London Oriana Choir

The London Oriana Choir launched a three-year residency at the Royal Museums Greenwich with a glorious concert of works composed by women – including the world premiere of Cheryl Francis-Hoad’s setting of the Shakespearean sonnet So True A Fool Is Love. This brilliant new piece features an extraordinary sequence in which sections of the 70-strong choir counterpoint one another in differing tick-tock rhythms. Other highlights of the concert – in the amazing space beneath the copper-bottomed hull of the Cutty Sark – included 1,000-year-old tunes from Germany and Bulgaria, Judith Weir’s Drop Down, Ye Heavens, From Above, the stunning O Oriens by Cecilia McDowell and Kerry Andrew’s gorgeous O Nata Lux. The choir – conducted by Dominic Peckham – the composers, their creations and the unique setting combined to make this one of the year’s most memorable events so far.


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