riana Singers - Choral Society



riana Singers - Choral Society
Weddings and other events
The Oriana Singers frequently provides the music
for Weddings in Tunbridge Wells and nearby
towns and villages. We have sung recently at
weddings in Cranbrook, Southborough, Rusthall,
Frant, Mayfield, Ringmer, Ide Hill and Brenchley.
We normally provide 8 singers, musical director
and organist. We can also provide a soloist if
required. Larger churches might need 12 singers.
We know the local churches well, and can advise
you on the size of choir needed to produce a full
sound for the music you want.
We will lead the hymns, perform music of your
choice during the signing of the register
and - unless you are using your local organist provide entry and exit music.
What does it cost?
We are not a commercial choir but naturally we
make a charge to cover our expenses. For a choir
of 8 singers and the Musical Director the likely
cost is about £300. We charge more if we are
providing the organist or a soloist, and for
Weddings which are more than 10 miles from
Tunbridge Wells.
Contact Us
E-mail: [email protected]
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A warm welcome to The Oriana Singers.
The Oriana Singers regularly provides the
choir for services at leading English
Cathedrals. We have sung at every
Anglican Cathedral in the country, also in
Wales and Northern Ireland. Based in
Tunbridge Wells, we are one of the most
active choirs in the Kent and Sussex area.
We sing music from the 16th Century to
the present day, with a strong interest in
Renaissance Church music by composers
such as Byrd, Tallis and Palestrina. The
music is carefully chosen for each service,
wedding or concert and we aim for a
thoughtful and musical presentation. We
pride ourselves on achieving high standards
in just six rehearsals whilst maintaining a
relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We are
often joined for particular events, by young
singers who are interested in broadening
their experience of English Church music.
New singers are welcome. We rehearse in
Rusthall. There is no audition but good
sight-reading ability is important.
Cathedral Visits & Weekends
The Oriana Singers comprises about 23 members. In a year, there
are usually three weekend visits where the choir provides music for
the Cathedral Services. In addition, there are Day Visits, either on
Saturday or Sunday. Since October 2010, the choir has visited
Bath Abbey, Westminster Abbey, St. Alban’s Abbey, Guildford
Cathedral and St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Cathedral Repertoire
Settings for Evensong
Bairstow in D
Brewer in D
Cook in G
Gibbons Short Service
Harwood in A Flat
Hooper in E Short Service
Stanford in C
Stanford in B flat
Sumsion in G
Wood in F and G
Britten: Jubilate Deo
Gray in D
Stanford in B flat
Allegri: Misereri
Bach: Up up my heart
Bairstow: Jesu, the very
thought of thee
Batten: Nunc Dimittis
Boyce: Te Deum
Britten: Jubilate
Bruckner: Locus Iste, Ave Maria
Duruflé: Ubi Caritas
Ireland: Greater Love
Parry: I was Glad
Purcell: Thou Knowest Lord
Reger: Unser Lieben Frauen
Rutter: I will sing with the Spirit
Stanford: Beati Quorum,
Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem
Tallis: If ye love me,
Randall Thompson: Alleluia
Tye: Give Almes of thy Goods
Weelkes: Gloria
Wood: O Thou the Central Orb,
Hail Gladdening Light
Planned for 2011-2013
Music Direction
Saturday 29th October 2011
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
Sunday 30th October 2011
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
Our Conductor and organist
are full-time professional
musicians who accompany us
on all of our visits.
Byrd, Rose, Sanders, Gibson
Smith 5 part
Settings for Choral Eucharist
Byrd, Mass for 4 voices
Darke in F
Harwood in A Flat
In Bath, we sang Evensong and
Choral Matins. There was time for
sight-seeing and socialising as well.
All work and no play...
Settings for Matins
Friday 30th December 2011
Canterbury Cathedral
Saturday 28th January 2012
Southwark Cathedral
Saturday 14th &
Sunday 15th April 2012
(Low Sunday)
Peterborough Cathedral
Saturday 2nd June 2012
Jubilee Concert (tba)
St. Alban’s Abbey & Cathedral (left)
was a full Weekend Visit. Guildford
Cathedral (above) and St. Martin-inthe-Fields were Day Visits.
Saturday 20th &
Sunday 21st October 2012
Coventry Cathedral
Monday 26th August to
Sunday 1st September 2013
Truro Cathedral
Caroline Johnson is our Director of
Music. There are no auditions but
she doesn’t miss a thing!