ORA is a critically-acclaimed a cappella vocal group that has been recognised for its musical excellence, as well as its fresh and engaging approach to music-making and performance.
ORA’s vision, as a world class ensemble, is to sustain and encourage a second Renaissance in choral composition. Just as in the first Golden Age, present-day choral composers are combining superb craftsmanship with ravishing soundscapes, and to celebrate and nurture this we have a programme for commissioning some of the world’s most exciting choral composers to write reflections on Renaissance masterpieces.
We believe that there is no other vocal group that is currently commissioning at this rate and we have a primary aim of 100 new commissions by 100 contemporary composers within the next 10 years.
ORA has an ambitious programme of releasing two albums each year for its first five years, and is unusual for a group of its kind in that its major focus is on commissioning and recording.
Our recordings are collections of Renaissance Masterpieces set alongside contemporary reflections, commissioned by ORA; we approach some of the world’s most exciting choral composers, both established and up-and-coming, to write responses to these early classics and showcase them in themed anthologies.
ORA gathers together some of the UK’s leading ensemble singers, all of whom have performed with the leading professional choirs in Europe, between them they have appeared in thousands of concerts across the globe and have been instrumental in winning numerous industry recording awards.
ORA, unusually for an a cappella group, also makes use of professional Stage Directors and Designers to produce full productions rather than just traditional ‘stand and sing’ concerts.
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In performance, ORA spends time creating special one-off events (such as our launch at the Tower of London and Cutty Sark) and exploring artistic collaborations.
Suzi Digby, Founder and Artistic Director of ORA, 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.