ORA Singers has been awarded Germany’s biggest classical prize, the Opus Klassik, at a star-studded ceremony in Berlin. The innovative a capella group, which is supported by the Pureland Foundation, was named Ensemble of the Year (Choral) for its album Many are the Wonders. The presentation took place at the Konzerthaus Berlin on October 14.
Founded and directed by Suzi Digby OBE, ORA Singers is recognised for its modern take on the centuries-old choral tradition and ranks among the world’s foremost commissioners of contemporary choral music.
Bruno Wang, founder of the Pureland Foundation and a Founding Benefactor of ORA, said: “I am delighted that ORA has been recognised in such august company. The Klassik Awards are highly prestigious, and the competition was of the highest standard.”
The Opus Klassik Awards succeed the Echo Klassik Awards and are Germany’s leading classical music awards. They are organised by Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI), which comprises many of the biggest names in the music world, including Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and Warner Classics.
Other award-winners included the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig as Orchestra of the Year, Diana Damrau as Female Singer of the Year and Juan Diego Florez as Male Singer of the Year.
Benny Andersson, of legendary Swedish pop/rock group ABBA, received the Classic Beyond Borders Award and German singer Christa Ludwig received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The much-loved Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballé, who died recently, was also remembered during the show.
It has been an exciting 12 months for ORA, who next year will take up a residency at LSO St Luke’s, the vibrant musical venue and rehearsal space of the London Symphony Orchestra, performing nine concerts over three years.
The group has also announced the launch of its first Composer Competition, which will see a selection of new works chosen and performed by ORA Singers at a special Competition Final Concert in July 2019.