About

The London Orpheus Choir is a medium-sized, friendly and enthusiastic choir, founded in the city in 1945. 

The choir performs regularly at venues across London, including St John’s Smith Square and St James’s Church, Piccadilly. The choir is a long-standing supporter of Phab, a charity helping disabled and non-disabled people of all ages to enjoy life. We perform a Christmas carol concert in aid of Phab every year.

In 2011, the choir started the London Orpheus Choir’s Young Artists’ Platform, welcoming young rising stars from London’s music colleges to perform with us. We hope to continue the project for many years to come.

 

Interim Musical Director

Jessica Norton is Musical Director of the London Concord Singers and the East London Chorus, a freelance rehearsal conductor and Associate Musical Director of Pegasus choir. Most recently she has worked with the London Symphony Chorus, Milton Keynes Chorale, the News International Choir and St Michael’s Church, Bray, having previously had repeat invitations to conduct at CBSO and LSO chorus Come and Sing Days. She has led many other choirs including the St Ives Choral Society, the Hilton Youth Choir, and was the Musical Director of Barclays Capital Choir in Canary Wharf for three years. She was also appointed Musical Director for the Barber Summer Festival Opera in 2014. As a vocal coach, she has taken sessions with Allegro Chamber Choir at St Mary’s School, Cambridge, Hallfield Primary School, Birmingham and Richmond Women’s Chorus, Virginia.

Jessica is also a keen composer and her choral pieces have been premiered in such prestigious venues as Guildford Cathedral, the Victoria Rooms in Bristol and Chevy Chase United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. Alongside her compositions Jessica also edits music for singer/songwriter Archie Smith, and has received multiple commissions from Guildhall students in London. With a diploma in Singing Performance, she also sings with the London Symphony Chorus and most recently sang on the set of ITV’s The Halcyon.

 

Accompanist

Marcus Andrews is a British pianist and chamber musician. Marcus studied privately with Yvonne Dinwiddy and then at Trinity College of Music with Simon Young. He was then then appointed Graduate Assistant Accompanist at the University of Connecticut, where he gained a Master’s Degree, was awarded the Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship and made a member of the National Musicians’ Honor Society Pi Kappa Lamda. He won the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Accompanist Prize in 2000 and is in demand as an accompanist and chamber musician.

Marcus has given solo, chamber and concerto performances at major venues across London, the UK and beyond. Winner of the Trinity College of Music Trust Silver Medal for Keyboard and the first Jaques Samuel Pianos Trinity College of Music Prize, he took part in the Park Lane Group Young Artists Concert Series at the South Bank and has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham Festival, St Martin in the Fields, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The South Bank and at festivals across the UK and Europe.
 
Marcus’ recitals feature a wide selection of repertoire from baroque to contemporary eras, often seeking to make refreshing connections between the past and present. The music of Beethoven and the Russian masters feature heavily in his repertoire, as well as living composers such as Michael Summers, Carl Vine and Cecilia McDowall.