"I don't know when I've been more moved"- Alexandra Coghlan, The Spectator.
On the 16th September, ORA Singers gathered for the very first time since lockdown to present a socially-distanced livestream performance from Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. ORA had originally planned a scheduled celebration of Tallis at Tate Modern for May 2020, which was set to involve almost 200 participants from local community choirs and feature a public concert. The COVID-19 pandemic forced these plans to be postponed. However, this September ORA Singers was finally able to safely deliver its message of 'Hope' to the world, as a socially-distanced livestream performance.
Described by Classic FM as "a deeply moving experience for us all", the performance marked, for many of its singers, their first professional performance since March, and included some of the most powerful choral music in the repertoire. Described by The Times as "a magnificent, poignant tribute to Tallis", the concert featured two staggering choral works, Tallis 'Spem in alium' (Hope in another) and a new commission by James MacMillan, each piece requiring 40 separate, and challenging, vocal lines. The free livestream performance has now reached over 277,000 viewers worldwide. If you missed it, it's available to watch online, below.
Please, help us to break even
The budget for this unusual project was not small; covering artist costs, music, administration, production and management fees. We managed to cover the vast majority but with just £4,000 remaining in order for us to break even, ORA Singers is now seeking the generosity of you, our friends and viewers, to help cover the remaining deficit. COVID-19 has been difficult for many arts organisations; with ticket income and donations running dry. If you've enjoyed our livestream, or just want to show support for what we're doing, please donate whatever you can.
Ensemble member, Hannah Cooke, commented:
"I think we've all been humbled by the experience of being silenced and separated over the last 6 months, to see actually just how vital music, community, singing and the expression of beauty is for all of our lives... I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has worked incredibly hard to get this rather mad event off the ground."