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Stephen Fry appointed ORA Singers president

3:00, 11th July 2018

ORA Singers, vocal ensemble and commissioner of contemporary choral music, have appointed Stephen Fry as its new president.

Fry will lead the group into a new residency at LSO St Luke’s from 2019.

He said: ‘The ORA Singers have blazed a trail in the live and recorded singing of choral music that is nothing short of inspiring.

‘By commissioning new works from new composers they initiate a conversation between the past and the present, enlivening and informing. I couldn’t have been more pleased to support one such commission myself and now to accept the role of president of ORA Singers – an entirely, you will be relieved to know, non-musical position.

‘I believe our choral tradition is one of Britain’s supreme achievements. ORA leads the way in keeping it fully and gloriously alive.’

Matthew Beale, ORA Singers chief executive, said: ‘ORA will be opening its residency [at LSO St Luke’s] with the first of nine concerts over three years in its Design Series. This series is inspired by the flexibility and beauty of LSO St Luke’s main space, the Jerwood Hall, and combines with ORA’s desire to engage with its audiences on a whole range of levels.’

Founded in 2016, ORA Singers aim to commission 100 new works in ten years. So far it has commissioned 36 new works.


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