Friday 8 July 2022

Celebrating the culmination of its five15 project, London Oriana Choir presents its Women Composers Festival

London Oriana Choir's Women Composers Festival

London Oriana Choir's five15 project launched in 2016 to support and champion women composers through commissioning new works, increased concert programming, workshops, recordings and more, aiming to create a paradigm shift in people’s perceptions of a typical composer. Through a series of composers in residence, Hannah Kendall, Anna Disley-Simpson, Jessica Curry, Rebecca Dale, and Cheryl Frances-Hoad, the choir has commissioned 15 new pieces as well as championing the work of other women composers in their programmes.

The project now culminates in a celebratory Women Composers Festival concert at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall when Dominic Ellis-Peckham conducts the London Oriana Choir and they are joined by three guest choirs, The Edinburgh Singers, Southern Spirit Singers and Archer Academy student choir. The programme features works commissioned by London Oriana Choir from all five of their composers in residence, along with works by Judith Weir, Mia Makaroff, Annie Lennox, Kate Rusby and Sarah Quartel.

London Oriana Choir and Dominic Ellis-Peckham have recorded all the five15 a cappella commissions for an album for nonclassical which will be issued in 2023/24, and to celebrate their recording of Anna Disley-Simpson's In the blue is released as a single [on Spotify]. Disley-Simpson won a competition in 2019 organised under the five15 umbrella amongst composers aged under 25.

Full details of the concert from the Southbank Centre's website.

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