Come and join us
Our Conductor is Dom Wells … After a first-class B.Mus at Royal Holloway, University of London, he also gained an M.Mus. He then spent a year working (and living) at Westminster Cathedral, before working for a PhD, aided by a Doctoral Fellowship from Durham University. The PhD was awarded in 2012 for a thesis on the concept of retrospection in the music of James MacMillan, specifically with regard to religious, political and musical traditions. He has published book chapters and papers on the music of MacMillan, Thomas Adès and David Lang, and his research interests include issues of modernism and postmodernism, religious music (both liturgical and non-liturgical), and the contemporary British music scene. He writes for ABRSM publications and record companies including Naxos and Ondine, and is primarily a lead producer at BBC Radio 3.  … and our Accompanist is Kathryn Bartlett She was first a junior exhibitioner at Trinity College of Music and then joined the young musicians course at Kingsway - Princeton College. She studied for her BA degree in music at Colchester Institute, specialising in performance and studying piano with Clifford Evans. Then she did a post-graduate course in accompaniment at Trinity College, studying under Christine Croshaw. Kathryn has given many recitals with singers and instrumentalists at venues such as Southwark Cathedral, The Churchill Theatre, Burgh House and Leighton House. She has appeared in Masterclass with accompanist Roger Vignoles and Geoffrey Pratley and in recital with Willard White and with the soprano Ann Musial with whom she works regularly. She teaches the piano at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School and Bexley Music Centre, teaches privately and is a freelance accompanist.
Our annual subscription is £110, which may be paid as a donation under Gift Aid by UK taxpayers as we are a registered charity.

Our next concert:

Light music including British folk-songs and Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 7.30pm Saturday 7th July, All Saints Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington Tickets £10 - under 18 half price.
At rehearsal

History

The Orpington Chorale was formed, in September 1961, by Sheila Mossman, and her husband John Brown, as a result of an approach by parents of the members of Sheila's highly successful children's choir, the Orpington Junior Singers. She remained their conductor until her early death in 1971. They had given 95 concerts under her leadership, including 14 in London, and 10 BBC broadcasts. After Sheila, Ann Handy took over the direction of the choir, then Jane Attfield, who later went on to conduct in Germany. In 1974, Michael Blackley became the Chorale's conductor, continuing for 40 years, until retirement in July 2014, to be succeeded by Dominic Wells.
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We’re a choir of some sixty voices over a wide age range. Anyone who loves singing is invited to come and see how they get on. There are no formal auditions. We meet on Wednesday evenings, during school term times, at Christ Lutheran Church, Poverest Road, Orpington. Practices start promptly at 7.30pm, and usually finish at about 9.45pm. The Orpington Chorale has a wide repertoire of sacred and secular music. We perform three concerts a year in April, July and December, sometimes at All Saints' Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington, but recently also at Chislehurst Methodist Church. The Spring concert usually includes a work from the oratorio repertoire; the Summer concert is a programme of light operatic pieces, and popular sacred and secular songs. The Winter concert includes seasonal carols and songs. Our repertoire is as varied as the people who make up the choir, so our audiences can usually find something to their taste in each concert. Over the years we have built up a fine reputation. Come and hear us Affiliated to Come and join us
Our annual subscription is £110, which may be paid as a donation under Gift Aid by UK taxpayers as we are a registered charity.
Our Conductor is Dom Wells … After a first-class B.Mus at Royal Holloway, University of London, he also gained an M.Mus. He then spent a year working (and living) at Westminster Cathedral, before working for a PhD, aided by a Doctoral Fellowship from Durham University. The PhD was awarded in 2012 for a thesis on the concept of retrospection in the music of James MacMillan, specifically with regard to religious, political and musical traditions. He has published book chapters and papers on the music of MacMillan, Thomas Adès and David Lang, and his research interests include issues of modernism and postmodernism, religious music (both liturgical and non-liturgical), and the contemporary British music scene. He writes for ABRSM publications and record companies including Naxos and Ondine, and is primarily a lead producer at BBC Radio 3.  … and our Accompanist is Kathryn Bartlett She was first a junior exhibitioner at Trinity College of Music and then joined the young musicians course at Kingsway - Princeton College. She studied for her BA degree in music at Colchester Institute, specialising in performance and studying piano with Clifford Evans. Then she did a post-graduate course in accompaniment at Trinity College, studying under Christine Croshaw. Kathryn has given many recitals with singers and instrumentalists at venues such as Southwark Cathedral, The Churchill Theatre, Burgh House and Leighton House. She has appeared in Masterclass with accompanist Roger Vignoles and Geoffrey Pratley and in recital with Willard White and with the soprano Ann Musial with whom she works regularly. She teaches the piano at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School and Bexley Music Centre, teaches privately and is a freelance accompanist.

Our next concert:

Light music including British folk-songs and Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast by Samuel Coleridge- Taylor 7.30pm Saturday 7th July, All Saints Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington Tickets £10 - under 18 half price.
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© Orpington Chorale 2018
At rehearsal

History

The Orpington Chorale was formed, in September 1961, by Sheila Mossman, and her husband John Brown, as a result of an approach by parents of the members of Sheila's highly successful children's choir, the Orpington Junior Singers. She remained their conductor until her early death in 1971. They had given 95 concerts under her leadership, including 14 in London, and 10 BBC broadcasts. After Sheila, Ann Handy took over the direction of the choir, then Jane Attfield, who later went on to conduct in Germany. In 1974, Michael Blackley became the Chorale's conductor, continuing for 40 years, until retirement in July 2014, to be succeeded by Dominic Wells.
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