Advent Calendar: A Christmas album with a difference

An exciting Christmas album by the world-class contemporary choral ensemble ORA has been launched at a spectacular event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The programme included two new ORA commissions by renowned British composers, John Rutter CBE and Debbie Wiseman MBE.

The album, which will be released on Christmas Eve, is supported by the Pureland Foundation and Bruno Wang Productions. Highlights include Adam Lay Y-Bounden by Howard Skempton, Gabriel’s Message by Jim Clements, Suzi’s Carol by John Rutter and Adrian Peacock’s Venite Gaudete!

To celebrate this festive release, ORA has created an online musical advent calendar with a new track being unveiled every day.

ORA is a critically-acclaimed a cappella vocal group that has been recognised for its musical excellence, as well as its fresh and engaging approach to music-making and performance.

Under Suzi Digby OBE, its founder and artistic director, ORA’s vision is to commission some of the world’s most exciting choral composers to write reflections on Renaissance masterpieces. Its aim is to create 100 new works by 100 contemporary composers within the next 10 years.

In support of this ambitious commissioning programme, it has launched the ORA100 club, which music patrons can join at an individual cost of £1,000 per year for three years.

ORA is known for working with many of the leading lights of contemporary classic music, as well as rising stars. It brings together the UK’s leading ensemble singers, all of whom have performed with top professional choirs across Europe. Between them they have appeared in thousands of concerts and been instrumental in winning numerous industry recording awards.

ORA, unusually for an a cappella group, also makes use of professional stage directors and designers to produce full productions rather than simply traditional ‘stand and sing’ concerts.