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Who we are
The Oriel Singers are a mixed voice choir with a membership of over 30 voices. Founded in 1977, the choir continues to
attract members from a wide variety of backgrounds who,
above all, enjoy singing together.
The Choir enjoys a respected reputation for their musicianship throughout the Northwest. They have sung in several of the Cathedrals
in the area but are equally at home performing secular music in a variety of venues around the region.
When and Where
Repertoire for concerts is designed to be appealing to both singers and audiences and can range from Bach to the
Beatles or Gibbons to Gershwin with everything inbetween! The Choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings from19:15 to 21:00,
usually from September to July. Rehearsals take place at Our Lady & St Nicholas Parish Church, Pier Head near the Liverpool waterfront.
(see map below)
Rehearsals are led by the Musical Director, Liam Owens. Rehearsals are enjoyable and focused and include voice coaching,
musical interpretation and choral performance.
Oriel Singers do not usually undergo auditions. However, members usually have basic sight-reading skills and enjoy singing in a wide
range of choral styles. The choir sings at a variety of functions and frequently perform in fund raising concerts. For further information,
please visit our Future and Previous Engagements pages.
Membership, however, is not confined to music making and members also enjoy meeting together socially after a rehearsal or concert.
The Oriel Singers take pride in being a welcoming and talented amateur choir. For more information on the Oriel Singers, please call
in to a Tuesday night rehearsal or contact the choir via firstname.lastname@example.org
Our programmes are varied and we hope that the wide range of music we perform interests audiences and singers alike. During Liverpool Capital of Culture Year (2008) we were pleased to link with the Half Circle Singers (Sutton Coldfield)
and the Damon Singers (Chesham) to perform an all American programme celebrating Liverpool`s place as a gateway to the New World.
We performed Bernstein`s Chichester Psalms, Tippett`s Spirituals (from A Child of our Time) along with music by Copland and Eric Whittaker.
The following year, we joined with our Sutton Coldfield friends for an exciting performance of Carmina Burana (Orff).
In recent years we`ve performed many more concert works including: The Armed Man (Jenkins), Haydn`s Mass in a Time of War,
the Requiems of Mozart, Cherubini,Faure and Rutter, Handel`s Coronation Anthems in a joint programme with Purcell`s Funeral Music.
To celebrate his centenary year, we have recently performed Britten`s Ceremony of Carols and Hymn to St Celia.
And of course, we continue to enjoy our popular Christmas performances at Speke Hall and other venues around Merseyside as well as our
Summer and charity concerts from which we draw our repertoire from diverse sources including In The Mood, European Sacred Music,
the Oxford Book of Tudor Anthems and the trusty Book of English Madrigals! See. Something for everyone!
Some of our most recent concerts have been at:
All Hallows, Allerton
Asylum Link at St Anne's, Overbury Street
Liverpool Parish Church
St Michael's in the Hamlet