The Orlando Singers
A chamber choir based in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK.
Based in Dorset, with singers from as far away as Surrey and Devon, The Orlando Singers is a semi-professional chamber choir.
We have performed in major churches including the cathedrals of Norwich, Canterbury, Winchester, Lincoln, York, Truro, Bristol, Gloucester, Southwark and Ely, St. George’s Chapel Windsor, Westminster Abbey, Christchurch Priory and Sherborne Abbey.
What attracts many of the singers to the choir is the fact that we do not meet weekly. Instead, we have Saturday “sing-days” in Dorset (near Blandford). We are a very sociable bunch, partly due to spending all day together on sing-days. All solos are sung by choir members, which is a real incentive for many and a major contribution to the unique sound of the choir – the soloists belong to the choir and therefore sing in the same style.
In addition to its regular concerts the choir also goes on tour. It has been to Malta, Morocco, France, Belgium, Holland, Greece, Prague, Lithuania and Iceland. We also take the opportunity to sing services in cathedrals when the resident choirs are away. We have had residencies in Norwich, Ripon, York and Lincoln cathedrals, St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and other cathedrals from St David’s (Wales) and Truro in the west of the UK to Truro and Canterbury in the east. As well as giving us the chance to sing in some great churches we value these visits as they put the music we perform at concerts into the setting for which it was composed.